The award ceremony for the 2021/22 competition period took place on June 20, 2022 at a festive event in the courtyard of the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Berlin.
During this ceremony, the nominated productions were introduced to an audience of industry professionals in the presence of the competition jury. The presentation of the "Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production" was the highlight of the event.
The award ceremony took place in the presence of the Federal Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection, Steffi Lemke, and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, Claudia Roth, among personally invited guests.
The Eisvogel for the competition period 2021/22 was awarded to unafilm TADO GmbH for the production “Tatort Dortmund – Gier und Angst”.
Tatort Dortmund – Gier und Angst
Unafilm produced this Tatort Dortmund episode in spring 2021, systematically identifying and specifically implementing environment-related measures.
“The measures implemented by the production in cooperation with the Green Consultant have noticeably led to greater attentiveness to environmental aspects and intensive cooperation within the team.” Titus Kreyenberg, Producer
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Decision of the competition jury (excerpt):
“The production “Tatort Dortmund – Gier und Angst” is characterized by a particularly coherent general approach to environment-related aspects. The concept combined a clear environmental commitment with a very systematic analysis of possible environmental hot spots and a structured plan of mitigation measures based on this analysis.
In addition to a wide range of measures to reduce the environmental impact of transport (e.g., use of low-emission vehicles and traffic-optimized planning of shots), catering (e.g., regional, seasonal, and organic-certified catering), and accommodation (e.g., consistent use of certified/resource-saving accommodations), an energy-saving lighting concept was implemented. This concept helped to reduce energy use at the set by approx. 80%.
In the opinion of the competition jury, this lighting concept constitutes an effective and readily transferable "innovation". New elements - but available on the market - and particularly bright cameras (Sony FX-6 camera) are combined with efficient and flexible light sources (LED orbiters) as well as other tools (such as skypanels) in such a way that the energy savings make it possible to shoot with "normal" power connections and without the use of a generator, even with demanding design requirements and "on location".”
A pre-selection committee of experts from the Association of Technical Companies for Film & Television (vtff), the Federal Association of Green Film & TV Consultants Germany (GCD) and Green Film Shooting has thoroughly examined the 31 submissions received and selected six productions.
From these six nominated productions, the competition jury selected the final winner of the Eisvogel 21/22.
The nominated productions are briefly presented below.
SaFahri – eine Reise zu den Elementen
This five-part documentary series was produced by Bon Voyage Films for Sky Deutschland between late 2020 and mid 2021. The shooting took place at a large number of locations, some of them in quite remote natural areas.
“The film direction and camera team considered in advance during the pre-production phase how to travel and shoot with the most energy-efficient technology and lightweight luggage possible. We didn't want to set up any elaborate technology in forests, moors and landscape conservation areas, which would have threatened the very things we wanted to film there.” Letizia Lange, Producer
“From the North Sea to the Bavarian Forest and from the North German Moor to the Swiss Alps: even the journeys to the filming locations were as consequently environmentally friendly as possible. Fahri Yardim alone travelled over 5500 kilometres by train.” Christian Asanger, VP Entertainment Sky
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Die stillen Trabanten
This cinema film was produced in mid-2021 by Sommerhaus Filmproduktion GmbH. The movie is an adaptation of the short story collection of the same name by Clemens Meyer, directed by Thomas Stuber. Its premiere is planned by Warner Bros for the year 2022.
“This production, which has been realised according to sustainability standards, has shown that whenever production and crew give themselves the necessary time to develop innovative ideas, they often lead to an environmentally valuable goal without sacrificing creativity." Robert Hertel, Green Consultant
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Die Luft, die wir atmen
This in-house television production by Hessischer Rundfunk (HR) was produced between March 2020 and March 2021 according to the requirements of the “100 Green Productions” of the Green Shooting Working Group. It was one of the first finished films of the project.
The HR gained important experience in sustainable production through this pilot project on green shooting. Many creative solutions developed through the motivation of those involved, such as the pragmatic use of a local farmer's rainwater storage tank for the production of artificial snow. New, innovative techniques were also tested. The realization of the first green production of the HR was also the impetus for the establishment of a sustainability network that carries the “green spirit” further into the corporation and motivates the employees to commit to more sustainability in all areas.
