SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION
FORUM

VAN
COU
VER

NOV
1 - 2
2019

19

WHAT IS THE SPF?

The Sustainable Production forum—SPF for short—is two days of connecting with industry professionals, learning about sustainable production practices, collaborating on solutions and finding new pathways to make a difference on set and in the motion picture industry. It's a one of a kind event that explores sustainable production solutions at all levels, and features stakeholders from around the world.

The 2019 program will feature a mix of focused workshops, panels, and notable keynote speakers to offer dynamic programming for all industry members. The climate action focused city of Vancouver serves as the backdrop for creative thinking on advancing motion picture into a sustainable future.

2019 spf presented by

THEME

TOPICS

COLLECTIVE ACTION

CLIMATE EMERGENCY

PRODUCING FOR THE PLANET

COMMUNICATING FOR THE PLANET

DIVERSITY DRIVES SUSTAINABILITY

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FORUM THEME: COLLECTIVE ACTION

Highlighting and discussing collective action will remind the industry that we need to work together to reduce our impact. Climate change affects all of us directly, now more than ever. And it will take all of us to solve it—the time to step up is now.

PROGRAM

Industry Action in a Climate Emergency

Industry leaders and representatives from municipal governments will discuss the risks and opportunities for the film industry in our current and developing climate crisis. Over 600 municipal governments across the world have declared a climate emergency, including the City of Vancouver. What are the implications for film production as these declarations develop into updated policies, plans, laws and regulations? How can film productions partner with municipalities to address, and adapt to, our changing climate?

PROGRAM

Adopting a Circular Mindset

This session will focus on producers who reduce impacts across all departments by using a circular mindset. Hear real life examples and creative solutions for how to work towards zero waste, reduced emissions, and so much more. Learn from these sustainability powerhouses about how to take the lead, see your production as a system, and reduce impacts right now.

PROGRAM

Talk and action

How do you talk about the climate emergency? What can you show on screen to model sustainable choices? Panelists will discuss the various ways we can communicate for the planet in the script and on screen.

PROGRAM

innovation, opportunity, and ingenuity

The industry has made great strides to increase and promote diversity in the last few years with the initial success of initiatives such as the Inclusion Rider. We have seen a positive shift towards a more inclusive industry, the effects of which can be felt across departments. Diversity of thought drives innovation, opportunity, and ingenuity—qualities that not only enrich storytelling but propel sustainable actions as well. Panelists will discuss the latest research and trends in this space, and push the conversation further: what more can we do?

PROGRAM

WHERE

The 2019 Sustainable Production Forum will take place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Centre for Digital Media in Vancouver, Canada.

The Centre for Digital Media houses the Master of Digital Media program which is accredited and awarded by four leading Canadian post-secondary institutions: The University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Due to this unique academic partnership, there is no other program like it in the world.

Emily Carr University buildings, with reputable film and animation programs, host a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. The LEED building meets Canada Green Building Council’s standards for waste reduction, energy and water conservation, air quality and more.

These institutions act as in inspirational backdrop for the 2019 SPF when discussing the future of the motion picture and the champions who will pioneer sustainable initiatives in the years to come.

WHEN


DAY 1

Friday, November 1st, 2019



DAY 2

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

2019 SPEAKERS

Councillor Adriane Carr

City Councillor,
City of Vancouver

Councillor Carr is Vancouver’s first Green Party City Councillor. From 2000 to 2006 she served as BC Green Party Leader, a party she co-founded in 1983, and from 2006 to 2014 as Deputy Leader to federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May.

Darnell Hunt

Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and African American Studies,
University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Hunt has written extensively on race and media, including four books and numerous scholarly journal articles and popular magazine articles. Prior to his positions at UCLA, he chaired the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California (USC).

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni

Head of Strategic Outreach,
Pearl Street Films

Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is Head of Strategic Outreach at Pearl Street Films. In this role she advises Pearl Street’s owners, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, on taking specific steps towards inclusive representation in the entertainment industry. One of her first initiatives on the job was to co-author the Inclusion Rider (referred to by Frances McDormand in her 2018 Oscar acceptance speech).

 

SPONSORS

The Sustainable Production forum has been honoured to collaborate with past sponsors and brands that believe in a sustainable future for the motion picture industry. Join the team of sponsors who support the 2019 Forum and are leading change for the industry.

Words of Welcome

A message from...

the Honourable Lisa Beare

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

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On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 4th annual Sustainable Production Forum.

I commend each of you for rising to the challenge of climate change. We all need to work together to reduce our impact on the environment, and the film and television industry has a key role to play in building B.C.’s low-carbon economy.

Over the next two days, you’ll have the opportunity to connect, collaborate and learn more about sustainable production practices to make a difference on your next set. I also encourage you to sign up for free Carbon Literacy training through Creative BC’s Reel Green webpage.

