VIFF Sustainable Production Forum 2017

The Sustainable Production Forum is a keystone event at VIFF’s annual festival and the leading event of its kind in the world. Given the ever-changing nature of the sustainable production movement, the Forum offers bold, dynamic programming to address the most relevant issues, debate the most provocative topics and ultimately help advance sustainability in the motion picture and television industries.

The 2017 Sustainable Production Forum, focused on Action Now. Panels of experts discussed the ever-changing nature of sustainability in physical production from the studio and city perspective, international collaborations, innovations and education for the next generation filmmakers.

Read the "Recap of the Sustainable Production Forum at VIFF 2017".


Thank you to our keynote speaker, guest speakers and moderators. Videos of the sessions will be posted soon.

Keynote Address: Lydia Dean Pilcher, CEO/Producer, Cine Mosaic,Inc. & Co-Founder PGA Green.

Inspiration for the movement that’s revolutionizing the motion picture and television industries.

Session 1: Collaboration and Collective Action

An overview of the sustainable production efforts that have resulted from collaboration and collective, multi-stakeholder action, including an update on the local Reel Green program.

Session 2: Policy Advances for Sustainable Production

Guests learned from stakeholders from industry organizations around the world who are involved in policy advancement at the municipal and regional levels who can enable sustainable production practices.

Session 3: Next Generation

This session brought together university administrators and faculty and industry organizations to share their approach to sustainable production in higher education.

Session 4: Studio Roundtable

Representatives from major studios discussed the latest and greatest in sustainable production, as well as the tools and systems that enable a lighter footprint on set.

Session 5: Power Hour

Industry professionals and city strategists discussed innovative technology and practical applications that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.



  • VIFF’s Sustainable Production Forum was the first-of-its-kind in North America at a major film festival. Sustainable production is the future of filmmaking and the Vancouver International Film Festival was a wonderful platform to showcase this.

    There was an amazing line up of speakers including: Mayor Gregor Robertson, X-Files director Chris Carter, the sustainability executives from major studios in Los Angeles, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Creative BC, the World Bank’s Connect4Climate, sustainability practitioners in New York (Earth Angel) and BC (Keep it Green Recycling and Green Spark Group) and the Vancouver Economic Commission and the green economy. There was even a training session at lunch to help those on set implement recycling systems, understand the supply chain and learn how to reduce greenhouse gas emission. It was a great day!

    In case you missed it, the videos of the sessions are below.

    Keynote: The Sustainable Production Future

    Introduction: Mayor Gregor Robertson

    Keynote Speaker: Chris Carter, award winning writer, producer, director, creator of The X-Files.

    Watch The X-Files Green Production video clip.

    How has the industry shifted and what is the future of sustainable production?

    Session 1: Sustainability at the Studios

    Meet the players from the major studios in Hollywood and hear their perspective on sustainable production and why it matters.

    Session 2: The Big Picture - Global Leadership on Sustainable Production

    Creative centers around the world are incorporating sustainable production strategies into their programs and projects, and focusing on educating and connecting stakeholders to leverage collective action.

    Session 3: Sustainable Production 101 Training

    How to set up recycling systems on set, tips on green material sourcing, and implementing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Session 4: Walking the Talk - Sustainable Production in Action

    Celebrating its 10th year Creative BC’s Reel Green Initiative is growing stronger. Learn from New York and Vancouver practitioners on how to integrate sustainable production strategies on any show.

    Session 5: Myth Busting Common Misconceptions

    Hear about what is and isn’t possible in the quest for more sustainable production. Think you can’t eat healthy on set? Think nobody wants your used construction materials? Think again!