Sustainable Filmmaking


Creative Migration and CCCL 2020 are teaming up to offer local filmmakers the information, resources and tools necessary to incorporate sustainable practices into their work.

Filmmakers are required to incorporate at least 8 sustainable methods of production outlined below. They must share about their production process in real time through CCCL Film Festival’s social media channels.

Inspired by our past experience with Project Green (Nomad Films/ Global Action Plan Sweden), sustainable methods of production (AT LEAST SEVEN (8), chosen from the provided list):



  • Production meetings will be held locally and will be accessible via all modes of transport

  • Communication between production staff/crew will be via e-mail and online forums/documents, as well as via telephones

  • All accounting/administrative paperwork will be done online; printing will be kept to a minimum

  • Pre-production office/headquarters should have recycling bins available and staff encouraged to bring their own reusable containers



  • If possible, shoot at a location that is easily accessible via bus, train, bike, foot and/or car.

  • Regardless of where the set is – middle of the desert vs. a busy city street – be mindful of the production’s impact on the environment and avoid damaging the surroundings with production-related activities.

  • Make sure to remove all equipment and remnants from production – leave NOTHING behind after production.  This includes used tape for lighting, grease spills, gum wrappers, cigarette butts, etc.


  • Vehicles used throughout production should be electric or hybrid; absolutely no SUVs or diesel trucks permitted on sustainable sets or for use in-between locations

  • If air transport is necessary, all shipments and/or flights should be combined to minimize the number of planes necessary for transport.  Arrival/departure times should be arranged to minimize car trips to airport, train station or bus station.


  • Memory: P2 cards should be used when possible, and all data should be captured to external hard drives for memory storage.  If film/tape stock is necessary filmmakers should capture footage nightly and reuse tape throughout production.

  • Audio: memory cards, as opposed to tape, will be used to capture audio

  • Lighting: Use of natural light when possible and/or battery powered lighting devices and/or solar powered lighting.  All lighting, regardless of source, should be turned off or powered down when not in immediate use.



  • Production staff/crew should bring their own reusable plates and utensils, as well as cloth napkins, no paper/plastic plates or utensils will be provided

  • Drinks will be dispensed via large containers and staff/crew/talent should bring coffee mugs and/or water bottles for drinking; no paper/plastic cups will be provided.

  • On-set catering should come from local restaurants and/or local vendors who use local suppliers (perhaps production location organized in order to make this possible).

  • Food should be biked or walked to set, and production should supply caterer with reusable containers for transporting.  Additionally, canvas/cloth bags should be used as opposed to paper/plastic

  • Food waste should be composted when appropriate; uneaten food should be donated to local shelter(s)


Waste Disposal

  • All materials that could be re-used will be (tape re-rolled and used a second/third time, call sheets used as scrap paper, etc.)


Travel Accommodations

  • Camping - implementing Leave No Trace principles

  • Staying with friends

  • Intentional/Artist Communities - visiting unique places on our route that use sustainable practices in their everyday lives.



  • Post-Production office and edit suite will be accessible via all modes of transport.

  • Communication between production staff/crew will be via e-mail and online forums/documents

  • Equipment should be turned off when not in use; monitors can be powered down when computers need to run overnight

  • All accounting/administrative paperwork will be done online; printing will be kept to a minimum

  • Post-Production office/headquarters should have recycling bins available, and staff encouraged to bring their own reusable containers

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Michael Herrin

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