We are proud to support this forum through Creative BC because, as North America’s third largest motion picture hub, B.C. has an opportunity and a responsibility to be a leader in sustainability.

We love our province and we want to protect what makes it so special. I hope you take this opportunity to get creative about industry practices so that we can build a better B.C. together.

A message from...

PREMIER JOHN HORGAN

Premier of the Province of British Columbia

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As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, I’m pleased to welcome everyone attending the 2019 Sustainable Production Forum.

Like people throughout the world, British Columbians want a future that brings opportunity into the communities they call home, while living up to our responsibility to guarantee clean air, land and water for generations to come. Innovation, awareness, and collaboration in BC’s film sector are making an impact on carbon emissions, waste, and production costs. Events like this conference provide an important platform for producers, directors, crew, and stakeholders of all levels to gather and discuss ways to achieve excellence in addressing climate change. The people attending are among the best of their fields, from writers to visual effects, to animation and postproduction. By working together across all areas of the industry, you can set the bar for efficient production and make sustainability the standard in motion pictures.

I want to thank the 2019 SPF organizers and all of those who have come together to showcase the power of collective action in film and entertainment to create positive change that spans cultural, social and economic priorities. Our government shares your commitment to building a better future for everyone by taking action to hit climate targets, maximize opportunities, and protect our unique environment with the Clean BC plan. I appreciate the hard work of everyone involved in bringing this exciting international conversation on sustainable production to British Columbia.

Please accept my best wishes for a productive and inspiring weekend in Vancouver!

A message from...

the Honourable George Heyman

Minister of Environment and
Climate Change Strategy

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Welcome to the Sustainable Production Forum in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

This year’s event provides exciting opportunities for leaders in the motion picture industry to connect and share ideas for a more sustainable future for the creative sector. Sustainable Production Forum is leading the conversation about the challenge of climate change and the motion picture industry’s role in reducing its carbon emissions impact on the environment.

In B.C., we’re taking action to create a cleaner, better future with our CleanBC plan. CleanBC is helping move our economy towards clean growth – in transportation, the building sector, industry and waste – to support a healthy environment and good jobs for everyone.

The creative sector is an important part of this future. Whether it’s highlighting diverse new voices to tell stories that inspire a better world or adopting innovative technologies that drive low-carbon innovation in the film industry, the work you do is critically important. No creative approach should be left unexplored as we work to address this challenge.

I hope your time at SPF offers new learning opportunties that help us build a better future together.

A message from...

Prem Gill

Chief Executive Officer,
Creative BC

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Welcome to British Columbia and the fourth annual Sustainable Production Forum! 

As CEO of Creative BC, I have witnessed how the motion picture industry has shifted its lens and vision towards sustainability and implementing green practices at every level of production.

At this critical juncture, we are seeing the impacts of climate change and it is vital that we work together to engage on the topic of sustainability and act to reduce negative impacts. The theme this year is Collective Action, and over the next two days you will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders about how collectively we can combat the climate crisis on set.

As North America’s third largest motion picture hub, we are leading the way in ensuring that B.C. creators have the tools and strategies to become green on set and in life.

The Sustainable Production Forum is an engaging platform for knowledge sharing and I encourage you all to dream big and act with intent.  Enjoy these informative two days at the SPF!

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A message from...

the Honourable Lisa Beare

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

On behalf of Premier John Horgan and the Government of British Columbia, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 4th annual Sustainable Production Forum.

I commend each of you for rising to the challenge of climate change. We all need to work together to reduce our impact on the environment, and the film and television industry has a key role to play in building B.C.’s low-carbon economy.

Over the next two days, you’ll have the opportunity to connect, collaborate and learn more about sustainable production practices to make a difference on your next set. I also encourage you to sign up for free Carbon Literacy training through Creative BC’s Reel Green webpage.

We are proud to support this forum through Creative BC because, as North America’s third largest motion picture hub, B.C. has an opportunity and a responsibility to be a leader in sustainability.

We love our province and we want to protect what makes it so special. I hope you take this opportunity to get creative about industry practices so that we can build a better B.C. together.

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A message from...

PREMIER JOHN HORGAN

Premier of the Province of British Columbia

As Premier of the Province of British Columbia, I’m pleased to welcome everyone attending the 2019 Sustainable Production Forum.

Like people throughout the world, British Columbians want a future that brings opportunity into the communities they call home, while living up to our responsibility to guarantee clean air, land and water for generations to come. Innovation, awareness, and collaboration in BC’s film sector are making an impact on carbon emissions, waste, and production costs. Events like this conference provide an important platform for producers, directors, crew, and stakeholders of all levels to gather and discuss ways to achieve excellence in addressing climate change. The people attending are among the best of their fields, from writers to visual effects, to animation and postproduction. By working together across all areas of the industry, you can set the bar for efficient production and make sustainability the standard in motion pictures.

