Sustainable Production Forum

  • The Sustainable Production Forum is an annual event that brings together members of the motion picture industry to explore sustainable production practices, discuss the challenges and collaborate on innovative solutions. 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.


  • Reel Green was in attendance at the 2018 Sustainable Production Forum hosted at the Vancouver International Film Festival! This year the Forum extended to include 2 full days of talks, panels, and awards on sustainability in the motion picture industry.

    Reel Green was recognized for its work by Julie Bernard, Manager Production Services, Provincial Film Commission at Creative BC and was a discussion point amongst industry stakeholders throughout the Forum. Another big moment for the Reel Green program was the debut of the “Be Reel Green” video by Jennifer Sandoval of Green Spark Group and Vancouver Filmmaker Kryshan Randel. This video acts as an accessible resource that all productions in British Columbia can watch to kick-start a sustainable mindset and culture shift on set.

    Stay tuned for more on the Be Reel Green campaign in the months to come and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @creativebcs and use the #ReelGreen.

    The Sustainable Production Forum included thoughtful discussions on sustainable physical production, advertising, location stewardship, Sustainable Development Goals and entertainment, the Hollywood Effect and transforming culture, systems thinking, and disruptive technologies that change the way we work. Panelists featured experts from 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros. Entertainment, NBCUniversal, the Global Compact Network, Omnifilm, the Motion Picture Association Canada, IATSE 891, MPPIA, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and more!


    Cristina Mittermeier, National Geographic photographer adventurer of the year opened the Forum by sharing stunning images of her journey as a photographer and how climate change is disrupting human culture and our natural world.  She inspired with the message of hope and encourage us to all act now to reduce our negative impact on the natural world. Life, all life, depends on it.

    The 2018 Forum also included for the first time the induction of the Sustainable Production Excellence Awards. These awards recognize productions and individuals that demonstrate leadership, excellent performance, and commitment to the integration of sustainable production practices. They serve to celebrate and inspire those who work in motion picture and to challenge the industry to strive for excellence in sustainable production. 

    T o punctuate the two-day forum, Jade Tailor, actress, The Magicians,  joined Clara George, producer, and Steven Vitolo, CEO of Scriptation to launch the #PledgePaperless campaign to urge the industry to wean itself from paper and go digital.

    The atmosphere of the forum was one of excitement and change. Despite challenges raised, stakeholders from all areas of the industry are committed to rolling up their sleeves to see a sustainable future for motion picture.


  • 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.



  • The 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!