The 51th edition of the International Karlovy Vary Film Festival comes up with several green activities this year. For the sixth time, all accreditated festival guests can rent a bike for free for the first hours. The stations were the bikes are located are at the festival center in front of the Thermal, at the hotel Pupp as well as at the camping site.
Sponsored by the US company Specialized, the Prague-based Ski Centrum Bike is in charge for the renting of the bikes and the technical service. "We have 60 bikes in action at the festival,", reports a team member. "In average, the bikes are rented a thousand times per day."
But also waste management is an issue at the Czech film festival. The colorful labelled bins for paper, plastic, waste and glass are located at various places across the festival center. Furthermore, at several places in the city of Karlovy Vary are modern recycling bins in which the waste can be compressed up to one fifth of the total volume. The decision to do more recycling measures is based on an agreement beween the film festival and the city which was inspired by some suggestions of international festival visitors. The plastic trash is also reduced whenever possible. Instead of plastic bottles, the festival team is using gallons of water.
The film application proccess are also changed to digital in Karlovy Vary to avoid the use paper. Among the filmmakers at the festival in Karlovy Vary is Belgish director Felix von Gronningen who presents his new film Belgica which was produced in a sustainable way. "We didn’t use plastic cups and came to the set by bike, whenever possible", reports the Oscar-nominated director whose award-winning film The Broken Circle Breakdown was one of the first feature film productions in Belgium that measured its carbon footprint.