I want to thank the 2019 SPF organizers and all of those who have come together to showcase the power of collective action in film and entertainment to create positive change that spans cultural, social and economic priorities. Our government shares your commitment to building a better future for everyone by taking action to hit climate targets, maximize opportunities, and protect our unique environment with the Clean BC plan. I appreciate the hard work of everyone involved in bringing this exciting international conversation on sustainable production to British Columbia.

Please accept my best wishes for a productive and inspiring weekend in Vancouver!

x

A message from...

the Honourable George Heyman

Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Welcome to the Sustainable Production Forum in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

This year’s event provides exciting opportunities for leaders in the motion picture industry to connect and share ideas for a more sustainable future for the creative sector. Sustainable Production Forum is leading the conversation about the challenge of climate change and the motion picture industry’s role in reducing its carbon emissions impact on the environment.

In B.C., we’re taking action to create a cleaner, better future with our CleanBC plan. CleanBC is helping move our economy towards clean growth – in transportation, the building sector, industry and waste – to support a healthy environment and good jobs for everyone.

The creative sector is an important part of this future. Whether it’s highlighting diverse new voices to tell stories that inspire a better world or adopting innovative technologies that drive low-carbon innovation in the film industry, the work you do is critically important. No creative approach should be left unexplored as we work to address this challenge.

I hope your time at SPF offers new learning opportunties that help us build a better future together.

x

A message from...

Prem Gill

Chief Executive Officer,
Creative BC

Welcome to British Columbia and the fourth annual Sustainable Production Forum! 

As CEO of Creative BC, I have witnessed how the motion picture industry has shifted its lens and vision towards sustainability and implementing green practices at every level of production.

At this critical juncture, we are seeing the impacts of climate change and it is vital that we work together to engage on the topic of sustainability and act to reduce negative impacts. The theme this year is Collective Action, and over the next two days you will have the opportunity to hear from industry leaders about how collectively we can combat the climate crisis on set.

As North America’s third largest motion picture hub, we are leading the way in ensuring that B.C. creators have the tools and strategies to become green on set and in life.

The Sustainable Production Forum is an engaging platform for knowledge sharing and I encourage you all to dream big and act with intent.  Enjoy these informative two days at the SPF!

TESTIMONIALS

"What a fantastic experience! Speaking about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the action we all can take at the Sustainable Production Forum. I'm looking forward to all the SDG action from the film and advertising Industry!"

- Helle Bank Jorgensen, United Nations Global Compact Canada

"We are still basking in the glow of impressions from those two days. What a fabulous lineup of participants in your panels. Truly this conference was a highlight of the year for me."

- Barbara Ann Schoemaker, Directors Guild of Canada, British Columbia

“I very much enjoyed the events. I often go to conferences and panels and I can find them tedious and not that informative. Not so at your Sustainability Forum! The panels were well programmed and I learned a great deal.”

- Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission

“So encouraging to see green production progress. I am also looking forward to continue to collaborate and shared efforts with everyone.“

- Sophie Delorme, France Télévisions RSE and EcoProd

“It’s hard to express enough gratitude for the extensive work [the SPF team] constantly puts in to inspire and support the film and tv industry locally and internationally to create more positive impacts with their activities. Vancouver’s industry would simply not be the same without you."

- Meg O’Shea, Vancouver Economic Commission

“The forum and all of the events were fantastic -- congratulations! I love the conversations and connections and look forward to next year.”

- Lisa Day, 20th Century Fox

SPF AWARDS

CELEBRATING SUSTAINABLE EXCELLENCE

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SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION IMPACT

RECOGNIZES PRODUCTIONS

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 challenge the industry to strive for excellence in sustainable production.

Sustainable Production Impact recognizes production(s) that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions and/or diverted waste from landfill and/or contributed positively to the local community. One award is available in this category.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION CHAMPION

RECOGNIZES INDIVIDUALS

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 challenge the industry to strive for excellence in sustainable production.

Sustainable Production Champion category recognizes individuals who go above and beyond to advance sustainable production in the motion picture industry. Up to five awards may be given in this category.

 

PARTNER

The 2019 Sustainable Production Forum is a collaboration with the Motion Picture Production Industry Association, a B.C. non-profit dedicated to cultivating a strong future for BC’s motion picture production sector. MPPIA members work together to inform, educate, develop and market new initiatives that ensure BC’s motion picture industry flourishes as part of British Columbia’s vibrant, environmentally conscious, knowledge-based economy.

Want to be involved but unsure whether sponsorship is the right fit? Get in touch with us to present partnership opportunities and help shape change within the motion picture industry.


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