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Future Of Film 2020 Summit Announces Exclusive Sustainability Partnership With Waterbear, The Interactive Streaming Platform

06 November 2020

Future Of Film 2020 Summit Announces Exclusive Sustainability Partnership With Waterbear, The First Interactive Streaming Platform Exclusively Dedicated To The Future Of Our Planet

FUTURE OF FILM, in partnership with WATERBEAR today announces Film’s Future is Sustainability: the summit’s dedicated session which will explore the steps filmmakers and productions can take to achieve a sustainable practice, what role new technologies could play and the importance of purposeful and diverse content for audiences.

Professor Lyndsay Duthie, CEO Production Guild of Great Britain, will guide a panel discussion between Sam Sutaria, Head of Strategy at WaterBear, Emelie O'Brien, CEO and Founder of Earth Angel and Melanie Dicks, CEO, Fingerprint Content and Co-founder, Greenshoot as they discuss how film itself can influence change in the world.

Sam Sutaria, Head of Strategy, WaterBear, said “I’m really excited to be part of the Future Of Film Summit, and to discuss the power of film to drive change, and the role WaterBear Network will play in moving us towards a greener industry.”

Emelie O'Brien, CEO and Founder of Earth Angel, said “With the future of our planet in peril, every single industry faces the challenge of rapid decarbonization. The entertainment industry is hugely visible and has the greatest cultural impact on our lives. Not only do we have a moral obligation to use that influence to accelerate society toward a sustainable future, but we must address our environmental impact if we want to sustain the industry itself. There is no film on a dead planet.”

Melanie Dicks, CEO, Fingerprint Content and Co-founder, Greenshoot, said “I’m delighted to be speaking on the panel ‘Film’s Future is Sustainability’, about how Fingerprint Content harness the power of film to champion stories about climate change and social issues, how this is a really effective way to mobilise movements and propel progress - and also how Greenshoot plan to build upon our first decade of pioneering sustainability initiatives across the creative industries.”

Professor Lyndsay Duthie, CEO Production Guild of Great Britain, said “I am proud to be moderating this important session ‘Film’s Future is Sustainability’ for the Future of Film Summit. As film and television production restarts after global lockdowns, it has given us all time to reflect on what we do and our approaches to production. Sustainability is a complex subject, but we need to be bold, lead the agenda and innovate in how we create film and television.”



With Future of Film’s most ambitious and extensive programme yet, the virtual edition will utilise multiple channels and initiatives to bring together the pioneers of film who define the future of the industry across three critical strands: Storytelling, Innovation and Reimagine. From keynote speeches to panels, debates, live Q&As and in-depth workshops and bespoke networking, the summit is dedicated to exploring the groundbreaking technologies, creative processes and commercial models that are revolutionising film in the new landscape.

Alex Stolz, Future of Film, Founder, said: "Sustainability is integral to any future for film so we are excited by this partnership with Waterbear - and the opportunity for our audience to learn and be inspired by these incredible speakers trailblazing new paths for sustainability in film and the world"

Previously announced speakers at the Future of Film summit include Jason Blum (Get Out, Halloween) founder of Blumhouse Productions, three-time Academy Award-nominated producer, Alex McDowell (Minority Report, Fight Club) the executive creative director of Experimental Design Studio and Tim League, founder and executive chairman of Alamo Drafthouse.

Future of Film is proud to be partnering with Hovercast, the premium virtual events company at the forefront of modern live events taking place in the digital world. With their unique user interface and interactive audience participation, Hovercast presents more than just a typical webinar. Hovercast’s previous partnerships include Facebook, Audi and Wieden+Kennedy.

TICKETS can be purchased via the official Future of Film.

COMP and DISCOUNTED tickets are available for anyone working in the creative industries that continue to impacted by COVID and are unable to afford a full price tickets at this time.

About Future of Film
Future of Film
is founded and led by senior film executive, strategist, and broadcaster Alex Stolz. The organisation encompasses the Future of Film Podcast, the annual Future of Film Report and the recent video series Rebels of Storytelling – with the mission of inspiring, informing and empowering filmmakers and forging film's future.

About Hovercast
helps campaigns, brands, and broadcasters create next level virtual events and interactive live streams.  Past clients include Bernie Sanders, Donald Glover, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, The Ohio Dems, Audi, Old Spice, and PC Gamer. Hovercast's interactive graphics empower viewers to participate, play, donate, compete, or even co-create the show. Connect with the community and boost engagement using brand-safe, lightning fast solutions for moderating, curating, and displaying live chat.  Design and control great looking graphics with ease and output to any live streaming platform. Hovercast's live tools give viewers agency and make them a meaningful part of the broadcast, not just spectators on the sidelines.

About WaterBear
WaterBear is a free interactive digital platform that allows viewers to watch world-class content, interact with hundreds of purpose-driven organisations, and take action instantly, giving everyone, wherever they are, the tools to support life on Earth.

To be kept updated and receive early access to the platform visit WaterBear.

About Fingerprint Content
Fingerprint Content is a new, independent production company based in the UK, with hubs in the US, India and France.  We founded Fingerprint Content with a clear and urgent mission: to spark change in the way we portray social issues on the screen. We empower the world's most exciting storytellers to bring their deeply-held passions to life; exploring inequality, race and gender, the power of big business, and, most particularly, climate change, where we encounter all these issues. By engaging audiences with the compelling stories of this disruptive time, we aim to inspire, organise and focus the conversation across film, TV and digital platforms.

About Greenshoot
Greenshoot has been mobilising the creative industries to act on environmental sustainability and climate change since 2009. We offer practical support to help demystify, assist and instruct in sustainability, carbon reduction and off setting, and our mission since inception has been to work towards a carbon neutral industry supporting the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below 2 degrees.


About Earth Angel
Earth Angel is the leading sustainable production service provider founded on the vision that entertainment should never be made at the expense of the environment. Their collective of production and sustainability experts provide the strategy, skilled labor, supplies and analytics to help the entertainment industry reduce its environmental impact. Since 2011, Earth Angel has helped films and series avoid 8,500 metric tons of greenhouse gases, divert over 4,800 tons of waste, and donate over 125,000 meals to the local communities. Their client roster includes The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spielberg's The Post, Emmy-winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Lin Manuel Miranda’s upcoming In the Heights. Earth Angel is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta.

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