COVID-19 Testing – American Film Institute

Testing Protocol


Testing Overview

All Fellows, Faculty and Staff who do not provide proof of vaccination will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test from within 3 days in order to enter campus.

Please note that production guidelines may differ as to frequency. For specifics, 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 after completing their isolation period per LA County guidelines.

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 provide documentation following their infection.

Testing – AFI Campus

A mobile unit will be on campus to provide COVID-19 testing.

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 until symptoms resolve 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

Fully vaccinated individuals should test 3-5 days following an exposure or travel.

A 10-day quarantine is required for all individuals who are not fully vaccinated and have come into close contact with a suspected or positive COVID case. The 10-day time period begins the day after the most recent exposure.

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

Acceptable Tests

Acceptable Tests:


-molecular tests

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

Test Results – Reporting

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

Please fill out the Positive Case Reporting Form.