The competition


The Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production recognises projects that were guided by sustainability standards in their planning and execution and in addition have successfully reduced their environmental impact by implementing innovations.

The focus of this competition is on the implementation of innovations that are transferable to other productions.

This can involve both innovative ways of applying new technical solutions, for example in the area of studio or recording technology, as well as the implementation of innovative approaches and concepts in the area of organizational and logistical challenges of environmentally sound film productions.


Producers representing film productions of any genre and region of origin completed by November 2022 were eligible for participation during the 2022/23 competition period. Whether the production was made for cinema, television or other distribution methods did not affect its eligibility.

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

For the 2022/23 competition period, an additional competition category was established for up-and-coming productions that were created in the course of (final) projects as part of educational programs at (state or private) film schools or other institutions in Germany.

Application deadline

The application period for the 2022/2023 competition period ran from September 10, 2022 to 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.


Further details regarding the requirements for how these criteria are met and the evidence to be provided can be found in the application materials below.

Application materials

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

PDF versions of the submission forms will be made available here to support you in the application process at the beginning of June 2023.


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
  • As well as, in particular, the degree of novelty, effectiveness and transferability of the innovative approaches implemented to avoid and reduce environmental impacts in the individual areas of the particular film production

Prize money

The Eisvogel – Prize for Sustainable Film Production includes 20,000 euros in prize money in its main category and 5,000 euros in the up-and-coming category provided by the Heinz Sielmann Stiftung.

The prize money will be awarded to the winning productions selected by the jury.


The trophy for the Eisvogel Prize was designed by Berlin artist Martin Binder.

Eisvogel Preisverleihung 2023

copyright: © BMUV / Christoph Wehrer

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