Green Filming in Northern GermanyGreen Filming Badge

Green Filming Badge Logo with green feet

The Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein has supported the ecological and sustainable reshaping of the film industry since 2012. The Green Filming Badge has been working as a sustainability check on the entire value chain of a film since April 2020—from screenplay to distribution. Its predecessor, the Green Shooting Card, was not mandatory and only applied to the production process. With the Green Filming Badge all funded productions that are predominantly German-financed and shot in Germany must now meet ecologically sustainable criteria (see a set of criteria + guidelines below). After all, environmental protection should be a given. With the Green Filming Badge every production and every person involved contributes to making production processes more ecological and reducing the Co2 footprint.

What It Means in Concrete Terms

A film usually begins with the screenwriters, who can play with a number of parameters during their scriptwriting process: Choice of location and special effects all have an impact on the environmental footprint of a film. Proficient green storytelling can use its skills to draw attention to topics such as environmental and climate protection.

The presence of green consultants is essential on the set, as they stay on top of everything. A number of different trades and tasks come together during the making of a film. From logistics to mobility, lighting, energy, equipment, costume design and make-up—each department has potential for sustainability.

When filming is finished the film is far from completed: the film's rental and distribution should always consider vegetarian catering at premiere parties, sustainable DVD packaging or environmentally friendly advertising materials. As for movie theatres much of the print advertising can be converted to "online" advertising and/or can be produced sustainably. So please join us: Together, we can make the film and cinema world in Northern Germany a little bit greener, bit by bit.

Here you can find our set of criteria (available only in German) with both mandatory and voluntary green measures:

And here you can find our green guidelines (available only in German) with many practical tips and suggestions:

Nothern German "Tatort" with Wotan Wilke Möhring and Franziska Weisz

Co-operation partners

Hanseatische Material Verwaltung

Hanseatische Materialverwaltung is the main contact point for set building materials and ideas. It is where Hamburg’s cultural institutions, public schools, universities, artists and associations collect the materials they require for their social, ecological or creative projects. HMV collects materials and objects in a central warehouse, thereby creating an open collection that allows for the realization of new ideas – sustainable and creative!

Green Film Shooting

Based on a leaflet of the same title, which was published at the 2013 Berlinale, journalist Birgit Heidsiek tackles the issues of sustainability and environment protection in the film industry on her website. It features up-to-date news and background information on the topic of Green Film Shooting.

UmweltPartnerschaft Hamburg

Die UmweltPartnerschaft Hamburg ist seit über zehn Jahren DIE Hamburger Institution zur Förderung des freiwilligen Umweltschutzes in der Wirtschaft. Sie ist Innovationstreiber für umweltfreundliche Technik und gleichzeitig zentrale Plattform für den umweltpolitischen Austausch zwischen Wirtschaft, Politik und Verwaltung. Alle UmweltPartner investieren in umweltfreundliche Technik, führen Umweltmanagementsysteme ein, optimieren Betriebsabläufe nach energetischen Kriterien oder planen freiwillige Umweltschutzmaßnahmen.

Christiane Dopp
Film Commission Hamburg