Sustainability - The Future in View

Today, every aspect of sustainability is fundamental to the viability of everyone’s future around the world. Acting sustainably – not living at the expense of future generations or other people – means taking collective responsibility, and that applies to the Berlinale, too. The festival’s work both in front of and behind the scenes has for more than ten years been increasingly shaped by the intelligent and incremental implementation of social, ecological and economic sustainability.

At the TEDDY AWARDS 2012

Embedding Social Sustainability

Championing diversity and gender equality is deeply embedded in the festival’s history. The diversity of the Berlinale programme demands and encourages dialogue about supposed “normalities”. The World Cinema Fund (WCF) is committed to supporting cinema in regions with underdeveloped film infrastructure. The Panorama section and the independent film prize, the TEDDY AWARD, are recognised around the world as beacons for queer filmmaking. The Diversity & Inclusion initiative of the European Film Market (EFM) and events run by the WCF and Berlinale Talents advocate for the participation of all and against inequality. And the Berlinale film programme is continuously being expanded by services for people with disabilities. Accordingly, the Berlinale’s and the EFM’s participation regulations facilitate the equal treatment, participation and protection of everyone who is taking part in the festival while the Code of Conduct on Anti-discrimination and Social Media Netiquette policies are intended to guarantee everybody a (real or virtual) visit free of discrimination or harassment. In 2019, the festival became a signatory to the Berlin Declaration of the MANY which takes a stand against right-wing populism and for freedom of the arts.

Learning and Creating Networks

Cultural education and participation in the context of the Berlinale provide young people with essential inspiration to act thoughtfully. In the programme of the Generation section, children and young people can engage with other ways of living. And Berlinale Talents connects emergent filmmakers from all over the world in a sustainable way.

Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian on the “green” Red Carpet in 2020

Rethinking Due to the Climate Crisis

The climate crisis calls upon all of us, including filmmakers, to rethink the way we do things. Climate-neutral processes also have an impact on film productions and festivals. Balancing carbon footprints is increasingly popular – and so is the “green” Red Carpet made of old fishing nets which, thanks to the support of Engagement Global, will once again be rolled out in front of the Berlinale Palast this year. Since its first CO2 footprint was calculated in 2010, the Berlinale has worked hard to hold an environmentally friendly festival. Printed press kits and disposable plates and cutlery are gone, there are water fountains, organic vegetarian food and, since 2012, the possibility of climate-friendly travel to the festival with Deutsche Bahn. Berlinale merchandise is made from recycled material and is largely produced in Europe. The festival offices have been powered by 100% green electricity since 2011 and for the first time in 2013, received the EU’s EMAS environmental management certificate. CO2-intensive travel is also offset. With its sustainability manifesto, the EFM strengthens sustainability and ensures its visibility and audibility at its events and in the EFM podcast.

In its sustainable actions, the festival follows the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Thanks to the support from Engagement Global, the SDGs were presented to audiences at the 70th Berlinale with the #17goals project on Potsdamer Platz and in the Berlinale Social Bus.