Films for the Future
What is Films for the Future?
- Films for the Future will show for the first time a compelling vision of life lived within our planetary means.
- It is a competition for early career filmmakers and scriptwriters to create a human story of this sustainable future.
- It embraces the challenge of creating content powerful enough to cut through to popular culture, without relying on the drama of dystopian narratives.
Positive visions of a truly sustainable world are conspicuous by their absence. Creative focus has been on heroes dragging the remaining few through dystopian nightmares or soulless, high-tech and automated futures that viewers struggle to relate to. So, we are left to watch Blue Planet, sip our soya lattes through paper straws and hope something will save us from apocalyptic wastelands and robot takeovers. We need a film that uses humour and feel-good storylines to build on the latest thinking on future envisioning from the environmental sector; a story that takes a fresh, personable and no-nonsense approach to inspiring us all to strive for a very different future.
Global Action Plan will offer the guidance on what it will mean to live sustainably, we need new creative talent to tell this story in a way which gets everyone talking.
The competition will be launched in September 2019 inviting early career film students to submit a proposal showing how they plan to tell the human story of what it means to live sustainably.
A substantial development budget has been secured to turn the winning idea into a feature film. The winner of the competition will receive mentoring from our Creative Panel of film and TV industry experts, support to access further funding and pitch to broadcasters.
To promote the competition and educate early career film makers about sustainability, we are offering free half day workshops to 10 UK film schools and courses to encourage their students to apply. The workshops will focus on sustainability in filmmaking and will be on site at each location.
Our Expert Panel
Our Expert Panel
PROFESSOR TIM JACKSON (& CUSP TEAM), Director of the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey
PROFESSOR TIM KASSER, Author & Professor of Psychology, Knox university
VANESSA TIMMER, Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University, Executive Director of OneEarth
DR DENISE BADEN, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business & Founder of Green Stories
KEVIN MACDONALD, Director, Writer & Producer
SAM RICE-EDWARDS, Editor & Owner, The Assembly Room
JACQUES PERETTI, Investigative reporter, author and presenter
NARESH RAMCHANDANI, Do the Green Thing
ANDREW ROBINSON, Green Sparks
RICHARD WEBB, Film and TV Producer
GRAHAM SMITH, Grand Scheme Media
JEREMY MATHIEU, BBC Sustainability Advisor
JAMES WALLMAN, Author, Journalist, Activist and Keynote Speaker
SARAH WOODS, Playwright, Lecturer and Campaigner
KATE DALE, Head of Campaigns Sport England, responsible for This Girl Can campaign
VALERIE KELLER, Co-Founder and CEO of Imagine
LISE KINGO, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.
JEREMY OPPENHEIM, Founding Partner SYSTEMIQ and Chair of Global Action Plan
JEFF SEABRIGHT, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever
JARVIS SMITH, Publisher of MyGreenPod and TV personality
GUNHILD A STORDALEN, Founder and Executive Chair of EAT
HALLA TOMASDOTTIR, CEO The B Team
If you’d like to find out more about the programme, how to submit your ideas or find out if you’re eligible for our workshops, please get in touch: [email protected]