Vancouver International Film Festival's Sustainable Production Forum launches three industry awards

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      The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is gearing up for another year, and one of its first announcements is about a new development at its Sustainable Production Forum (SPF).

      This conference, which was launched in 2016 and runs this year from October 5 to 6 with the theme of Transforming Culture, is designed to bring together local and global organizations to address issues about sustainability, industry stewardship, environmental practices, initiatives and more in screen-production industries.

      This year, the forum is launching its Sustainable Production Excellence Awards to highlight major contributions and achievements in sustainable production.

      The awards will cover three categories:

      • the Industry Builder Award, for a person or production that has made significant contributions to the local economy;
      • the Production Sustainability Impact Award, for a production that has reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions or waste diversion and contributed to the local economy;
      • the Sustainable Production Champion, for up to five individuals who have made outstanding efforts in advancing sustainable production in screen industries.

      The nominations for the first two awards—the Industry Builder and Production Sustainability Impact awards—will come from VIFF and SPF collaborators.

      Nominations for the Sustainable Production Champion Award can be made online, and are due by August 31.

      The awards, chosen by a jury, will be presented at a gala on October 5.

      This year, UN Global Compact Network of Canada president and senior advisor advisor Helle Bank Jorgensen will talk about sustainable development goals as the headline speaker at the two-day forum.

      This year's VIFF runs from September 27 to October 12.

      More about the forum can be found at the SPF website