European Film Forum 2020: Towards Greener Pastures — A sustainable audiovisual future for Europe

European Film Forum 2020: Towards Greener Pastures — A sustainable audiovisual future for Europe

European Film Forum 2020: Towards Greener Pastures — A sustainable audiovisual future for Europe

We were delighted to moderate the European Film Forum at the Berlinale this year, which brought a number of inspiring figures to the stage to share their vision of a sustainable European audiovisual industry.

MEP Laurence Farreng opened the event with a powerful keynote in French, followed by a discussion with EFM Director Matthijs Wouter Knol and Christine Troestrum of the Berlinale Talents Program, who gave an inside look at their sustainability initiatives and the grassroots efforts that led to their creation. Then, Luc Jacquet, the zoologist and creator of the iconic documentary film March of the Penguins, shared his unique creative process to bridge science and the public with deeply emotional storytelling.

This was followed by extended and lively panel discussion with six sustainability pioneers in film and television, who inquired, discussed and debated each other on the most crucial and challenging aspects of sustainable transformation for the industry—Philip Gassmann, Green film production expert; Arild Kalkvik, CEO KinoNor, Chairman, Film & Kino, the Norwegian cinema owners’ association; Álvaro Longoria, Producer and Director, Morena Films; Lucia Milazzotto, Director, MIA (International Audiovisual Market); Jane Millichip, Chief Commercial Officer, Sky Studios; and Tim Wagendorp, Sustainability Director of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund.

Lucia Recalde, Head of Unit, Audiovisual Industry and Media Support Programmes, European Commission, closed the program with a clear and motivation reflection on the discussion, and how it connected to the next steps for the industry in Europe.