Greening Media Industries # Green Film Production in Flanders (2 December 2020)

2 December 2020, 9.30 – 11.00 a.m. CET, zoom

The environmental footprint of the film and television industry is massive. The production of media content consumes a vast amount of energy, creates an enormous volume of waste and emits a large quantity of CO2. In the context of society’s increasing ecological awareness, various players within the media industries have recently started to address their environmental impact. Film festivals are reflecting on their carbon emission, and industry meetings and panel discussions are scheduled to exchange ideas about green film production and distribution. Funding agencies are implementing measures to stimulate resource efficient productions, and offer guidelines and tool kits to help the industry work more ecology-friendly. Production houses are developing strategies and best practices to meet the environmental requirements that guarantee a green seal.

In this online presentation, Tim Wagendorp will introduce the policies that the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) implemented to reduce the carbon footprint of the creative industries in Flanders. He will discuss different methods and tools that the VAF uses and describe how sustainability is put into practice. Where in the production process does sustainability start? Which measurements are ecologically worthwhile? And how can sustainability be measured?

Presentations: Tim Wagendorp, Sustainability Manager of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.


  • Bridget Conor (King’s College London)
  • Fieke Spoler (Utrecht University)
  • Luca Barra (Università di Bologna)
  • Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna (Uniwersytet Łódzki)
  • Skadi Loist (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)

Chair: Judith Keilbach (Utrecht University)

Greening Media Industries is an initiative of the media research group Media Industries, Infrastructures and Institutions and the NECS workgroup Sustainable Media.

All students from BA- and (R)MA-programmes, scholars in media, communication, arts, and sustainability, and media professionals are cordially invited to attend.

If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to Judith Keilbach (  before 1 December 2020.