Film and sustainability experts from Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and New York gave an insight into their green initiatives and projects at the panel discussion Sustainability in Motion that was held during the 69th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. Supported by the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and MFG Baden-Württemberg, the participants talked about their approaches to produce feature and TV films as well as commercials in a more environment-friendly way.
"Raising awareness for green production is most diffucult", says French producer Charles Gachet-Dieuzeide who founded together with former location manager Mathieu Delahousse the Paris-based eco-consulting company Secoya that helps productions to harmonize their economic and eco-logical requirements. In Germany, producer Fabian Lindner is consulting German broadcaster SWR as Green Shooting Consultant.With his company Langmatt Filmproduktion, he is producing sustainably the feature film Franky Five Star, that will be a co-production with Finland.
From Finland comes Sustainability Coordinator Kaisa Astikainen who is preparing the first Finnish feature film will that will be produced sustainably by the Helsinki-based production company Bufo. New York-based filmmaker Rocio Gimenez also works as production designer. The 2019 Berlinale Talent knows from experience that the team of low-budget projects often have other concerns than producing their film eco-friendly because they work under a lot of time pressure.
This is a common problem that New York-based Eco Supervisor Emellie O’Brien is going to tackle with her company Earth Angel that already greened renowned feature films, including The Post, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Noah, and Queen of Katweby as well as the Amazon Prime series The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel. With the new service Good Riddance she is collecting set material that will be given to non-profit organisations and creatives from the art community.
Meanwhile several French film studios are providing productions with set decoration material that they have in stock. In Germany, production companies such as Weydemann Bros also have a small stock but are also creating creative solutions to make sure that their resources will be reused when production wraps, as producer Jonas Weydemann reports. Their Berlinale Competition film System Crasher has been awarded a Green Shooting Card by the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.
In France, the Île-de-France Film Commission is rewarding environmental-friendly productions with an eco-bonus, as Joanna Gallardo, Ecoprod Adviser, points out. A lot of prestige but also a huge carbon footprint was brought to Italy when George Clooney was shooting the Catch-22 series in Sardinia. Nevina Satta, CEO, Sardegna Film Commission, speaks frankly about the challenges and chances that the Paramount production brought to her region. The need for sustainability on an island is also recognized in Spain. Concha Díaz Ferrer from Tenerife Film Commission talks about the successful lauch of green production guidelines that producers are adapting at Tenerife.
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