Sustainability in Motion at the Berlinale

Sustainability in motion is the title of Green Film Shooting’s 5th panel at the Berlinale that is hosted by the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and MFG Baden-Württemberg. Going green is becoming more common for filmmakers throughout the world – whether they need to save precious resources for low-budget productions or to reduce their carbon footprint when shooting motion pictures or series that require complex production methods.


The Berlinale Competition films System Crasher by Nora Fingscheidt and The Golden Glove by Fatih Akin were both awarded a Green Shooting Card by the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Jonas Weydemann, Producer of System Crasher will speak about the sustainable actions that were taking during the shooting. New York-based Eco Supervisor Emellie O’Brien greened the set of The Marvelous Ms. Maisel, while her French colleagues Mathieu Delahousse and Charles Gachet-Dieuzeide from Secoya Eco-Tournage reduced the environmental impact of the French comedy Notre Dame by Valerie Donzelli.


Nevina Satta, CEO, Sardegna Film Commission, hosted George Clooney’s latest production in her region. When he was filming the Catch-22 series in Sardinia, his team followed Paramount’s sustainability guidelines. New York-based Berlinale Talent Rocio Gimenez used about 4,000 square feet of cardboard to design an entire set with furniture, floors, and wallpaper. And last, but not least, the Berlinale rolled out a red carpet made entirely from recycled fish nets.


From Spain to Finland, new initiatives and incentives are inspiring filmmakers to develop and produce their projects in a more environmentally-friendly manner as producers, sustainability experts, and film commissioners acknowledge. Joanna Gallardo, Ecoprod Adviser, will speak about the green production incentives of the Île-de-France Film Commission. In Spain, Concha Díaz Ferrer, Film Commissioner at the Tenerife Film Commission has taken some steps to green film production while Kaisa Astikainen, Sustainability Coordinator from Finland, is preparing the first Finnish feature will that will be produced sustainably. German Green Shooting Consultant and Producer Fabian Linder is planning in co-production with partners from Finland the feature film Franky Five Star that will be produced sustainably.


The green panel discussion takes place at Landesvertretung Hamburg on February 9 from 2.30 to 4 pm. If you like to attend, please RSVP before February 7, 2019.



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