At the heart of the European Film Academy’s values lies a commitment to sustainability – a dedication to safeguarding our planet, nurturing our communities, and inspiring positive change through the power of cinema. As we celebrate the art of film, we recognise our responsibility to contribute to a more sustainable world. The Academy’s sustainability standards outline our shared principles and the actions we undertake to minimise our environmental impact and promote a thriving future for all.


    The Academy’s mission is rooted in the promotion of conscious filmmaking. Through new initiatives and established projects such as the European Film Club and the European Film Awards, the Academy advocates for filmmakers who challenge social and environmental norms through their creative expressions, igniting meaningful conversations and affecting positive change.

    The European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate aims to award a European institution, company, or film for an “Outstanding European contribution to sustainability in film”. The initiative is a partnership between the European Film Academy and the World Bank Group’s programme for creative communications and climate action, Connect4Climate. The objective of the European Sustainability Award – Prix Film4Climate is to celebrate more than just films that are produced according to the most state-of-the-art sustainable standards, but to encourage the film industry to drive its influential impact towards a sustainable approach to economy, society and environment, promoting real impact in individuals’ lives.

    The European Film Academy’s commitment extends to elevating sustainable stories by striving to amplify films that spotlight sustainable living, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. Through the cinema’s influential platform, the Academy illuminates narratives that matter.

    At the European Film Academy, eco-friendly practices are a priority. Carbon-neutral operations are not just a goal; they are a reality that the Academy is actively working towards, standing hand-in-hand with carbon offset initiatives.

    Together with the Icelandic Forestry Association, the European Film Forest was established in 2020 and is located in Heiðmörk, about 9.5 km from the city of Reykjavík. The project aims at offsetting the carbon emissions from business travel, and until now, the project supported the planting of more than 3,000 trees with the help of our Icelandic partners and Academy members.

    Collaboration magnifies impact. The European Film Academy actively forges partnerships with like-minded organisations, initiatives, and individuals who share an unwavering dedication to sustainability. Together, the Academy and its partners build collective strength to catalyse positive and lasting change through our new initiative called The European Film Academy’s Sustainability Network (ASN). The ASN brings together experts, filmmakers, policymakers, and stakeholders across the continent to exchange ideas, share best practices, and advocate for change.

    Education is a central tool for transformation at the European Film Academy’s vision for positive change. Filmmakers, industry professionals, and audiences alike are empowered with the knowledge needed to weave sustainability into their fabric. This education drives the adoption of eco-conscious practices within their creative endeavors and daily lives.

    Promoting responsible consumption is a cornerstone of The Academy’s philosophy. Conscious resource utilisation, promoting ethical choices that underpin a circular economy and drastically reducing waste are guiding principles for the European Film Academy.

    The Academy’s call to action extends to engage and involve. Calling upon the Academy members, supporters, and the entire film community to be active participants in our sustainable journey is essential for achieving the expected results. This collective effort propels us towards a future where the principles of sustainability shape our world.

    These standards reaffirm the European Film Academy’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, a fundamental principle underpinning our actions and endeavors. Through our collective efforts, we pave the way towards a more compassionate, conscious, and thriving cinematic landscape, as well as a planet that thrives for generations to come.

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