Cinema and science call for a “green seal” for sustainable film shoots

Round table about cinema and climate change

10/26/2018.- A large group of filmmakers and scientists came together during the 63rdedition of Valladolid International Film Festival at a productive meeting, where they shared experiences about the way in which the film industry addresses environmental issues. Together, they drew up a manifesto proposing, among other measures, the creation of a ‘green seal’ to guarantee and reward sustainability in future productions.

This label would certify that film shoots are conducted with a bigger respect for the environment, and that certain rules are followed. These include the use of renewable energies and recycled paper, promotion of the purchase of returnable packaging, the use of biodegradable materials such as wood and organic textiles, and reduction of plastic.

At a round table discussion held on Friday 26th October at Calderón Theatre as part of Seminci, the film director Guillermo García highlighted the importance of “normalising” these types of measures when filming, “viewing ecological and sustainable filming as a challenge”. “We can dream freely and create catastrophic situations such as hurricanes, but following certain standards and basing this on scientific grounds so that we understand what we’re working with, and to do this, joint teams could be created”, he added. 

Meanwhile, lecturer Carlos de Castro from the University of Valladolid reminded participants that in order to limit climate change, “all aspects of society must be changed”, warning that it is an environmental issue which “is interlinked with other issues relating to water and deforestation, with the result that we are talking about a global crisis”. This is why it is so vital to raise awareness and to take action. 

Cinema is, without a doubt, a tool which can help in the fight against climate change, and de Castro criticised the fact that counterproductive images are often produced. “Cinema creates myths, launches or affirms paradigms of thought and can help to solve this global emergency”, he continued. In this sense, he spoke positively of films such as El Olivo by Iciar Bollain, in which viewers encounter two perspectives: “one in which it is nothing more than a tree, and another in which it is considered sacred”. “We need these changes in perspective, and we need to convey them through cinema. Why don’t we change this?”, he asked during his talk.

In the manifesto created as part of Seminci, the representatives of the film industry and the scientific community also invited the media to include productions which address issues relating to the protection of the environment in a cross-cutting manner in their prime time programming.

Meanwhile, the councillor for the Environment at Valladolid City Council, María Sánchez, highlighted the importance of the Green Spike awarded by Seminci, considering that “it has an importance which goes beyond purely symbolic aspects, because it helps to enhance the visibility of the role of public administrations in the fight against climate change, and what better way to reach the general public than with a film festival”, she said during her contribution to the round table.

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