UK Green Film Festival announces 2015 Programme

April 13, 2015

With an impressive line-up of environmentally themed titles, the annual UK Green Film Festival returns to cinemas across the UK from 3 – 10 May. Sponsored by Friends of the Earth, the festival programme includes seven feature length documentaries, including a European premiere and five UK premieres, from all over the world. Each documentary will also compete for the coveted Palme Verte Award, as well as the UKGFF Audience Award. The festival will host a number of special events including guest speakers, Q&A’s and talks with filmmakers, environmental campaigners and pioneering green thinkers.

The festival opens on 3 May with the European premiere of Bikes vs Cars directed by Fredrik Gertten, straight from its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas. The inspiring documentary investigates the daily global traffic dramas and meets with cycling activists fighting for safer and cleaner cities. The festival’s closing gala will be held on 10 May with an awards ceremony and special guests from film and the environmental movement.


Twitter: @UKGreenFilms

A carbon footprint for the UK Film Industry

March 3, 2015

At the recent Greening the Screen 2015 event held by BFI and BAFTA, the size of carbon footprints was of course up for discussion. The panellists, who represented both film and television production, discussed their experiences and shared useful tips such as using local crews, eliminating disposable water bottles and researching low-energy lighting solutions online.

The BFI’s Research and Statistics Unit provided an estimate of what the annual carbon footprint for UK film production might be, which they calculated at 149,760 CO2 tonnes. So if 1 tonne of CO2 would fill a cube the size of six double decker buses, or around the size of a semi-detached house on a typical suburban street, the footprint for UK film production would be around 900,000 double decker buses or a small town of semi-detached houses.

Another way to think about it is that the average UK citizen generates 7.5 tonnes of carbon per annum, while a film crew working on an 8-week shoot will on average generate 2.69 tonnes per crew member.

The good news is there’s clearly a great deal that we are doing to reduce our carbon footprint in film and TV production. The message is beginning to be embraced and as more and more productions think green we are moving ever closer to achieving an ecologically sustainable production sector.

Breakdown of carbon footprints for productions discussed at Greening the Screen 2015

Breakdown of carbon footprints for productions discussed at Greening the Screen 2015


The UK’s festival celebrating environmental films returns for 2015

February 26, 2015

The UK Green Film Festival is the UK’s annual environmental film festival. Taking place over a single week each year in venues across the UK, the festival screens some of the very best films exploring environmental issues from around the world. With 17 UK cinemas partnering with the festival in 2014, and the number growing each year, there’s a good chance there’s a venue showing their films somewhere near you.

The UK Green Film Festival has a nationwide network of film lovers and green thinkers. Join the movement and be a part of it or get in touch on twitter to tell them what cinemas and films you want to see at the next edition of festival.

For any general enquiries please email, and you can read more about supporting the UK Green Film Festival on their website


Sustainability case studies for cinema

February 12, 2015

Alongside the production case studies, BFI worked with Eco Age on two case studies looking at sustainability in the cinema exhibitor sectors. Two independent cinemas kindly agreed to participate,  Cornerhouse in Manchester which has three screens, and The Barn in Dartington, Devon which is a single screen cinema.

Both cinemas had already committed to sustainable practices, Cornerhouse as a founding member of Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) and The Barn as a social enterprise with sustainability at the heart of its vision. However the aim of the case study was to assess the feasibility of implementing a BS 8909 Sustainability Management System. Eco Age worked with both cinemas to review and map their existing sustainable practices against BS 8909 and work out their path towards being compliant. Whilst recognising the potential value of ‎BS 8909 as a management tool which could assist independent cinemas improve their sustainability, they both stressed that support, guidance and training would be essential to successful adoption of BS 8909.

The findings of the case studies are summarised in the reports below.


The Barn Cinema BS 8909 Case Study



German Sustainability Award for Colin and Livia Firth

February 10, 2015

Congratulations to Colin and Livia Firth who have received an honorary award from the 2014 German Sustainability Awards in recognition of their work to support sustainability. The award which recognises exceptional contribution to sustainable casues has gone to Lord Norman Foster, Annie Lenox and Jane Fonda in previous years.

You can listen to an intervew with Colin and Livia at the award ceremony hereEco-Age_Logo.




A recent study estimated that screen production (film and TV) in London alone produces 125,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.


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