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Green Network


Since 2011 Green Film Making has met a lot of inspiring people from around the globe who also work in the field of sustainable film making and share our passion to go green. In this Network section we would like you to meet those people as well. Please join the green voyage of discovery by reading their profiles and if you have a great example that needs a stage: be our guest, and get in touch!


Green Film Making @ IDFA 2017

On November 23 Green Film Making will host two Doc Talks during IDFA. Extended Q&A’s with special guests moderated by sustainability manager Els Rientjes following films with a sustainable theme that stimulate the mind and deepen our knowledge about social issues. As always there will be plenty of room for questions from the audience. Without further ado, this years’ line-up:

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GFM at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards

During the last days of the Netherlands Film Festival Els Rientjes of Green Film Making travelled south. Unfortunately there was no special attention for sustainability at the NFF this year. The attempt to again attract attention for sustainable production with a special activity failed just before the start of the festival.

That’s why Green Film Making gladly accepted the invitation to give a lecture at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. From all over the world, show runners, advertising agencies and commissioners of educational and corporate films came to Cannes to receive their awards. More than 1000 entries had been received by the jury.

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Focus on Green Film Shooting : Birgit Heidsiek

At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, German initiative Green Film Shooting organized the second edition of a sustainability panel at the Italian Pavilion in the luxurious Hotel Majestic. Co-hosted by the Cine-Regio Green Subgroup, it brought together a group of sustainability front runners from all over the world. A good opportunity for Green Film Making to catch up with Green Film Shooting’s Birgit Heidsiek, and ask her about the results in Cannes and the current situation of sustainable production on her own turf: Germany.

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Focus on albert (UK) – Jeremy Mathieu

Photo by Annie East

Jeremy Mathieu, International Manager of albert, the UK’s think-tank on sustainability in film and television, was recently in the Netherlands for a second training at NTR. The Dutch broadcaster has acquired the license for this British initiative to implement as the sustainability standard for their productions. It could be argued that albert, governed by the BAFTA albert Consortium, is the most established and developed program for sustainability in the audiovisual industry in Europe. Jeremy, originally from France but in the UK for over 15 years, divides his time between albert and his other job as sustainability advisor for the BBC. We catch up with him to get more insight in the possibilities of widespread implementation of the program and the context of the UK industry compared to the Dutch. He is clearly very driven and becomes increasingly enthusiastic when speaking about the vision and possibilities of albert. And it’s easy to see why.

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Focus on VAFs ‘e-Mission’ – Tim Wagendorp

After our report on our French colleagues at Ecoprod last month, we got curious to look across the border more often to see what our different neighbors are up to. This month: the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and their e-Mission program. We reported on their groundbreaking initiative in the past when it was still in its infancy. These days they are many steps ahead and still with the frontrunners in Europe in terms of sustainability.

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New green missions in France: Waste, Post-production and eco-bonus in funding

After our first profile in 2013 on French partner in green production Ecoprod, we are catching up with them at the beginning of the year to see what they have on the agenda. Green Film Making spoke with Joanna Gallardo, the new director of the Ile De France Film commission as well as the international delegate for Ecoprod. Already 8 years in existence, the consortium is comprised of several stakeholders who all contribute to the Ecoprod initiative equally through sharing tasks as well as financially. read more…

Make-up, special make-up and SFX

For our research section this month we dive into the world of Make-up and Special Make-Up, departments that are vital for how actors eventually appear on screen. We visit Carolina Leenders of ‘Head Affairs’ who has done make-up and wigs for numerous well-known characters in film and television. Further we invite ourselves to Rob’s Propshop of Rob Hillenbrink, where you are at the right address for the real specialists work.

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Focus on Green 2016

On October 4th 2016 the ‘Focus on Green 2016’ congres took place, initiated from the Mediapark in Hilversum where most Dutch broadcasters are based. One of the central questions was, how we can make sure that the media goes along with the need to become more ecologically sustainable. The host of the day, Jan Douwe Kroeske, took the lead: ‘ Amongst other things by sharing stories and inspiring each other. And also by letting yourself be inspired. These are fundamentals of our profession. 

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Film Industry Awards Season: Cutting Carbon Doesn’t Mean Cutting Quality

Best Picture: The Theory Of Everything took home the top film gong at the EE BAFTAs 2015 on Sunday night
Both the film festival and awards seasons are upon us, and this year a top film production is proving that the sustainable approach does not compromise the quality of a film’s end product. The sustainably produced The Theory of Everything is a gallantly-green, top award contender for 2015. It has already won 2 Golden Globes and 3 BAFTA‘s, as it heads into Feb. 22nd’s Academy Awards Ceremony with a total of 5 nominations. The film’s nominations include recognition in the most prestigious award categories (best motion picture, best actor, best actress, etc.) for the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and the Oscars alike; proving that cutting down on carbon, does not cut down on quality. Thanks to the help of sustainability consultants at Greenshoot, The Theory of Everything stands as a brilliant example of the high quality successes to be found in green filmmaking. read more…