A UK celebration of environmental films

April 24, 2014

The 2014 UK Green Film Festival brings an exceptional line-up of international award-winning films with an environmental theme to cinemas all over the country. Presented in collaboration with Picturehouse Cinemas and sponsored by Friends of the Earth, the festival will take place between 1 – 8 June, inspiring and entertaining audiences at 17 venues in 14 cities. The UK’s only nationwide environmental film festival showcases outstanding independent documentary films and explores a wide range of environmental causes, concerns and debates.

UKGFF logo JPEGSeven feature length documentaries (including several UK premieres) from all over the world will be presented at the festival, each preceded by an accompanying short film. The films will be competing for the coveted Palme Verte Award, as well as the UKGFF Audience Award. This year the festival will be hosting a number special events including live music, Q&As and talks with the filmmakers, environmental campaigners, and representatives from Friends of the Earth.

Programme highlights include Bay of All Saints, the SXSW Audience Award winner for Best Feature Length Documentary in 2012, which tells the story of a marginalised Brazilian community in Bahia struggling against a government that wants to reclaim their homes in the name of ecological restoration and  A River Changes Course, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Sundance 2013, chronicles the influence of rapid urbanisation on three families in Cambodia.

Twitter: @UKGreenFilms




Drèsd film set yard sale

April 2, 2014

Having recently located to Pinewood studios, where Star Wars is currently being filmed, recycling company Drèsd are now able to clear on-site productions even more efficiently and cost-effectively, and will no doubt have some items with intriguing histories passing through their hands.Dresd yard sale

They are currently working with The Guardian on their Live Better Challenge project which encourages sustainable living as one of the strands of positive action, and runs through to September this year. Drèsd have been involved with branding the event using up-cycled materials to create hand painted signage, and all materials used have been taken off various television production sets.

For anyone who is in the Benfleet, Essex area on Saturday 26 April, Drèsd will be holding a sale of items from cleared film and television productions.

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Green Film Shooting at the Berlin Film Festival

March 14, 2014

The Berlinale continued to shine a green light on sustainable production with the second edition of Green Film Shooting in partnership with the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH). An informative round-up of stories from across Europe highlighted increasing engagement with sustainable production and examples of how the challenges are being tackled.

Featured stories ranged from Warner Bros. continuing to demonstrate they were ‘Going green’ with advice and support from sustainability consultants GreenShoot Pacific for an ambitions sustainable production of The Great Gatsby, to the Dutch solar cinema initiative touring Europe in a van. ECOCINEMA has now developed links to extend its model beyond Europe with four solar-powered cinemas in South America including in Brazil and Mexico, and another to come in Tunisia. They now plan to tour globally to promote sustainability through screenings and workshops.

FFHSH has awarded its Green Shooting Card to seventeen TV and feature-length films for sustainable production methods, and has received positive feedback from the Industry. FFHSH Director Eva Hubert reported that a higher than expected number of producers were willing to produce sustainably. Director Michael Bully Herbig, recipient of a Card, discussed how sustainability targets were met on the production of Buddy, highlighting that careful pre-production planning and strong teamwork and ownership were key to success.

Meanwhile as the result of a cooperation agreement with FFHSH, students at the Hamburg Media School have received support in planning their productions to comply with Green Shooting Card Certification since 2013. Six productions have been awarded the Card and a ‘Green runner’ was hired to ensure compliance, with ‘Green Fundraising’ and in-kind support for productions being considered for the future.

Finally, alongside awareness raising and providing an incentive for green production, The Flanders Audiovisual Fund is embedding sustainability as part of its funding criteria by asking producers to deliver a carbon footprint report to qualify for the final instalment of production funding.  The award winning and Foreign Language Oscar nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown was one of six films analysed by the e-Mission Project, and also the film achieving lowest carbon emissions.

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Climate Week 3 – 9 March 2014

March 3, 2014

cw-logoThis week is Climate Week! Activities and events have been organised around the UK to inspire and inform everyone to help create a sustainable future.

As well as to a two-day Climate Challenge Conference in Birmingham and an event at Edinburgh’s Centre for Carbon Innovation about how different sectors can work together for a sustainable future, there are a huge range of community-based activities happening including energy-saving workshops. In Bristol there is even a Roll for the Soul bicycle ride followed by a bike-powered cinema screening.

To find out more including how to join in and activities taking place near you please visite the website at



European Commission announces plan for 40% cut in carbon emissions

January 30, 2014

A new EU framework to achieve a competitive, low-carbon economy for 2030 has been announced. The ambitious policy for climate and energy aims to drive a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against 1990 levels, whilst also establishing a renewable energy target of a minimum of 27%. European Commission  President José Manuel Barroso said “ Climate action is central for the future of our planet, while a truly European energy policy is key for our competitiveness”.

The aim is to achieve competitive, affordable and secure energy in Europe thereby reducing dependence on energy imports and creating new opportunities for growth and jobs.

Accompanying the Communication, a report on energy prices and costs in Europe proposes that cost effective policy, competitive markets and improved efficiencies could help mitigate increasing  energy costs. Recognising the need for affordable  energy, and drawing on a detailed analysis of energy prices and costs, the framework supports a coordinated approach by Member States and a favourable regulatory environment  for investors to support the development of related new technologies.

The framework will be discussed at the European Council’s spring meeting on 20 – 21 March ahead of the United Nations talks on global warming in 2015. Although reported as being opposed by the UK‘s energy and climate change secretary, representatives of Philips and Greenpeace, stated the agreement wasn’t far-reaching enough to support investment, innovation and the environment in Europe.

Further information on the 2030 Framework:


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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