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The documentary “Les Incorrectes” (“The Unsuitables“), directed by Anne-Cécile Genre, brings the spotlight back on Alice Milliat and the beginnings of women's sport. Going back and forth between the past and the present, this documentary shows her extraordinary destiny and how today's improvements in gender equality can actually trace their roots back 100 years ago, to Milliat‘s fight for women to practice sport and compete in the Olympic Games.
“Les Incorrectes” was produced with the financial support of the Alice Milliat Foundation, the National Sports Agency (ANS) and is backed by the Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français (CNOSF). Since the beginning, eco-responsibility has been a strong commitment for Lucien TV and reducing environmental impact was a major concern from the planning stage.
"Environmental improvements are a process we strive to implement in every film we produce. In this way, we try to reduce the negative impact of our operations while maintaining a high level of quality. This process requires a high level of commitment and in particular more preparatory work in the early stages of production, but it is very satisfying." Julien Tricard, Producer and Founder of Media Club Green.
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The film Tempête by Christian Duguay is based on the novel “Tempête au haras” by Chris Donner. The fictional feature film was produced in spring 2021 by Nolita Cinema on a total of 11 locations in France. The production was consciously planned and carried out according to ecological and social sustainability aspects.
"Faced with the socio-climatic challenges and aware of the need for change, Nolita has integrated the idea that a clear commitment to sustainable film production is a great chance to create new opportunities for film industry. Nolita believes that a sustainable and responsible transformation is essential to the sustainability of our business.” Valentine Gaffinel, Production Coordinator
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In addition to the nominated productions, two newcomer productions were selected by the experts of the pre-selection committee, which have systematically analysed the environmental impacts of their productions and found creative solutions to reduce them in an outstanding way within a very limited budget.
These newcomer productions will be honoured separately at the EISVOGEL 21/22 award ceremony “out of competition”.
These two newcomer productions are presented briefly below.
Metanoia is a low-budget production by newcomer filmmakers from Berlin which was produced independently of film academies and funded by the RISE project of the media education organisation JFF.
Producer Thea Herrmann and director Alina Podschun have made an explicit commitment to a green production approach and signed corresponding industry agreements. This clear commitment motivated the entire crew to support and implement environmentally related measures.
“We are very pleased that our team has been so ambitious and involved in implementing the numerous measures in the respective departments. We are especially happy about the enthusiastic feedback on vegan catering." Thea Herrmann, Producer
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The short film "Alles Perfekt", a low-budget production shot in mid-2020, is a student production with which Fabian Gataavizadeh successfully completed his directing studies at the Ruhrakademie in Schwerte. As part of the production, there was proactive preparation and planning of the shoot in terms of green practices.
“By informing the whole team about the green production methods at an early stage, we were able to work more sustainably in all areas. Without the work in the preparation phase, this would not have been possible on set.” Fabian Gataavizadeh, Producer
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The award ceremony for the 2021/22 competition period took place on June 20, 2022 in the presence of the Federal Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection, Steffi Lemke (BMUV), and the State Minister for Culture and Media, Claudia Roth (BKM).
Below are some picture impressions of the ceremonial act in the courtyard of the Federal Ministry for the Environment in Berlin. The recording of the livestream of the event is available here.
Welcoming words and introduction to the Eisvogel award
Federal Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection, Steffi Lemke (BMUV), welcomes the guests and emphasizes the urgency of sustainable action.
Presentation of the nominated Productions
The "newcomers", that participated "out of competition" in this competition period, are acknowledged first: The moderator Nina Eichinger and the speaker of the competition jury Michael Beier (Heinz Sielmann Foundation) present the newcomer productions "Metanoia" (represented by Alina Podschun and Thea Herrmann) and "Alles Perfekt" (represented by Fabian Gataavizadeh and Josina Roesmann) with their certificates of recognition.
Awarding of the Eisvogel 21/22
Federal Minister for the Environment and Consumer Protection, Steffi Lemke (BMUV), reads out the competition jury's justification for awarding the Eisvogel 2021/22 to the production "Tatort - Gier und Angst" by una TADO GmbH.
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