On July 5th Film London hosted a Green Filmmaking and Cinema event at the London Transport Museum. Supported by the inaugural London Climate Action Week, the event consisted of a series of industry specific environment and sustainability presentations and panels from Film London partners, followed by a screening of the powerful Aquarela by Viktor Kossakovsky.
Adrian Wootton OBE, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission welcomed attendees and highlighted Film London’s on-going efforts to support environmentally friendly filming both in the capital and internationally.
For example, since the launch of Green Screen - Film London’s online tool in partnership with Greenshoot which helps productions set and achieve their own environmental targets - 24 London boroughs have benefitted from the programme with an average reduction in carbon emissions of 16.8%.
As the lead partner on an Interreg Europe funded partnership project also titled Green Screen, Film London are collaborating with partners across the EU to encourage the industry to adopt more sustainable practices and reduce CO 2CO2 emissions.
Presentations from Julie’s Bicycle, HOME, Depot, Good Energy and BAFTA touched upon a variety of green initiatives and actions ranging from no plastic on site and solar panelled roofs, to mandatory staff training and Carbon Literacy courses. A panel discussion between Greenshoot Co-Founder Melanie Dicks and FLAMIN artist-filmmaker Patrick Hough provided an insightful examination of production reflecting content- are films concerning the environment sustainable in practice themselves?
With numerous companies and attendees under one roof, the importance of a network to spread and sustain positive change was evident– “spheres of influence” as stated by HOME’s Sustainability and Projects Co-ordinator Alison Criddle.