Call for green film production competition

A kingfisher is the symbol of a new international green film production award. Worth of 20,000 euros, the Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production will be given out for the first time during the Berlin International Film Festival  in 2022. Launched by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and the Heinz Sielmann foundation, the international competition is going to reward environmentally friendly actions in the film and TV industry. Entries can be submitted by production companies which planned and produced innovative film and TV productions by implementing new sustainable production methods and saving significant amounts of energy and resources.


„The crime movie on Sunday brings out big suspense but also more than 100 metric tons of carbon emissions for each single production”, says Florian Pronold, Parliamentary State Secretary at BMU. “The film industry has a huge potential to increase climate protection and to waste less resources. For this reason, the award will be given out to producers who manage to produce films  in the most environmentally friendly way. No matter if it is about reusable sets, optimized workflows with less locations, renewable energy, energy efficient LED lights, electric vehicles or no vehicles at all  – we want to point out that sustainable film productions are possible. With the competition, we want to create a wealth of experience to help the film and TV industry make the long-term transition to sustainable productions."


Meanwhile, there are already green alternatives for several sectors of film und TV production which should become more common. The „Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production“ will be awarded to producers who implemented sustainability into the sumbitted production and in the management practice of their company.


That includes the use of eco-friendly techniques and renewables as well as sustainable procurement which is based on the re-use of products and recycling products. Another  criteria is the management of the production infrastructure as for example to get short hauls due to the selection of locations. Furthermore, the applicants need to have a clear commitment to reduce the environmental impact of their productions. This can be an environmental management system or public available environmental guidelines of the company.


The competition supports the efforts of the film industry to create binding ecological minimum standards for productions.  The competition is open for film productions of any kind of genre and formats such as feature films, documentaries and TV movies from all across the world. The applications for the Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production can be submitted by November 30, 2021. The award will be handed out by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Heinz Sielmann foundation in cooperation with the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) and the Produzentenallianz. The award ceremony will take place on Februar 10, 2022 at the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Berlin.


Photos: © Kit Thanit/Shutterstock, Feldberg/Heinz Sielmann Stiftung

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