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Recap of NFF Masterclass “Green Filmmaking: the Future of Producing”

On October 2nd the Green Film Making Project was present at the Netherlands Film Festival, to host a masterclass entitled Green Filmmaking: The Future of Producing. And after a truly successful evening, the following became crystal clear: the green filmmaking approach, is integral to the future and continuing evolution of the Dutch and international film industries alike. Weren’t able to make it? Fear not, you can watch our recap video here, check photos from the event on Facebook right here, or read our written recap of what went down at the event. [photo: Michael Vervuurt of Vuur Fotografi] Green Film Making Project @ NFF 2014 from greenfilmmaking on Vimeo. The event took place at Pandora Hall (Tivoli Vredenburg) to a very well-attended house, and was presented by Simone Weimans (NOS News). First, keynote speaker and on-set sustainability manager Emellie O’Brien (Earth Angel, US) gave a headlining address to all of the national and international attendees. This was followed by a very inspiring announcement by Doreen Boonekamp, ​​director of the Dutch Film Fund, who announced the fund’s practical  support of more sustainable production within the Dutch film industry, by way facilitating Holland’s first on-set Sustainability Manager. Thekla Reuten, Ambassador of the Green Film Making Project, then announced the top three winning teams of the 2014 Green Filmmaking Competition for European Students. A series of short interactive workshops, followed by a Q&A, also gave attendees a chance to exchange their thoughts and ideas directly with the green filmmaking experts as well as sustainability specialists. Keynote Address by Emellie O’Brien: ‘Grab the low-hanging fruit’ Keynote speaker of the masterclass was NYC based sustainability manager, Emellie...

The Green Film Making Project does Green Screen Day (again!) Nov.27th @ IDFA 2014

On Nov.27th the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, will once again host ‘Green Screen Day’ in conjunction with the Green Film Making Project. On ‘Green Screen Day‘, there will be special presentations for three documentaries from the festival’s 2014 ‘Green Screen’ program, as selected and hosted by our team. These screenings, at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam,will include introductions as well as talk-backs by philosophers, specialists and scientists, and will take place between 2:15pm and 9:45 pm. Our guest speakers will focus on the most engaging and evocative environmental themes associated with the films, and will offer their first-hand experience as well as in-depth knowledge to the discussions. Get your tickets here. Special Presentations on Green Screen Day The special program will be presented by Simone Weimans (NOS News), and the three selected documentaries from the  IDFA’s 2014 full ‘Green Screen Day’ program are: Good Things Await (Phie Ambo, Denmark) 14:15 Watch the trailer. “Niels Stokholm is one of the most idealistic farmers in Denmark. He runs the biodynamic farm with his wife, Rita, and from their farm, Thorshøjgaard, they distribute products to some of the best restaurants in the world.But not everyone is equally fond of Thorshøjgaard and their holistic methods. Authorities and bureaucracy threaten to close down the farm. Phie Ambo follows their struggle to make sure that they are not the last to do agriculture the way they do, but some of the first.” After the screening, Chef Jonathan Karpathios of the Dutch ‘Vork & Mes’ restaurant, will be present for an engaging talk-back. Virunga (Orlando von Einsiedel, England) 16:45 Watch the trailer. “In the forested depths of Eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most...

Dutch ‘Green Filmmaking Experts’ Jury Mexico’s ECOFILM Festival

Foreign film industries have taken a great interest in the practical approach that Dutch producers, and the Green Filmmaking Project have been taking on; in bringing sustainable innovation to the film practise. And Mexico’s professionals in particular, have been eyeing The Green Filmmaking Project as a lucrative example within the field. This is why Chai Locher (GFMP, Project Leader) and Wiendelt Hooijer (GFMP, Project Coordinator) were asked to host a workshop on the ‘Dutch approach’ to green filmmaking, during Mexico’s ECOFILM Festival in 2013. And this year they were asked to follow-up by participating as international jury members for the 2014 festival. As members of the jury panel -which includes other international filmmakers and experts in the field of environment- Chai and Wiendelt have evaluated the production value of the films entered, as well as the way in which the filmmakers have tackled this year’s theme of ‘Solid Waste’. The winner of the competition received a cash prize. About the ECOFILM Festival The 2014 edition of the ECOFILM Festival, took place from the 6-8th of October in Mexico City. Since 2010 the festival has been annually showcasing films about sustainability, where filmmakers are exploring issues related to people, the environment and society. Different genres are represented such as: the short fiction film, animation, and documentary. Watch the short films previously screened at the ECOFILM Festival right...

