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Industry ‘Shades of Green’ Panel at the Berlinale: Recap & Coverage

Policies on sustainability, and more sustainable practices, have already made their way as ‘norm’ across many pertinent and high emitting industries – think cars, energy supply, waste management. The film/TV industries however, have yet to enforce limits on their carbon emission outputs, despite the fact that these highly visible industries posses great social influence, and often rely on funding via pubic resources. That’s why at the Berlinale International Film Festival this year, representatives of several European Film Funds and green filmmaking initiatives sat down to discuss the film industry’s continued move towards more sustainable production practice. Yup, and it all went down at a panel entitled ‘Shades of Green’. [image: Bildschön] The panel, which was open to all Berlinale festival attending film professionals, was hosted by Green Film Shooting in cooperation with Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) and asked the following questions: Do producers need direction from funding bodies to go green? Do the funding bodies need to apply sustainability stipulations to their resources? How can the existing international initiatives work together? What possibilities exist for a European guideline, and how can we ensure that co-productions are also going sustainable too?     It is clear that all over Europe, national green film/tv initiatives are moving forward. For example, the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein has launched a new sustainable support measure for 2015: a film that receives funding from the FFHSH, can also apply to get the costs covered for an on-set green supervisor. In Holland, Els Rentjes (Sustainability Manager to the Dutch Film/TV industry) of The Netherlands Film Fund, is planning a series of trade specific workshops for this year. The workshops will work to educate...

Chai Locher & Wiendelt Hooijer (The Netherlands)

Chai Locher and Wiendelt Hooijer have been on board with The Green Film Making Project from the very beginning in 2011. Since the start of the project Chai has been connected as Project Manager to manage the team while maintaining contact with project partners and industry professionals. Wiendelt has been serving as Project Leader, focusing on financial management, practical implementation, website maintenance, as well as providing technical support for events.  These two fine gentlemen are the subject of this latest installment of the ‘Who’s Who in Green Filmmaking Online Series’. Here, they reflect on their experiences with green filmmaking over the past three years, in order to explain where the future of the Dutch film industry lies. [photo: Anne-Claire Breij] How did they get started out in green filmmaking? Prior to the project, Chai and Wiendelt both had years of accumulated experience in the film and audiovisual production industries. They also both came from families that paid close attention to sustainability, while holding great value for the natural world. But what was it exactly that led them to draw connections between their sustainability influences, and film production? Wiendelt explains: “I started this project because I felt a need for some new and inspiring energy in my own life. And the people who were initially involved in creating the idea for this project had some great and fresh insights as to how film could be organized. To this, I was able to contribute my knowledge, and attention to the creative processes behind the industry”. Chai adds, “I realized pretty early on, that every industry would have to make the transition...

Recap: The Green Film Making Project hosts ‘Green Screen Day’ 2014 Success at the IDFA

On Thursday, Nov. 27th we hosted the 2nd annual ‘Green Screen Day’, for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, at the Brakke Grond in the city center. For the event, we presented special screenings for the top three documentaries – as selected by our team- from the festival’s ‘Green Screen’ program, & each provided an in-depth exploration on a different aspect of sustainability. The on-site experts & filmmakers who introduced the films, & who also held open Q&A sessions with audiences, contributed to make the screenings even more stimulating & inspiring. Because two of the three films screened sold out of tickets & also made it onto the IDFA’s Top 10 list of Audience Favourites, we can truly say that the day was a most engaging & green success! See photos of the day’s events right here .Continue to see the recap film of IDFA. [photos:Michael Vervuurt] Green Screen Day @ IDFA 2014 from greenfilmmaking on Vimeo. In addition to the central theme of ‘sustainability’, all three films told the stories of protagonists to whom ‘courage’ was a main feature of their character. In Good Things Await (Phie Ambo) protagonist Niels Stockholm exhibits his imovable courage in pursuing his own biodynamic approach to farming, in the face of encroaching opposition – a contention that could end up costing him his operational certifications. In Virunga (Orlando von Einsiedel), the rangers of Virunga National Park show an incredible example of bravery in remaining committed to the protection of the park’s natural habitat, as well as it’s endangered mountain gorillas; this is despite the looming civil war, and prospect of park occupation by violent rebel...

Siebe Dumon (Flanders/Belgium)

Film production within Flanders, in the northern part of Belgium, is taking on sustainability in a major way. And for this, we have Siebe Dumon to thank. Siebe got her start in the industry, as a producer in TV production. She is someone who knows what it means to deliver quality content with tight deadlines. And, she knows how to do all of this on a strict budget. In her current role at the regionally based Flanders Audio-Visual Fund (VAF), Siebe has been able to draw on this production experience, for her most recent and influential pursuit: to green the industry. The fruits of her labor? E-Mission; a regional film fund initiative that rewards greener thinking productions with… financing. If it sounds cutting edge, that’s because it is. Siebe is not only the current manager of ‘E-Mission’, but the brains behind the initiative as well. In transitioning from her role as TV producer to manager with the VAF, Siebe found herself compelled to ask the following question beginning as early as 2011: what can the film sector do to work in a more sustainable way? She confesses that her initial curiosity on the subject stemmed from private interests.  She also confesses however, that it was the pursuit of these interests within a formal and professional context, that she has been able to find more effective resolution. Taking the Green Plunge To dive into the world of greener filmmaking, Siebe needed to do some background research. She knew that there were other green trailblazers in the film industry -like Nic Balthazar- and she knew that achieving carbon neutrality within media...

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...

Doreen Boonekamp, Director of The Netherlands Film Fund

The Green Film Making Project, an initiative of Strawberry Earth, is made possible by way of partnerships with many pre-existing, established entities. One of the most reputable is The Netherlands Film Fund. In this latest edition of the Who’s Who in Green Filmmaking Online Series, Doreen Boonekamp, the director of the Netherlands Film Fund, talks the future of the Dutch film industry, green filmmaking, and the taking on of an industry Sustainability Manager: “the best developed sustainable practices, will also hopefully become the easy and obvious choices for productions too.” [photo: Yvonne Witte] Since 2011, Doreen Boonekamp and the Film Fund, have been working closely alongside the Green Film Making Project to help facilitate a sustainable shift for Dutch film professionals. And, starting in January 2015, film productions that receive financial support from the Film Fund will also have access to their newly appointed Sustainability Manager. The facilitating of a Sustainability Manager by the Netherlands Film Funds, is an integral step towards a greener Dutch film industry. The Film Industry is Keen, on Going Green According to Boonekamp, sustainability efforts are truly active among working film professionals. This became clear during the production of the national KORT! programme’s short films in both 2013 and 2014: “The producers of KORT! have been exposed to green filmmaking practice, and are now experimenting with sustainable production innovation. During our collaboration with these filmmakers, it has been repeatedly made clear, that a large part of the film industry is very passionate and enthusiastic about sustainable production. But at the same time, it becomes clear that the producers need to have practical support on-set, in order to follow...