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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. They are an impressive list of high profile organizations: France Télévisions (the leading French public broadcasting group), the number 1 commercial channel TF1, CNC (National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image), ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management agency), Audiens (social protection group for the cultural sector), Île de France Film Commission, and Le Pôle Media Grand Paris (hub for the audiovisual and film industry in the Paris region). Like Thekla Reuten in The Netherlands, Ecoprod has just attracted famous actress Audrey Dana to be the ambassador of green filmmaking for France. Charter At the Ile de France Film Commission headquarters, which doubles as the Ecoprod HQ, around the corner from the Paris Opera, Joanna explains that the complete team consists of 10 people who are all dedicating part of their time whilst employed by one of the consortium members. All members are engaged to attract new partners to Ecoprod through their respective vast networks. Prospective partners are asked to sign the Ecoprod charter and thus commit to the sustainable goals set within it. Becoming a member means getting access to the different trainings...

Online ‘How to Green you Film Production (so far)’ Guide – Now in updated reprint!

Back in the summer of 2013, the Green Film Making Project developed and published the first sustainable production guide for the Dutch film industry: How to Green Your Film Production (so far). Created in collaboration with professional working filmmakers, and participants of the Green Film Making Project, the guide was developed to assist filmmakers and other audiovisual professionals who wanted to be more sustainable with the production of their films, commercials, and music videos. At this point (and almost one year after the original publication!) the guide has been published in a new, improved, updated and reprinted version. Download the 2014 reprint of the How to Green Your Film Production (so far) guide here. The overarching theme and message of the new guide remains the same as the older one, and is still completely relevant: the shift to green filmmaking within the Dutch film industry is a process that is not only defined by incorporating environmental awareness, but also through the harnessing of innovation, and more efficient work methods. The ‘so far’ part of the guide’s title, is still in full force as well, as sustainable development within the Dutch film industry is an ongoing process; fueled by evolving best practices, increasing professional experiences, and ongoing critical moments. GFMP project leader Chai Locher asserts that while the older version of the guide is still relevant, it does not include inputs on the more recent progress made regarding sustainable film production. To add to that, the number of experienced production professionals working in greener ways has also dramatically increased. Producer Gijs Kerbosch, and Eco Manager Lynn Koppen of 100% Halal Productions are just one...

The Knowledge’s latest E-Guide Showcases Green Production Practice

UK based, ‘The Knowledge Online’ has recently published a beautiful and informative 16 page e-guide focused on the theme of ‘Sustainability in Film & TV Production’. The guide includes detailed sections on green production tips, in-depth interviews with green filmmaking professionals, working green solutions to on-set challenges, and also provides insight into the greening of film industries beyond Europe (GFMP is mentioned on pg 15!). Some of the forward-thinking & green film professionals featured in this issue are: Aaron Mathews (BAFTA‘s Industry Sustainability Manager), Emellie O’Brien (Hollywood’s on-set sustainability manager, of Earth Angel), Lynn McFarlane (Director of set recycling company Dresd), Marc Todd (of hazardous waste disposable company Hazgreen), and Jim Mann (of lighting company Lightwell). The guide also features the recent production successes in using BAFTA’s Albert carbon calculator, and showcases the first films awarded with the Albert+ certification. You can see the e-guide here. About ‘The Knowledge’ The first edition of ‘The Knowledge’ was published in 1986 by three experienced production managers who pooled their film industry expertise & contacts, in order to create a useful information database for film production professionals. ‘The Knowledge’ is now the UK’s premiere film/tv/commercial production directory. Since it’s inception, ‘The Knowledge’ has expanded to include an online platform, alongside the creation of publications which seek to promote relevant information exchange across the film...

