EFA launches European Sustainability Award

At the 35th European Film Awards, which were celebrated on 10 December in Reykjavík, Iceland, the European Film Academy and Connect4Climate have given out a Sustainability Award for the first time. The objective of the European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate is to celebrate more than just films that are produced according to the most state-of the art sustainable standards, but to encourage the film industry to drive its influential impact towards a sustainable approach to economy, society and environment, promoting real impact in individuals’ lives.


The newly introduced European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate 2022 was given to the ambitious European Green Deal program, that was launched by the European Commission under the Presidency of Ursula von der Leyen. Connect4Climate, a program for creative communications and climate action of the World Bank Group, works with filmmakers, producers and organizations to champion climate and environmental action in the film industry through both content and production. In 2015, Connect4Climate teamed up with Green Film Shooting to produce the Eco Cop magazine for the COP21 in Paris.


The European Film Academy is also raising awareness among Academy members and guests that travelled to Iceland. The Academy offered the guests to offset their carbon emissions caused by the flights to Iceland by supporting the planting of trees in the European Film Forest located in Iceland. This initiative is coordinated by the Icelandic Forestry Association.


Climate change was also an issue for the young jury members of the Young Audience Award, which was given to the film Animal by Cyril Dion. The film addresses the worries of young people about the 6th mass extinction of animal life that is currently taking place in nature, due to the behaviour of humankind.


The European University Film Award (EUFA) went to the documentary EO by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, which tells a story from the perspective of a donkey who is experience an adventurous journey after he is taken out of a circus. For most of the scene, the award-winning cinematographer Michael Dymek used available light. EO already won the Prize of the Jury at the 2022 Cannes film festival and is the Polish entry as best international film for the Awards of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.



Photo: © Sigurjon Ragnar/European Film Academy

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