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Ewa’s survey on the impact of COVID crisis

Alexia Muiños Ruiz
Alexia Muiños Ruiz

Impact of COVID-19 crisis on EWA members

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 has brought unprecendented changes and challenges in our sector, EWA Network launched a survey among its members to understand their specific situation and worries. The principal goal was to get a clear picture of the situation in order to pinpoint whether any specific measures are called for in the immediate future.

In the mean time, EWA Network is currently engaged in a number of online activities such as the Hang Outs and EWA talks Change, webinars and online meetings to support its community and foster networking in times of lockdown.

We hope recovery will lead to a more balanced world that is more resilient to future crisis and place women at the centre of the efforts and the equal representation in planning and decision-making.

"Feeling part of a global network makes me feel stronger and less alone. I think sharing the knowledge, what other countries are doing, would be great."

The numbers in a nutshell


The survey was addressed to EWA members. The respondents who completed the 20 questions of the survey  were all women based in 24 European countries and the US. The respondents come from all areas of the industry, from directing and on-location roles, to production, acting and craft-based jobs and included 48 company owners.

The geographical range of the respondents is the following, with a majority of answers from Germany and Italy.

The average loss of income is 67% as a result of the devastating effect of the crisis on development, production  and caregiving tasks.

Respondents by country

"To implement targeted unemployment benefits for those working intermittently ( as many film industry freelance workers) would be a measure to be taken seriously."

Respondents' profile


Our survey revealed that 66% of the respondents, have been working more than 10 years in the sector and 9% had just been working for less than 5 years.

  • 89% of them work in the private sector
  • 21% have been working for more than 20 years in the industry.
  • 55% are freelance
  • 49.5% are running their own company.

Primary activity of the respondents

"How can we make sure we produce less at better conditions? We need to know how the international film institutions can support our content."

The EWA survey revealed that 84% of respondents are seriously affected, while their current work has been cancelled with hardly any income coming in.

Around 61 % of the shootings have been paused, leaving the respondents without a source of income.

The average loss of income is of 67% as a result of deep impact on the industry.

26 % of them live in countries where there have not been envisaged any specific measure to compensate their loss.

43% are caregivers who have to devote half of their time to this task.

79% think that current crisis will affect permanently the audiovisual industry.

63% don't think they will be able to work in the same conditions as before.

Impact on the projects

IN what way have the projects been affected?

The COVID-19 crisis has not only created financial distress but it’s also leaving EWA Network's filmmaking community concerned about the future, in terms of livelihood and career expectations but also thinking thoroughly of alternative wayouts.

Sadly, there are countries which have not proposed specific measures for the sector and some of other national financial measures envisaged have left many of the self-employed force, unable to claim any financial support at all, outlining the insecurity in the sector, particularly for those who can't possibly count on royalties.

Despite some pesimistic feelings about the future of independent productions, most of the respondents conveyed a strong feeling of belonging to a global network, which made them feel supported and stronger.

"Production money is being moved to development which might result in some fresh projects/programmes.."

"Establish special access to funding and development programs for creatives coming from countries with small industries and dedicated schemes for caregivers."