Calling all Sustainability Superstars: Netherlands Film Fund looking to hire on-set Sustainability Manager

Attention, attention! An important step has been taken in the transition to a fair and green film industry: The Netherlands Film Fund is looking for a Sustainability Manager. A development that our Green Film Making Project team is super proud of. While collaborating with the Netherlands Film Fund, one of the partners of our Green Film Making Project, it became clear there is a need for practical support in the field of green filmmaking. This is one of the reasons why the Fund decided to make a two-year pilot for an on-set Sustainability Manager possible. Are you ready to take the Dutch film industry into the future? Read more about the call (in Dutch) here and apply as fast as you can. Good luck! About the Green Film Making Project In 2012 Strawberry Earth initiated the Green Film Making Project. This project challenges Dutch film professionals to make production processes more sustainable on all levels. We collaborate with production companies, sustainable entrepreneurs, leading institutes in the film sector, key broadcasters and the two chief academies in the Dutch audio-visual industry. We wrote down our learnings in the first Dutch Sustainable Film Production Guide, entitled ‘How to Green your Film Production (so far)’ that you can read over here. If you enjoyed this article, you will also like the following from our blog: Fact:Sustainable Filmmaking can save you thousands of Budget Dollars $$$ and Who’s Who in Green Filmmaking: Emellie O’Brien...

Progress meeting: KORT! filmmakers talk innovation and successful sustainability on their Dutch sets

On June 25th, at the newly opened Cafe de Ceuvel (where pillars of sustainability and innovative reuse are incorporated into all areas of  business practice) the Green Film Making Project met with filmmakers from the Netherland’s Film Festival’s KORT! , and One Night Stand film programs, to discuss their progress on integrating sustainable approaches to their film sets. During the meeting, participants exchanged their experiences on introducing sustainability plans to their productions and sets: both the success stories, and the challenges. Marina Blok (Head of Drama, NTR ) and Renee van der Grinten ( Film Consultant for Documentary & Experimental Films, Dutch Film Fund) were also present to share with the participants their industry-based perspectives. And how exactly did it all go down? View photos from the event here on Facebook or, get the details here. Green filmmaking as presented to the participants, gave them a reason to think about the ways in which their cinematic ideas, and sustainable production of these ideas, could go – hand in hand. With this as a point of departure, each production company attempted to take on a more sustainable approach through every facet of their film’s production; and each did so in their own way. The verdict? Each production succeeded in getting their crews successfully involved in their respective sustainability plans. So much so, that crew members became active participants in contributing to the development of sustainability plans, while engaging in their set’s commitment to sustainable production. Regular contact and communication between crew members on these issues, contributed to this effective engagement. Quality and Sustainability : they’re better together VENFILM noticed that their crew members’ production choices were initially shaped by the cheapest...

Green Filmmaking Competition for European Students, RESULTS ARE IN!

The judges have evaluated the final work of the 11 participating teams in the Green Film Making Competition for European Students (65 students from the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands!), and they have come to a unanimous decision on the top 3 teams. The exact order of the 3rd (€ 1,000), 2nd (€ 1,500) and 1st (€ 2,500) prize title of “Green Filmmakers of the Year” however, will be announced at The Netherlands Film Festival on October 2, 2014. So, you will have to wait a little bit longer for that announcement! Curious about the competition’s outcomes, evaluation process, and – most importantly- which 3 student teams came out on top of the inaugural Green Filmmaking Student Competition?! Outcomes, and the exact order of the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners will be announced at the Netherlands Film Festival (October 2nd) where we’ll host an event about the latest in green filmmaking. The initial task of this competition was to come up with innovative, sustainable solutions for existing film production activities such as: art direction, technology, transportation, production office, lighting, etc. Student teams submitted along with their final films, written documentation on their sustainable approach and findings, as they were challenged to find new solutions to make film production processes more sustainable. A few of the teams also submitted videos that documented their process and on-set experiences – some budding documentary filmmakers in the mix! Overall, the jury was very pleased with the level of motivation and ambition of all the participants, and congratulates each student team, as they all tackled the subject matter & research in their own...