In Italy, the Sardegna Film Commission (FSFC) continues to focus sharply on training initiatives in order to foster new talent and to implement green approaches at all levels of audio-visual production, be it short films, tv series, feature films, or animation. “The idea is to generate as
much content on sustainability as possible”, says Nevina Satta, CEO of the Sardegna Film Commission. With the launch of Screen in Green, a screenwriting competition is for the first time being dedicated to the creation of original content promoting sustainability.
For the Screen in Green competition, supported by the Ministry for Ecological Transition, the Sardegna Film Commission teamed up with the prestigious Italian screenwriters’ organization Premio Solinas as well as with Green Cross Italia. Created in Sardinia in 1986, Premio Solina is the most important screenwriting competition in Italy, and whose winners include well-known script writers such as Paolo Sorrentino. The finalists for the award also participate in a one-week workshop at La Maddalena, an island archipelago in a marine reserve in the north of Sardinia.
“There is heavy investment in scientific research as well as in the protection of biodiversity”, says Nevina Satta, who invited scientists to come and speak to the writers. “Screenwriting requires science. Whenever you create the conditions to combine motivation, talent, and information through science, it has a consistent viability.” The Screen in Green finalists will participate in either the writer’s room or the screenwriters’ workshop on the island. Besides awards for scripts of short films, TV series, and feature films, the Green in Screen initiative offers networking opportunities with well-established writers and producers. “We give a first look to national broadcasters such as RAI and Sky as well as to Netflix and Amazon”, stresses Nevina Satta. By scouting the most interesting talents, producers can decide if they want to develop the projects.
Following up on the 2020HEROES project, a further training initiative is being embedded in
the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations. The Sardegna Film Commission will support short films that promote sustainable tourism. “We
are launching calls for local filmmakers and producers to create original content to promote new ways to discover Sardinia.”
Furthermore, the animation program that focuses on environmentally friendly content for young audiences will be expanded. The 2D animated short film Mission Mare about keeping the ocean plastic-free is going to be turned into a TV series for kids. “Our animation hub is a production and training lab”, emphasizes Nevina Satta, who is developing a residence exchange program with producers from Angoulême, the French animation capital. “More content is being developed by working together sustainably through animation.”
“The time for half-measures and climate denial is over. Unless we move quickly away from fossil fuels, we’re going to destroy the air we breathe, the water we drink, the health of our children, grandchildren and future generations. If we’re going to avoid the worst of the impacts, then we’ve just got to act boldly. And we must act immediately."
Actor, Director, Producer, Environmentalist
"The media has a powerful role to play in the fight against climate change. Through films, television, and all media outlets, we must continue to deliver the message that solutions are out there and are happening now. We have to make it attractive for people to take action. Movies like Avatar, The Day After Tomorrow, and documentaries like Years of Living Dangerously, which I was proud to be a part of, have been very popular, reaching and inspiring millions of people. And I believe films in particular can really inspire and make people want to take action. It’s great to see some of my film-industry friends working with climate related organizations to push forward those messages."
„It‘s high time to reorganize film production in Germany in a ‚greener‘ and more sustainable way. So far, I am flabbergasted by how much our industry works in environmentally harmful ways.To this very day, it starts with until today one-sided print-outs of scripts, and then it continues with plastic bottles in production offices and lots of plastic waste with every catered meal, and it doesn‘t stop with the limousines that pull up to a red carpet.
For many years, people have sneered at me when I brought my own cup or I declined to eat cheap meat served on paper or plastic plates with plastic knives and forks. It would be great if the Green Shooting Card could change all that.“
Director (Ben X, Time of My Life)
„It’s absolutely great that filmmakers all over the world are trying to clean up their act, and are trying to film as sustainable as we possibly can. Still, I think we shouldn’t underestimate the incredible power of the moving image to also change the hearts and minds of people.
So, apart from trying to be more environmentally aware in our business, I think the big gain lies in how we might make everyone more environmentally aware. Yes, cinema can change the world.
I think filmmakers should start using the powerful weapon in our hands that is the camera.
Let’s not only try to do ‘less bad’. Let’s try to do right, and help drive the change that we all know needs to arrive.“
“We are living in a time in which we can’t afford to behave irresponsibly towards nature. The more important is it that film productions try to work as environmentally friendly as possible. A film team produces every day tons of garbage. I try to avoid using plastic cups on set, I bring my own cup, use ecofriendly cosmetics and avoid needless single rides.”
Photo ® Maddalena Arosio
Darren Aronofsky, Director, Noah / Jury President, 65th Berlin International Film Festival
“When we did Noah we knew we were making a film about the first steward of the earth, so we wanted to be good stewards ourselves. There’s so much waste on film sets. Because of groups like Earth Angel, we were able to change that a little bit.”
"As a TV and film producer I try to incorporate environmental storylines into my projects as much as possible. But it’s just as important, if not more, to ‚go green‘ behind the scenes! Therefore, I help run the Producers Guild of America’s Green Initiative.
We provide resources such as a Best Practices and a Carbon Calculator to help producers green their productions. We also partnered with all the major studios to create www.greenproductionguide.com which is a free green vendor database with over 2,000 vendors offering sustainable production solutions worldwide!"
Producer, Director and Visual Effects Supervisor (2001: A Space Odysee, Blade Runner)
"Trumbull Studios in Massachusetts is dedicated to being green as much as possible, including the use of LED lighting, solar power, and solar laptops. This is not just because our location has limited amperage and no three-phase, we believe we have a responsibility to our community and our planet to be a clean industry.
We are planning for digital photography in 3D 4K at 120 frames per second from remote and inaccessible locations that will not have available power. Solar is the way to go."
Dieter Kosslick, Director Berlin International Film Festival
„The Berlinale is already actively addressing the sustainability subject since years. We appreciate it very much that a growing number of filmmakers, among them this year‘s jury presiden Darren Aranofsky, is following green guidelines on set.“
Director of Photography (A Most Wanted Man)
‘I never have been told precisely what the rules are for shooting a green movie, but we are trying to do it. This is something new for me. Sometimes people overlight scenes at night. I don’t. If I can see with my own eyes, then it is enough for the film. In that sense I am a green DoP.’
Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons who stars in the Berlinale Competition entry The Night Train To Lisbon is a fan of source segregated recycling. „Especially in Germany you have done a lot for that. You are examplary in the matter of waste separation.“
The Hollywood actor travelled around the world to promote the environmntal documentary feature film Trashed by Candida Brady which deals with the global garbage problem: „We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it“, says Brady. „With Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year.“
Since the world premiere at the International Cannes Film Festival in 2012 Trashed picked up various nominations and awards at international festivals.