Green Filming

EUFCN engagement in sustainable filming

EUFCN is committed to foster and promote a more sustainable and efficient film industry in Europe.

Film commissions play an active role in raising awareness of the environmental impact of film production and in offering solutions towards a green-friendly approach.

This page aims to collect all green protocols and best practices developed and adopted by film commissions and institutions of our network, as well as links to the main European programs and platforms devoted to sustainability in the audiovisual industry.

Best Practices within Film Commissions

AUSTRIA

The Lower Austrian Film Commission – LAFC provides pioneering work by offering EVERGREEN PRISMA – Digital Platform, Green Education & Network, including practice-oriented tools such as Austria’s film-specific CO2 calculator. Professional filmmakers and the next generation are supported by profound trainings on the topic of Green Filming. After being nominated for the European Cultural Awards 2020, the LAFC and its transnational Evergreen Prisma was awarded as “Film Commission Initiative of the Year 2020” by an internationally renowned jury for the Makers& Shakers Awards.

With Green Filming Tirol the Cine Tirol Film Commission aims to provide film-makers with the best possible information to enable them to realise their film projects in Tirol under sustainable aspects. 

BELGIUM

screen.brussels Film Commission is involved in sustainable development and the circular economy with the project Eco-filming.

In 2013 Flanders became a pioneer in the area of sustainable filmmaking, thanks the efforts of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF). Screen Flanders joined the movement and encourages productions filming in the region to use all the available sustainability tools and recommendations.

VAF-location Flanders developed a handbook called e-Mission.

Wallimage developed an incentive for green filming, based on the experience of Trentino FC, granting extra points for productions with a green filming plan at their co-production sessions.

CZECH REPUBLIC

The Czech Film Commission promotes and supports the initiative of The Audiovisual Producers‘ Association greenfilming.cz which offers the Manual of Green Filming as a guide as well as practical tools and case studies. The initiative was inspired by the Slovak Film Commission’s activities in the field and the American initiative Green The Bid.

FINLAND

Film Lapland‘s Code of Conduct provides useful information about sustainable filming in Lapland’s wilderness.

FRANCE

The Ile-de-France Film Commission is part of a joint initiative public and private organisations called Eco Prod which created a carbon calculator (carbon’clap) and, since 2012, a guide to eco-production.

GERMANY

Berlin Brandenburg Film Commission offers information on green filming (in German).

The Film Commission Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein created the Green Shooting Card.

In cooperation with the MFG Film Funding, the Film Commission Region Stuttgart provides information regarding sustainable film production, emission reduction and action proposes.

IRELAND

Screen Ireland offers a guide to sustainable filmmaking and a Green Production Toolkit.

ITALY

In 2017, the Trentino Film Commission launched GREEN FILM, a project shared with many Film Commissions and Film Funds around Europe.

The Sardegna Film Commission launched sustainability initiatives in 2014 with the EU-funded Green Project Heroes 20.20.20 and created the Sardinia Green Shooting Protocol, a guide to eco-production and financial incentives to encourage green filming on the island.

One important step towards ensuring sustainable film productions in South Tyrol was realised with the introduction of the Green Shooting Certificate. Film productions can accumulate points in seven categories ranging from transport to waste disposal.

NORWAY

The Northern Norway Film Commission greatly emphasizes sustainability and aims for green and sustainable film & TV production in all steps and in all actions.

PORTUGAL

The Green Shooting Portugal guide, by the Portugal Film Commission, aims to raise awareness and inform the audio-visual sector on how to follow sustainable environmental practices, promoting its role as an agent of change leading to greener production models.

SLOVAKIA

The Slovak Film Commission, part of the Green Screen program, developed a green filming Memorandum and guidelines for sustainable filmmaking (in Slovak language) and created a database of suppliers with a sustainable approach in the Slovak market.

SPAIN

Barcelona Film Commission and Catalunya Film Commission are committed to sustainability in audiovisual productions and have been working for years to facilitate this objective in filming. For this reason, both institutions offer on this page the Guide to good practices in audiovisual production in the city of Barcelona and the Guide to implementing sustainability criteria in filming and film shoots, which is for all those productions that shoot throughout Catalonia.

Canary Islands Film, through Tenerife Film Commission, offers an useful ten-point good practice guide to achieve sustainable film productions and a checklist to acknowledge the effort and award sustainable production or sustainable service label.

Good Practices Guide for sustainable filmmaking in Cantabria, developed by the Cantabria Film Commission (in Spanish).

The Malaga Film Office, in collaboration with Promalaga and the Municipal Department of Environmental Development, released a Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Productions Guide geared at preventing and minimising the environmental impact that can stem from Film & TV production carried out in Malaga.

SWITZERLAND

Sustainable Arts is a new initiative/website from Switzerland launched in February 2022 regarding sustainability in the cultural sector, including the film industry sector. The initiative emerged from a national working group set up by the Zurich Film Foundation in summer 2020.

UK

Film London launched in 2008 Green Screen, an initiative that encourages environmentally friendly productions in London.

EUROPEAN PROGRAMS AND PLATFORMS

Green Screen’s mission is to inspire and educate the nomadic world of filming by creating sustainable working practices. By reducing the environmental impact of filming essentials such as transport, construction, lighting and catering Green Screen aspires to lead European film & TV production into a greener way of life.

Eureca is a Pilot Action receiving support from Interreg Europe as part of Green Screen. Eureca aims to develop a Carbon Calculator that can be applied widely across audiovisual industry in Europe.

In 2012, a number of Cine Regio members decided to form the Green Regio subgroup, whose aim is to raise awareness and share knowledge on sustainable film production tools, measures and policies. Read the Cine Regio Green Report 2020.

Green Film Shooting provides a platform for sustainability in the media industry, by presenting approaches to sustainable operating methods – in Europe as well as all over the world. Read the Green Film Shooting Magazine 2020 issue.

The EFAD Sustainability Working Group was initiated in February 2020 with the objective to exchange best practices and information on sustainable initiatives launched by national film funds and other partners from the public and private sectors.