Vancouver's 2019 Sustainable Production Forum to tackle collective climate action for screen industries

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      In the wake of Greta Thunberg’s recent visit to Vancouver, which certainly brought climate to the fore of everyone’s attention, an annual conference is seeking to help one of B.C.’s major industries find ways to become more sustainable and environmental.

      As screen industries are contributors to environmental and climate issues, the SPF is designed to address both issues and solutions. (The SPF originally launched as a collaboration between the Green Spark Group and the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2016.)

      The fourth consecutive Sustainable Production Forum (SPF) will be held on Friday and Saturday (November 1 and 2) at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the Centre for Digital Media.

      This year’s theme is collective action.

      The program will include speakers, pitch sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, awards, and even test-drives of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

      Topics will cover how to communicate climate change and sustainability, examples of sustainable production practices, how the screen productions can work with municipalities to address a climate emergency, diversity and sustainability, and more.

      Speakers will include Bosa Centre for Film and Animation director Doreen Manuel, Coun. Adriane Carr, Sony Innovation Studios head Glenn Gainor, NBC Universal sustainability director Shannon Bart, Circus CEO Daniel Domachowski, Fairware CEO Denise Taschereau, The Magicians producer Clara George, University of California professor Darnell Hunt, and more.

      The forum will close with a screening of the documentary Ice on Fire, about the potential mass extinction caused by the release of arctic methane.

      For full details, visit the SPF website.