The BFI has established environmental sustainability as a core principle across its 10-year plans as set out in Screen Culture 2033 and the BFI National Lottery Strategy 2023-2033 alongside equity, diversity and inclusion, and UK-wide.
Non-profit environmental organisations Julie’s Bicycle and BAFTA albert have been awarded National Lottery funding over three years (2023-2026) through the new BFI National Lottery Sustainable Screen Fund.
The fund supports awardees and wider industry to minimise the environmental impact of filmmaking and positively support the sector towards achieving net zero carbon emissions.
BFI National Lottery awardees will be advised of environmental sustainability conditions relating to their award at the time of contracting and further guidance will be provided directly by the BFI’s fund teams.
Support for production and development
BFI Filmmaking fund and BFI NETWORK awardees are able to access BAFTA albert’s industry support and resources free-of-charge and some awards include specific conditions relating to certification. BAFTA albert provide online and in-person training to support you in getting familiar with them.
Over the next three years, BAFTA albert will work with the BFI and industry partners to develop new and existing resources to better enable carbon accounting and certification for film of all budget sizes. Film-focused enhancements will cover practical tools as well as supporting culture change.
This will benefit film development and production activity funded by BFI National Lottery and the wider film sector; and over time will cross into screen production such as animation, virtual production, and games where practicable.
Support for the wider industry
BFI awardees funded to deliver activity relating to audiences, screen heritage, skills, education, innovation and industry services, and international projects can access support from Julie’s Bicycle, which already offers a range of free resources and tools.
Further screen industry-specific resources will be available to awardees and wider industry with the aim of building understanding and skills to take meaningful and positive environmental action.
This will include climate literacy webinars and resources; support in developing understanding of environmental impacts; webinars and resources on environmental issues, actions and practice across a range of topics and areas (e.g. digital, food and drink, marketing, buildings, offices and events); and peer exchange and learning opportunities on sustainable practice.