The competition


The Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production recognises projects that were guided by sustainability standards in their planning and execution and that succeeded in significantly reducing their environmental impact through outstanding innovation.

This includes both technical innovations – for example, concerning the technology used in the studio – and organisational innovations related to production practices.


Producers representing film productions of any genre and region of origin completed by November 2022 are eligible for participation. Whether the production was made for cinema, television or other distribution methods does not affect its eligibility.

Advertising and promotional films are excluded from the competition, as are moderated light entertainment programmes such as talk, game, or quiz shows.

The establishment of an additional competition category for newcomer productions is currently still under consideration.

Application deadline

The application period for the 2022/2023 competition period will begin on September 1, 2022 and end on November 30, 2022.

Criteria for entry

Productions taking part in the competition must meet the following four criteria and demonstrate their compliance by means of the evidence listed.


Criterion 1

The producers have made a clear commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their film productions beyond the production submitted for consideration.


Criterion 2

The systematic consideration of environmental protection was an integral part of production planning and management for the production submitted.


Criterion 3

Environmentally friendly practices and techniques were established and/or implemented in the relevant production areas.


Criterion 4

The successful implementation of innovations led to the avoidance or reduction of environmental impact in one or more areas of the production. The innovative measures implemented can be transferred for use in other productions.


For the 2022/2023 competition period, further details including the evidence to be submitted will be announced here at the start of the application period.

Application materials

Applications for the competition can only be submitted digitally. A designated online form will be made available here during the application phase.


Assessment of the submissions will be carried out in a two-stage process:

  • Preliminary expert examination of the submitted documents followed by the nomination of eligible submissions
  • Selection of the winner by the competition jury

The following elements will be assessed during the preliminary examination of the submissions:

  • The strength of the applicants’ articulation of the comprehensive reduction of environmental impacts achieved by their production
  • The degree to which environmentally friendly measures were systematically embedded in the planning, management and evaluation of the production
  • The scope of the implementation of environmentally friendly measures across the various operational areas of the film production, as well as the verifiable documentation of their implementation
  • The novelty, effectiveness and transferability of the innovative approaches in avoiding and reducing environmental impacts in individual areas of the film production

Prize money

The Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production includes 20,000 euros in prize money provided by the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung. The money will be awarded to the winner of the competition.


Eisvogel c/o
Ökopol – Institut für Ökologie und Politik GmbH
Nernstweg 32-34, 22765 Hamburg

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Anna Falkenstein & Dirk Jepsen
+49 (0)40 39 10 02-0

Supported by

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Awarded by

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