COVID-19 Testing – American Film Institute

Testing Protocol


Testing Overview

All Fellows, Faculty, and staff who wish to enter campus must undergo testing.

In order to gain entry to campus, Fellows, Faculty and staff not experiencing symptoms will be tested every two weeks. (Please note, production guidelines will differ as to frequency. For specifics, please refer to the AFI Production Guidelines, which were created by an AFI Task Force that included Fellows, Faculty and staff. The guidelines are founded upon “The Safe Way Forward” study published by the DGA, IATSE, the Teamsters and SAG/AFTRA. Also, testing frequency requirements may change as availability or unforeseen situations arise.)

If a test proves positive while an individual is experiencing no symptoms, the individual may only return to campus 10 days after the test result and a release from a physician.

If an individual has received a COVID-19 diagnosis with a positive test result within the past three months, they may be exempted from testing for a 90-day period following diagnosis so long as they have a doctor’s note.


Testing – AFI Campus

A mobile unit will be on campus to provide COVID testing for pre-approved Fellows, Faculty, and staff. Those testing will be provided a specific appointment time and date.

The current test will involve providing a nasal sample. Results will be provided in 24 hours.



Should an individual experience any of the following symptoms, they should reach out to their primary care physician as soon as they become symptomatic:

– Congestion/runny nose
– Cough
– Diarrhea
– Fatigue
– Fever or chills
– Headache
– Muscle/body aches
– Nausea or vomiting
– New loss of taste or smell
– Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
– Sore throat

If an individual does not have a Primary Care Provider, they should call 2-1-1, where LA County can assist them in finding a provider.

If an individual has ANY symptoms, they are required to stay home for 10 days from symptom onset even if they have a negative COVID test result. Additionally, individuals must have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever.


Testing – After Exposure

A 10-day quarantine is required for all individuals who have come into close contact with a suspected or positive COVID case. The 10-day time period begins at the most recent day of exposure.

If symptoms develop, refer to testing with symptoms protocol above.


Acceptable Tests

Acceptable Tests:


Note: Antibody and Antigen tests are not acceptable for productions.


Test Results – Reporting

Individuals wishing to enter campus will be required to show screening staff a current digital or printed test result that adheres to entry criteria. This data will be tied to a randomized ID number to retain privacy.

All positive test results from off-campus testing must be reported to AFI’s COVID Compliance Officer at [email protected].




There will be two screening locations on campus located at the South entry to the Warner parking lot and the north end of the Warner bldg. Individuals will be screened through their car window or as they approach campus on foot at main entrance from Western avenue.

Screening process:

  1. Individual tells screener their personalized ID number and the screener enters it into a secure, confidential form.
  2. Individual shows screener a current, digital or printed test result that adheres to entry criteria
  3. Screener asks individual if they are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms.
  4. Screener uses a contactless digital thermometer to take temperature of individual.
  5. Screener digitally records either entrance to or denial from campus based on screening results.
  6. If granted access, Screener provides individual with wristband color-coded by day to signify successful completion of screening and clearance to be on campus.
  7. If entry is denied, individual will receive information on safely quarantining and encouraged to reach out to their primary care provider.

Screening criteria:

  • Individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or over may request one additional temperature reading 5 minutes after the initial reading to ensure accuracy before denial is finalized
  • Entry will be denied to those without an appropriate test result, those experiencing COVID-related symptoms, those with a temperature of 100.4 or higher and/or those deemed visibly ill by Screeners
  • Acceptable test results:
    • Negative result within previous14 days
    • Positive result between10-90 days ago plus a doctor’s note clearing them to be around other individuals


Protocol for Screeners

All screeners will wear gloves, N95/kn95 and eye protection and/or a surgical mask + face shield.