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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.  Both Dutch (for example Gijs Kerbosch, Paul Römer, Bernice Notenboom and Peter Smit) and international guests (like Andy Ridley and Aaron Matthews) took the stage. Andy Ridley, initiator of the successful Earth Hour went first. He currently works for the Amsterdam based non-profit Circle Economy. Ridley: “No other country is as far removed from the concept of circulair economy as The Netherlands. Television and film can play a crucial part in making the concept known. Share the stories, as much as you can. ” Someone who was very keen to share his story at the congres was film and TV producer Gijs Kerbosch of 100% HALAL. A 100% ecological success-story? Not so much, but especially for that reason an important story to be heard. When Kerbosch produced his first short for broadcaster NTR, it needed to be done as ecologically friendly as possible. And so it was. An extra employee was hired to ensure the sustainability on set. With Kerbosch’s next film it was the same story. After the second film 100% HALAL grew exponentially (from 4 to 22 employees). This growth had the effect of making the ‘green film...

Looking back at the workshop ‘Sustainability on location’ (22nd of May)

What do you get if you stick sustainable entrepreneurs with their products, location managers and film producers together in one room? Good ideas about how you can collaborate to make the filmmaking process on location more sustainable! Exactly what Els Rientjes had envisioned when she organised a workshop on Friday the 22nd of May with ‘sustainability on location’ as it’s central theme. This workshop was a continuation of the previous event ‘Sustainable production in practice’ that had taken place on the 19th of March. Visiting ‘Locatiewerk’ Place of action: the premises of ‘Locatiewerk’ owned by Tijn Heerkens, who was also present as a speaker on the 19th of March. For a while now Tijn has had several energy saving products on offer, such as the location van/trailer ‘Skyliner’ and the ‘WC-flex’. Both products are easy to relocate, energy efficient and have low water usage, which make them smart and efficient alternatives for the more traditional location facility vehicles and the classic Dixi porta-potty. The invited producers Ron Groenewoud (Ron Groenewoud Film), Daniel Aiss (ALP) and Niek Teunissen (Umami Media) inspected and assessed the product range of ‘Locatiewerk’ and besides this, Els had invited several other entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative equipment to the film industry. GreenBattery: a mobile battery trailer ‘I am definitely planning to start using what I have seen today’, said Ron Goenewoud at the end of the day. What did he see? The GreenBattery for example. This mobile battery is a smart replacement for the engine-generator and is already being used at music festivals. Daniel Aiss and Niek Teunissen are also enthusiastic and would like to take...