This symposium aims to explore what measures the filmmaking and audiovisual industry might take to reduce its ecological footprint. We shall consider the impact of different production processes and screening options, including cinemas and festivals, as well as the role played by institutions. We shall also analyse the criteria for creating sustainable filmmaking and examine what steps we should be taking if we want to be coherent with the values we want our films to convey.
Aimed at audiovisual professionals in particular and cultural stakeholders in general (including producers, performers, filmmakers, programmers, critics, buyers, exhibitors, teachers, curators, researchers, cultural managers, journalists, PhD students, among others).
A video of the session is available on will be livestreamed in English on l’Alternativa’s YouTube channel.
9.45 am Welcome by ICEC and l’Alternativa Professionals
10.00 am The Ecological Impact of the Digital Environment
Joana Moll is an artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way post-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetisation of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include internet materiality, surveillance, social profiling and interfaces. She has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centres, universities, festivals and publications around the world.
10.25 h Economising Resources: From Preproduction to Exhibition
Birgit Heidsiek is editor-in-chief at Green Film Shooting magazine and its sister website (launched in 2012), which are devoted to sustainability in film and media. She has worked in the film industry as a researcher and journalist for more than thirty years. Birgit is also the author of Das grüne Kinohandbuch (Green Cinema Handbook), published by the FFA (German Federal Film Fund). As an FFA consultant, she runs the www.grüneskino.de website and advises exhibitors on the sustainable operation of cinemas.
During her talk, Birgit will hold a video conference with:
11.50 am Coffee break
12.10 pm Analysis of Criteria for Sustainable Filmmaking
Jaime Alejandre is deputy director general for Promotion and International Relations at the Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales (ICAA). He was previously secretary general at the National Authority for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons at the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology, director general for Quality and Environmental Assessment at the Spanish Ministry of the Environment and vice-president of the European Environment Agency.
12.30 pm Reflection, Debate and Examples of Good Practice
Moderated by: Birgit Heidsiek
Offering a film commission perspective
Offering an institutional perspective
Offering a festival perspective
Offering a distribution perspective
Suzanne Harle is founder of Green Planet Films, which distributes films on nature and the environment and champions the role of filmmaking in environmental education and raising awareness of green issues.
Offering a production perspective
Offering a creative perspective
Juan Palacios graduated in environmental sciences and audiovisual communication. He is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Artistic Research in and through Cinema at the Netherlands Film Academy. His second feature, Meseta, is being screened at l’Alternativa this year.