The Film University is committed to the principle of sustainability. Our common goal as a "learning organization" is to develop structures and processes in a manner that allows for the establishment a culture of sustainability in learning and teaching, research and transfer, and everyday life on campus. However, our understanding of sustainability does not only encompass the issues directly associated with the term – i.e. climate protection, eco-friendliness, and resource-efficient processes – but also socio-cultural aspects such as social and political participation, self-determination, and solidarity.
Our goal is to encourage students to sustainably acquire subject-specific, artistic, and scientific knowledge, skills, and perspectives and to enable them to tackle new challenges in a collaborative and interdisciplinary manner. In this context, we attach great importance to promoting their interest in new insights and experiences as well as critical (self-)reflection. In addition to providing students with subject-specific expertise, degree programs also aim at identifying, analyzing, and evaluating the ecological, social, cultural, economic, and political challenges of the present and future.
The Film University aims at making life on campus eco-friendly, resource-efficient, family-friendly, gender-equal, inclusive, health-friendly, and diverse. Our campus is characterized by harmonious, fair, and equitable interaction between university members, an orientation to the principle of global justice, and a future-oriented approach to the environment and natural resources.
In the film and television industry, green production offers an enormous potential for CO2 savings. For this reason, the Film University supports sustainable film production, e.g., as a member of the "Green Film Initiative". The initiative provides information on environmentally friendly film production and connects filmmakers who produce, or would like to produce, films in a more ecologically sustainable manner with climate scientists, experts involved in other initiatives, and activists in the different film crafts. Meanwhile, producers, film support initiatives, and media politics have discovered "green film production" and encourage filmmakers to voluntarily produce in a more sustainable manner. Major players in the German film industry have already set a good example, showing that producing films in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner is possible without increasing costs.
We owe it to our children to make our industry the greenest in the world. It's a huge challenge, but well within our grasp if we work towards it step by step.