Welcome to Marwin; welcome to a green production. Universal goes green.

Filmed in Vancouver, BC, the Welcome to Marwen crew went above and beyond to implement green practices throughout production. Both in the office and on set, there was an extensive recycling program that included composting food waste and recycling textiles. By setting up water stations on set and encouraging crew to bring their own reusable bottles, production avoided using plastic water bottles throughout production, which is impressive and rare on a fast-paced film set.

When building the sets, the Construction team sourced FSC-Certified Lauan to build their walls, ensuring that the plywood was harvested responsibly. After the production wrapped, they donated 13 tons of material for reuse to the Sustainable Lockup. Additional donations included road materials to Riverview Hospital to fill in pot holes, hundreds of toy models to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Squamish, BC, and household goods to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, and the Downtown Women’s Shelter. In addition to these in-kind donations, the cast and crew took part in the Vancouver Food Bank REEL Thanksgiving Challenge and came in 5th place with their donation of more than $12,000. These practices and more earned Welcome to Marwen a 2018 EMA Gold Seal.


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BERLINALE adds "Green Film Shooting seminar"


Climate action and environmentally sustainable management are highly important. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the whole society needs to assume responsibility for these issues. The same holds true for the world of filmmaking.

Green film shooting and producing is gaining more and more attention in the media industry. Against this backdrop, the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media aim to provide a stimulus for better integrating environmental goals into filmmaking. We invite you to discuss this topic.

First experiences of sustainable productions clearly show the diverse nature of the aspects and measures to be considered. These include the technical and organisational requirements of sustainable media production, which takes into consideration the film’s subject, shooting location, artistic design etc. Economic aspects and the standards of the different film promotion schemes of the German Federation and the federal states need to be taken into account as well.

With our invited experts, we would like to talk about ways to achieve more sustainable filmmaking. These include successful approaches on sustainable media production that already exist and further conditions and incentives for sustainable film shooting that can be created. We also want to discuss the criteria for standardisation and certification and possibilities for financial incentives, for example as part of film promotion.