Film Day at the Strawberry Earth Fair, Oct.12, get your tickets!

Our creators at Strawberry Earth, who inspire people from all over the world to make sustainable choices both at home and at work, are hosting a fair! From October 11th – 12th 2014, the Strawberry Earth Fair will transform the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam into a forest paradise packed with the latest in sustainable fashion,design, food, and film. Sunday October 12th is film day at the fair, so let yourself sit back and enjoy some organic popcorn, as you become inspired by the very best films and documentaries about our planet. The 3 films to be screened are: Burts Buzz, Into Eternity, & GMO OMG! Get your tickets here, and find out more about the film programme  At the screenings, the listed relevant speakers will be present for Q&A’s and to share in a live exchange after the films. Burt’s Buzz (2013, USA) 4:00-5:30 Burt’s Buzz is a beautiful documentary about a 70-year-old man (aka the real Burt) who, with his organic bee-wax lip balm, becomes a multi millionaire against his deeper desires. Watch the trailer and you will understand why. This screening will be preceded by a Q & A with urban bee keeping guru Albert Muller. Into Eternity (2010, Denmark) 6:00-7:30 The International Documentary Film Amsterdam classic Into Eternity is up next. This film explores the building of a nuclear waste storage unit within Finland. This nuclear ‘trashbin’ is supposed to store harmful nuclear wastes for the coming 100,000 years – now, that’s a long time. Watch the trailer. This screening will begin with a thoughtful and provocative introduction by journalist Thomas Muntz (De Correspondent and De Groene Amsterdammer). GMO OMG! ( 2013, USA) 8:00-9:30 And for dessert, we will be...

Green Film Making Competition for European Students: Winners are In!

Drrrrrrum roll please: the winning teams of the 2014 Green Film Making Competition for European Students have been announced! Green Film making Project Ambassador and actress Thekla Reuten was present at The Netherlands Film Festival‘s masterclass ‘Green Filmmaking: The Future of Producing’ last week, to make the big announcement. The initial task of the competition was for students to come up with innovative and sustainable solutions for existing film production practices such as: lighting, art direction, transportation, energy consumption, craft services, etc. Without further ado, the winners are: 1st the Students of Filmbase in Ireland with their production ‘Poison Pen‘, 2nd  the Students of the University of Arts in The NL, and 3rd the Students of The Grand Independent in England. Congratulations to all! 1st – Ireland: The Masters Students of Filmbase, with Poision Pen, € 2.500 Prize What was it that made this Irish team come out on top, and earn the title of ‘Green Filmmakers of the Year’? Find out, in this video right here. And here is a video they made in response to being announced the Grand Prize winners. Here are a few thoughts from the Irish students, on the green filmmaking process: “We really enjoyed the challenge of working on a green film.” – Lorna Fitzsimons, Director “It was definitely a positive overall. I think everyone enjoyed it, I don’t think it was a hindrance to anyone on set . I was probably more beneficial than anything.” – Sharon Cronin, Producer “I think a lot of things from the first day took a little while to get rolling, but I think as the production wore on, people became...

Breakthrough: The Netherlands Film Fund Facilitating Sustainability Manager for the Dutch Film Industry

The Dutch film industry is proud to announce, that it has found it’s first on-set Sustainability Manager. As of January 1, 2015 Els Rientjes will be the first official Sustainability Manager for the Dutch film industry. The big announcement was made by Doreen Boonekamp, on behalf of the Dutch Film Fund, and during the Netherlands Film Festival 2014. A very big step forward for the greening of the Dutch Film Industry, the news was presented to the public during the Green Film Making Project’s masterclass ‘Green Filmmaking: The Future of Producing’ on October 2. [Photo: Els Rientjes and Doreen Boonekamp, by Michael Vervuurt] The facilitating of a Sustainability Manager by the Netherlands Film Funds, is an integral step towards a greener Dutch film industry. Starting in January, film productions that receive financial support from the Film Fund will also have access to the newly appointed Sustainability Manager. This person will support and encourage a structural framework, through which to produce more sustainably. Since 2011, the Fund has been working closely alongside the Green Film Making Project, an initiative of Strawberry Earth, to help facilitate a sustainable shift for Dutch Film professionals. One of the main goals for the role of the Sustainability Manager, is to share with filmmakers the relevant knowledge on sustainable innovations taking place within the (international) film industry. Additionally, Rientjes will connect productions to more sustainable facilities, companies and suppliers so that film industry is opting to support more sustainable business practises in general. In her daily work as Sustainability Manager, Rientjes will be in close contact with Jo Foot, who is the senior policy advisor...