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Report GFM Doc Talks at IDFA 2017

Last November 23rd another successful edition of the Green Film Making Doc Talks at IDFA took place in the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam. Like every year, Green Film Making was approached by the festival to organise in-depth discussions with a number of films that explore sustainability in all its aspects. It was a beautiful evening with marvellous guests and for both films, Eating Animals and Let There Be Light, a sold-out screening. Eating Animals, the first film that Green Film Making showed, was clearly very hard to stomach for the audience. The documentary, based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer, shows a truckload of convincing arguments to reduce meat consumption and to limit the bio-industry. An impressive line-up of experts highlights the complex problems, richly illustrated with historical fragments and, inevitably but necessarily, sometimes shocking images. This stirred up a lot. Some of the audience walked out, because the images were so violent. The people that staid could participate in the discussion after the film with director Eddy Terstall and film caterer Esther Akkerhuis (Spek and Bonen). Esther also really struggled with the images shown, but this only made her more determined. A vegetarian day on set, which she frequently uses, is now also being introduced on small catering jobs. Why not. If you cook well, nobody complains that there is no meat. And if you do buy meat, get the good stuff at the local artisanal butchers and eat less of it. In any case, Esther does not throw anything away and always processes leftovers in sauces, soups and wraps. Eddy, himself a vegetarian, once refused to...

Director Eddy Terstall joins IDFA Doc Talk

At Green Film Makings Doc Talk after the film Eating Animals this coming Thursday at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, we will be joined by Dutch Director Eddy Terstall. Eddy Terstall (1964) is known for his films Transit, Hufters & Hofdames, Vox Populi, and the critically acclaimed Simon (2004) that won four Golden Calves. His latest film, Alberta (2017), was largely shot in Canada. Eddy is fundamentally opposed to the suffering of animals and industrial farming and takes this into account in his work. He is also actively involved with Dutch political party Party for the Animals for whom he made two campaign films for the 2012 parliamentary elections. In 2014 he was on the Party for the Animals ballot for the European elections. Green Film Making hosts 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. About the film: Eating Animals Director: Christopher Quinn Duration: 95 min 18:30 Brakke Grond – Red Room Eating Animals is a complex but fascinating exploration of a habit that we just can’t get rid of. Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer with the same name, this documentary offers a truckload of convincing arguments to reduce meat consumption and to restrict factory farming. An impressive line-up of experts shed light on the complexities of this issue, richly illustrated with historical fragments and, inevitably but necessary, sometimes shocking footage. Besides Eddy Terstall our second guest is Esther Akkerhuis, film caterer and owner of Spek & Bonen Catering. Esther Akkerhuis (1976) has been working in the hospitality industry...

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: Eating Animals Director: Christopher Quinn Duration: 95 min 18:30 Brakke Grond – Red Room Eating Animals is a complex but fascinating exploration of a habit that we just can’t get rid of. Based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer with the same name, this documentary offers a truckload of convincing arguments to reduce meat consumption and to restrict factory farming. An impressive line-up of experts shed light on the complexities of this issue, richly illustrated with historical fragments and, inevitably but necessary, sometimes shocking footage. Our guest for the Q&A is Esther Akkerhuis, film caterer and owner of Spek & Bonen Catering. Esther Akkerhuis (1976) has been working in the hospitality industry since she was fifteen and has more than paid her dues. In 2008, her dream to start her own business became reality. The result is Spek & Bonen (Bacon & Beans). Besides good food, sustainability is key. Bacon & Beans use solar panels and LED lights, separate waste, use environmentally friendly cleaning products and try as much as possible to avoid disposables. They have successfully introduced Meatless Monday and Veggie Friday’s on Dutch film sets and have inspired other film caterers to do the same. Let There Be Light Director: Mila Aung-Thwin Duration: 80 minutes 21:15 Brakke...

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. And the atmosphere was, how else could it be in such a setting, great. Welcome drinks and matching snacks on the beach in front of the Carlton Hotel put excitement in the air. There was much speculation on who would go home with the silver, golden and even white dolphin this year. The Austrian host and festival director Alexander V. Kammel and his team, who organised the event for the eighth time, welcomed everyone personally. The next day there were three special lectures planned for the invited guests in the Carlton Hotel. The organizers had praised the GFM website with it’s many reports and ideas, and had therefor invited Els Rientjes to share her experiences for an hour. The audience was very excited and surprised that we already have so many materials and techniques that promote sustainability in filmmaking in the Netherlands. Especially the Australians and the Russians asked Els jealously on how to tackle this. The discussion focussed for a long time on waste sorting...

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. Your latest Cannes panel: Sustainability First was the fifth you organized so far (after 3 editions in Berlin and 1 in Cannes). It seems that sustainable production is still on the radar. It is crucial to bring green film production to the attention of the industry at a huge event such as the Cannes Film Festival. We were delighted that the German film In the Fade by Fatih Akin which has been awarded a Green Shooting Card by the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, was presented in competition. We had a good mix of speakers who shared their green expertise such as Christiane Dopp from Hamburg Film Commission, the Film London‘s Adrian Wootton and Pedro Barbadillo who is going to introduce a green program at the Mallorca Film Commission. Italy had a strong presence with Nevina Satta of the Sardegna Film Commission, and Luca Ferrario from the Trentino Film Fund. New York-based producer and PGA Green Founder Lydia Dean Pilcher spoke about her latest green production, the Disney film Queen of Katwe. She explained how EcoSupervisor Emillie O’Brien trained two crew members who became eco supervisors on set...

New Green Film Making campaign and workshop at AV Festival

On 23rd and 24th of May Green Film Making will be present at the AV Festival in de Kromhouthal in Amsterdam with two seminars and a booth. This is the perfect moment for us to launch our new campaign! The campaign is made by a team headed by director Gabriel Bauer and photographer Betul Ellialtioglu and consists of four pictures that represent the main action points of Green Film Making: catering, transport, art department and energy. In the run-up to the festival we will publish the images one by one through our newsletter and social media. At the festival you can see the complete campaign. Come see us at AV Festival 2017! Seminar ‘SOS toolkit (Sustainable On Shoot)’ Curious to know what you can do to run your production sustainably from the start? Which knowledge is already available and how you can apply it with little effort? Els Rientjes of Green Film Making will give advice and many pointers that you can use straight away in her seminar ‘SOS toolkit‘. She will present the latest applications in the field of logistics, water, catering, transport and energy as well as case-studies from the field. Several sustainable suppliers will be present to get introduced right away.  Where: de Kromhouthal, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, Amsterdam Seminar 1: 23 MAY from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Seminar 2: 24 MAY from 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM No need to register in advance for the seminars, but be on time because seats are limited! Outside of the seminars we will be present in our booth C-4 with tips, videos and ofcourse our new campaign! Green filmmakers can get a 50% discount on a festival ticket! Send us...