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Sustainable Production Forum : Action Now

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VIFF 2017 Sustainable Production Forum | Impact
Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Motion pictures are part of our culture, providing a powerful medium for entertainment and education. Any genre, from features to shorts, documentaries to animation, go through the production process. Resources are used every step of the way, whether it be in the supply chain, fuel, lumber, energy, water, paper or human resources, these have an impact. The nature of filmmaking allows for vast creativity yet there can also be vast resource use if left to business as usual.

Climate change is widely thought of as the number one threat facing humanity. It is critical for the motion picture industry to consider how it will adapt. The risks of climate change will likely affect global supply chains, goods and services used as well as our locations and processes for making entertainment.

Admission to the Sustainable Production Forum is FREE. Register in advance below. 

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Come and join us for coffee and a light breakfast before the 2017 Sustainable Production Forum begins.

Get ready for the Sustainable Production Forum: Action Now! We’ll kick-off the day and get you excited about sustainable production and the discussions to follow. Come early and take it all in!

Get inspired about the movement that’s revolutionizing the motion picture and television industries.

Lydia Dean Pilcher, CEO/Producer, Cine Mosaic,Inc. & Co-Founder PGA Green.

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.

Jeremy Mathieu, Albert International Manager for BAFTA
Lydia Dean Pilcher, CEO/Producer, Cine Mosaic,Inc. & Co-Founder PGA Green.
Julie Bernard, Manager of Production Services, Creative BC

Sandi Richter-Cooper, BC Film Commissioner, CrBC

Morning coffee break.

Familiarize yourself with the stakeholders involved in policy advancement at the municipal and regional levels who can enable sustainable production practices.

Kenneth Ebie, Executive Director of External Affairs, NYC Office of Media & Entertainment
Luca Ferrario, Director, Trentino Film Fund and Commission & Vice President, Italian Film Commissions
Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission
Sophie Delorme, Vice-Director of Social and Environmental responsibility, Co-Founder of EcoProd
Paul Evans, Co-Founder Green Shoot

David Shepheard, Director, Vancouver Film Commission

Break for lunch.

This session will bring together professors and film students to share their approach to sustainable production inside and out of the classroom. 

Garvin Eddy, Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia
Melissa Goodall, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability, Yale University
Jeremy Mathieu, Albert International Manager for BAFTA


Tyler Orton, Reporter at Business in Vancouver

Learn from the major studios about the latest and greatest in sustainable production, as well as the tools and systems that enable a lighter footprint on set.

Mike Slavich, Director of Sustainability at Warner Bros. Entertainment
Lisa Day, Director, Energy Initiative, 20th Century Fox

Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC

The final break of the afternoon.

An applied session to discuss innovative technology and practical applications that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Billy Baxter, Chief Lighting Technician
Jeremiah Benskin, Writer and Director
Ian Neville, Sustainability Group | Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver

Keith Woods, Rigging Gaffer, Member of IATSE Local 891


All delegates who pre-register for the 2017 Sustainable Production Forum will be able to pick up accreditation from the venue on the day of the event.

General registration will be available from September 11th. 

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