Greening Media Industries # Green Film Production in Germany (7 October)

7 October 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 workshop, students from the Digital Media Cultures and Film and Television Production BA programs at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF will present their research on green filmmaking in Germany. They will introduce green film funding policies, discuss what qualifies as green filmmaking and scrutinize if/how sustainable measures are put into practice. What are film crews willing to do to reduce their environmental footprint? Do they accept to eat vegan food and to travel by public transportation? And to what extend do regional German Film Funds launch or support initiatives to produce films in a more ecological-friendly way?

Presentations:

  • Judith Barth, Caroline Grau, Gerrit Gronau & Benedikt Saggel (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
  • Chiara Noack (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)

Discussants:

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 (j.keilbach@uu.nl) before 6 October 2020.