The basic priciples
Saving fuel and energy / avoiding toxins and environmental pollution / using water sparingly / avoiding waste
This shouldn't be new to anyone. Nevertheless, there is always a lack of implementation of these principles.
Especially in the fast-paced process of film production, where too much time is rarely planned for any production process
With our guide for every individual department, we, want to provide clear instructions that enable a quick check even in times of high stress and thus promote environmentally conscious production.
Many environmentally harmful behaviors occur less out of ignorance but rather out of a lack of time We would like to support productions in finding easly eco-friendly options and therefore provide our constantly updated green guide.
If you already work with environmentally conscious suppliers and service providers, please make them aware of our directory. Others can benefit from your knowledge and experience.
Let’s join for the sake of the environment!
Self-declaration of the producers: inside for sustainable production
For the Berlinale 2020, specific, trend-setting requirements for film and TV productions were announced that must be implemented after Covid-19. The producers' self-declaration for sustainable production will become part of the funding, as will the use of CO2 calculators. And in the future, Green Consultants will support the productions and work closely with the trades.
Additional costs for a green consultant - part of the manufacturing costs
The additional costs for a Green Consultant as part of the manufacturing costs for some time now by the regional promoters, including by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg recognized , in part, even financial support.
Keep in mind - Green Storytelling
Not only the way in which, but also what is produced, is decisive: green storytelling
Take clear steps right at the start of production
If the producer has made a clear decision to shoot as environmentally friendly as possible, he / she should communicate this clearly at the beginning of the production preparations and initiate clear steps.
The stories that are told shape society
Recording of the online network event "Keen to be green - direction and script" of the German Film Commissions
Recording of the online network event "Keen to be green - Director & Screenplay": from Thursday, March 11th, 2021 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm via zoom
The event was moderated by Green Filming & TV expert Philip Gassmann, who invited guests from the industry to discuss current developments and exchange experiences. Guests were: Lena Krumkamp, screenwriter Lars Jessen, director Laura Fischer, director Max Zähle, director Ulrich Herrmann, editor-in-chief Tatort SWR
Consultants for sustainable production are the link between producers/directors and trades.
Right from the start of production, they should clearly communicate the decision of the production to film sustainable. In regards of the trades, they should offer their support and know-how by planning and implementation of individual production processes.
This not only requires basic knowledge of the processes and requirements in the individual departments but also an extensive background knowledge of sustainable service providers, materials, and sustainable time efficient solution , and diplomatic skills in order to take all interests into account.
Training and further education opportunities
A IHK certified training for Green consultants is currently offered only in Bavaria and Baden Würtemberg. In other federal states, such as Berlin and Brandenburg, work is still being carried out on IHK certification.
Further training in green consulting
have been offered for a long time, be it through training courses "Keen to be green" and best practice guides from the film commissions of the federal states or in training institutions such as the Potsdam Film University, which positions itself on the principle of sustainability and the topic in their teaching implemented.
Keen to be green
The nationwide sustainability initiative “Keen to be green” of the German Film Commissions was launched in May 2020 to provide individual further training in the area of sustainable work processes. The online seminars and network events are aimed at the fields of production design, costume design, scriptwriting and direction, production, light and camera, agencies and drama.
Records of past events
Important controlling tools
Network / Federal Association
Networks / Groups:
Construction stage - tips
Construction stage - material
- Alternative to Styrofoam: Ecovative (mushroom material)
- more about mushroom material can be find here: https://www.derstoryteller.de/ikea-ersetzt-styropor-durch-pilz-verpackungen/
- Manufactum shop Berlin
- Sustainable Building
- Ecolocical alternative building materials
- Katz Display Board - digitally printable panels
- Myco Board - Materialsistrict Rotterdam (by the way: the material is compostable and does not burn, just glows slightly)
- Natural building materials Berlin
Equipment / props
A message for sustainability can also be implemented in the film due to the selection of props and thus anchored in social awareness!
In the office too, the team should first be made aware of the need to use the least possible resources for everything that is purchased and used.
By the way:
Taking steps to reduce consumption in the office not only saves natural resources but also can lower office costs.
Guide - miscellaneous
When purchasing or renting production and materials, always pay attention to the common environmental seals: e.g. EPEAT or the Blue Angel.
Energy-saving tips for the office are also available at the following link: http://www.nabu.de/downloads/energie_sparen.pdf
Digitization of the production office processes
Avoid digital coworking tools:
Meeting trips through video conferences or cloud research!
Online, but sustainable:
Office supplies / accessories
Energy-saving tips for the office
Tip: Heat meter (analysis of the room temperature in order to quickly discover possible weak points and isolate them if necessary
Training / background
Rentals: dollies, cranes
Rental / lighting technology (LED headlights, Skypanels, reflector systems)
Advanced training in LED lighting technology
Guide - miscellaneous
Material / background info
Shops / products
Natural cosmetics seals
The following are the most important natural cosmetics seals for Germany
Commercial Waste Ordinance - GewAbfV § 3
According to the Commercial Waste Ordinance - GewAbfV § 3, producers and owners of commercial municipal waste (this also applies to filming) must collect and transport the following waste fractions separately and, in accordance with Section 8 (1) of the Recycling Management Act, give priority to preparation for reuse or recycling:
In the event of technical impossibility or economic unreasonableness, an exemption can be applied from the responsible waste disposal company. This requires detailed documentation.
For more details see:
Responsible disposal companies:
Food / Groceries
Building material / furniture
Computers and accessories
Mobile sanitary facilities / toilets
Courier services / forwarding agents / transports
Ecological travel planning
Rental / cargo bikes
Mobility / alternatives to the traditional combustion engine:
For further tips, see directions:
Pyrotechnics / special effects
Actors / agencies
Actors have a voice!
The media attention is particularly focused on them. You therefore can get involved in the social discourse and take responsibility - also for environmental issues.
In this context, we would like to draw your attention to the Changemakers' "Voluntary commitment and declaration by actors to turn green". Please check out the their website www.changemakers.film, where the voluntary commitment can also be found.
Info / Tips
Rental / generators
Construction power (alternative to generator)
Is there a high-voltage connection near the location that can be used instead of a generator?
Companies that take care of so-called "building site electricity" offer the service of organizing power supply for temporary workplaces. They check whether it is possible to use a high voltage connection on site or whether a generator is necessary.
One of these companies that offer this service is:
You can also contact directly Berlins power grid operator and register your "filming event" via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention: please consider a longer lead time in your planning!
Providers / green electricity
With green electricity you can gainover 90% CO2 savings!