Collaboration and partnerships were the key words at the 57th BFI London Film Festival last week as Livia Firth, Founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age opened Focus of Sustainability, part of the Festival’s Industry Programme. Amanda Nevill, CEO of the BFI, followed outlining how the BFI, working with BAFTA are trying to stimulate the environmental sustainability of the UK film industry.
The event included a panel discussion and Q&A with representatives from across the film industry, including Derek Watts (Three Mills Studios), Melanie Dicks (Greenshoot) Aaron Mathews (Albert Carbon Calculator), and David Neilson (Filming Scotland). Chaired by John Newbigin from Creative England, the panellists discussed best practice, the challenges ahead and outlining what tools and resources can help.
Livia offered an interesting thought that rang very true: within sustainability, many people and organisations are doing something, often a lot of good things, but we now need to join up all these dots to complete the picture and communicate this story so others will follow.