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26th International Bremen Film Conference, May 18 – 21, 2022

Green Cinema: Film and Ecology

26th International Bremen Film Conference May 18.-21. 2022

This year’s conference explores the relationship between nature and film. The focus will be on recent and historical perspectives that examine film and cinema through an ecological lens. As early as the silent film era, depictions of landscapes and the cycles of nature were central to dramatic film narratives. Auteur films depict urban landscapes and develop ideas about living in and with nature. Nature documentaries and disaster films model natural beauty and destruction in equal measure. Today, even successful Hollywood musicals can be asked about their ecological footprint: on the one hand, they are part of the Californian film industry, which is known for its high environmental impact; on the other, they appear to be sustainable products because they are shown again and again in cinemas and on a wide variety of screens.

Green Cinema also considers sustainability in cinema culture and the film industry. How cinemas are designed and run as cultural venues affects their ecological footprint. The German Federal Film Board (FFA) has published a Green Cinema Guidebook. Ecological film productions are also explicitly promoted and subsidised. Green Cinema brings into focus the connections between aesthetics, the material world and ecological cycles.

Engaging with Green Cinema allows to experience nature and the environment, reveals past and present perspectives on nature, and enables a new, ecological orientation of film culture reconceived as natureculture. The conference invites international researchers, cinema professionals and audiences to explore the many facets of Green Cinema together.

Winfried Pauleit and Sabine Nessel

University of Bremen in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin and CITY 46 / Kommunalkino Bremen e.V.

Please find the full programme in this pdf.

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