We, the initiators of changemakers.film and the "Voluntary Commitment and Declaration on Green Filming", are the actors Pheline Roggan and Moritz Vierboom and the director Laura Fischer. We got to know each other through our commitment in various climate and environmental initiatives as well as climate justice demonstrations. We all had - quite independently of each other - the strong desire to actively do something against the climate crisis also in our immediate field of activity, the film industry. So we sat together and brainstormed about where and how we could start.
Our first project was the cooperation “Green Room”: During Berlinale 2020 we organized two panel discussions on “Shooting Green” to begin this conversation, connect with and learn from our colleagues from different departments, broadcast stations and film funds. After this positive experience we decided to move forward. We studied existing initiatives such as the Green Shooting guidelines developed by MFG Baden-Württemberg, the “Grünen Drehpass” (“Green passport for shooting”) developed by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig- Holstein and the Selbstverpflichtung des unabhängigen Produzentenverbandes (“Self- Commitment of independent film producers”.) We also talked to those involved as well as labor unions and associations. Based on what we learned, the idea for the Voluntary Self- Commitment was born. Working within the film industry we want to do our part to protect the environment and support the existing initiatives.
We are more than willing to let go of old habits and luxury. We are not afraid to take a stand. We are responsible for change.
From September 2021, agent Silke Bacher will take over from Miriam Stein. Pauline Daemgen (Fridays for Future) looks after the social media activities.
It was important that we as Changemakers.film were an active part of the negotiations on the "minimum ecological standards" of the "Green Shooting" working group. Thus, we were able to give more weight to our perspective for sustainable film and media productions. Our "accomplices" Philip Gassmann (film and TV sustainability expert) and Prof. Dirk Notz (climate researcher) were also involved in the development of the minimum standards in an advisory capacity, as was the environmental scientist Nils König. We are pleased that the minimum standards will be reviewed annually and adjusted if necessary. In our opinion, this is the only way to achieve the goal of climate-neutral filming. In addition, politicians and the state are called upon to adjust their subsidies accordingly.
The minimum standards of the "Green Shooting" working group are a first step towards making the film industry climate-neutral and thus fit for the future. If we want to meet the climate targets and the 1.5 degree target, all industries must convert their production methods to climate-neutral operations. We are delighted that so many broadcasters and production companies are taking action on their own and making binding commitments, even before politicians introduce mandatory regulations. This is a good signal.
Background: All participating broadcasters, production companies, VoD services and film sponsors will implement the binding voluntary commitment on January 1, 2022. The commitment will be made visible via the "green motion" label.