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Creative BC Presents Motion Picture Industrys 4th Annual Sustainable Production Forum

Oct 29, 2019 | Press Releases

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The motion picture industry’s 4th Annual Sustainable Production Forum (SPF) on November 1st and 2nd at Emily Carr University is proudly presented by Creative BC and delivered in collaboration with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association (MPPIA) and Green Spark Group. The event signifies increasing momentum, ongoing commitment and another demonstration of B.C.’s industry-leading Reel Green initiative that drives active change both on set and in life.

The BE #REELGREEN awareness campaign running now is set to culminate with this year’s SPF where the theme is Collective Action.  The event will showcase an expert lineup of industry speakers, skill-building workshops and awards, closing off with an industry event and screening of HBO’s hit documentary, Ice on Fire. Produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid, and directed by Leila Conners, Ice on Fire is an eye-opening documentary that focuses on many never-before-seen solutions designed to slow down our escalating environmental crisis.

The SPF will host international representatives and contributions from Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, CBS, HBO, Warner Bros. and BAFTA, providing necessary exchange and opportunity for industry members from B.C. and abroad to advance green practices collaboratively. Together with British Columbia’s own sustainability experts in film and television, leading thinkers and environmental professionals will guide and challenge industry toward sustained action on urgent topics in greener physical production.

Participants at SPF will hear opening remarks by Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC, and a welcome address from Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart. These will be followed by two days’ worth of plenary discussions, workshops and more that tackle issues relevant to the climate emergency including communicating for the planet, diversity, and producing with purpose.  Visionaries from UBC Climate Hub, and Fairware, Women in Film and TV among others will offer Idea Blasts based on their leading research and programs.

Importantly, and new to the SPF lineup, this year the event adds skill-building workshops, including a demonstration of the Reel Green Carbon Calculator powered by albert. This newly adapted version of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) calculator will be shared with industry professionals and is delivered as part of Reel Green’s ongoing free suite of resources for education, awareness and action.

Sustainable Production Forum Details:


Minister Lisa Beare, Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture: “I’m really proud of the leadership shown by B.C.’s film industry in recognizing the role it can play in creating a greener future. Our government is rising to the challenge of climate change and supporting the Sustainable Production Forum through Creative BC to help productions reduce their impacts and build a cleaner future.”

Mayor Kennedy Stewart, City of Vancouver: “The City of Vancouver is proud to host the fourth annual Sustainable Production Forum where industry leaders and environmental professionals will convene to drive greener practices in the motion picture industry. Film and T.V. production forms a visible and important part of Vancouver’s economy, and the B.C. industry’s commitment to address the climate crisis with all of us will advance Vancouver’s vision to become the greenest city in the world.”

Prem Gill, Chief Executive Officer, Creative BC: “As the presenting partner for the Sustainable Production Forum, Creative BC is committed to collective action with industry partners. This focus on environmental sustainability reflects our concern and responsibility—we know that it’s not just what we do in B.C.’s film industry but how we do it that will serve future generations.”

Zena Harris, President, Green Spark Group, Creative Director of the Sustainable Production Forum, and Project Manager of Reel Green: “It is important to create a platform for knowledge exchange to enable the motion picture industry to think creatively about how to evolve in a sustainable way.  Plenary discussions, skill-based workshops, and the space to network foster the shift toward a more sustainable future.”

Leslie Wootton, Director of Communications & Strategy, Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC:  “The Motion Picture Production Industry Association is proud to partner with Creative BC and Green Spark Group as we continue to champion Reel Green and the Sustainable Production Forum. Over the course of two days, attendees will connect, collaborate sharpen their skills, and expand their capacity to drive positive action to address the climate emergency.”


About the Sustainable Production Forum
The Sustainable Production Forum (SPF) is two days of connecting with industry professionals, learning about sustainable production practices, collaborating on solutions and finding new pathways to make a difference on set and in the motion picture industry. It’s a one of a kind event in British Columbia that explores sustainable production solutions at all levels, and features stakeholders from around the world.

About Reel Green
Reel Green is an industry initiative housed at Creative BC and made up of 17 industry partners and   works hand in hand with Creative BC to realize the goals and objectives of the Reel Green Strategic Plan. The partners meet regularly to monitor the progress of the Reel Green program, offer valuable insights and resources, and participate in program objectives. Sustainable production efforts in British Columbia were formalized in 2006 and today has a mission to enable the evolution and implementation of sustainable practices in the motion picture industry to contribute to the betterment of the world. Reel Green prioritizes education, engagement, communications, and resources and strives to set an example for other jurisdictions globally.

About Creative BC
Creative BC is an independent society created and supported by the Province of BC to sustain and help grow BC’s creative sector (film and television, digital and interactive media, music, and magazine and book publishing industries). The society delivers a wide range of programs and services to expand BC’s creative economy. These include the administration of the provincial government’s tax credit programs for film and television; development funding and export marketing support; and motion picture production services to attract inward investment and market BC as a destination for domestic and international production. The society acts as an industry catalyst and ambassador to help BC’s creative sector reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.


For more information, contact:

Emily Graham
SPF Marketing