12 23 oct '21

Sustainability

Film Fest Ghent organises a ten-day festival and is aware of its ecological and social impact. We show around 150 films during more than 400 screenings, we invite film talent from all over the world to Ghent and we bring a lot of people to the festival. The organisation of the festival thus inevitably generates CO2 emissions. Today, we are already making efforts to keep our ecological footprint as low as possible and our social impact as high as possible, and we are striving for more. We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a reference point. Do you strive for sustainability together with us?

How do we contribute?

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  • We want to be an accessible festival for everyone, also for those who are struggling financially. Film Fest Ghent uses differentiated ticket prices and cooperates with initiatives such as UiTPAS and Enchanté.

  • We donate material that is in good condition to recycling initiatives (T-shirts, tote bags, festival shoes...)

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  • We always offer vegetarian alternatives for festival staff and guests. We ask the caterer to provide an offer of 50% vegetarian food for the public reception. For team catering there are vegetarian options available daily, and every other day the menu is fully vegetarian.

  • We opt for local catering.

  • Catering is always tailored to the number of attendees estimated in advance as accurately as possible.

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  • We encourage employees and festival visitors to come to the office or festival sites by foot, by public transport or by bike. The festival rents bicycles for employees in the run-up to the festival.

  • The festival has a partnership with public transport company De Lijn.

  • The festival invests in ergonomic desks and chairs for its employees.

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  • To make the youngest film lovers media-savvy, each year we include a selection of films in the Kidsproof section, with a Family Day as the cherry on the cake.

  • Film Fest Ghent offers a growing educational offer for schools.

  • For students and film (music) professionals there are the annual Industry Days, with talks, masterclasses, panel discussions and space for meeting each other.

  • The Teacher Day is a day for all teachers who want to offer all our young people - including our future filmmakers - a helping hand.

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  • Film Fest Ghent strives for gender equality within its team.

  • Film Fest Ghent pays attention to gender balance when selecting filmmakers and jury members.

  • For over a decade, there has been a specific focus on programming LGBTQ films. In 2020, the theme of the sector day was Diversity.

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Film Fest Ghent encourages its employees to drink tap water. Empty glass bottles are at the disposal of all staff.

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  • For our energy supply, we rely on Belgian green energy.
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  • Each year Film Fest Ghent welcomes numerous interns who gain their first work experience at the festival.

  • We invest in a collaboration with schools for workplace learning during the festival (the courses ‘Societal safety’ and ‘Reception and recreation’)

  • Film Fest Ghent provides clear statutes and growth opportunities for its numerous temporary employees.

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  • For its festival infrastructure, Film Fest Ghent relies on the infrastructure of other cultural partners in the city (Voo?uit, Kask, Sphinx Cinema, Studio Skoop, Miry Concertzaal).

  • Outside the festival period, Film Fest Ghent opens its office to film crews who are temporarily looking for a place to work.

  • The festival invests in new data structures to work in an increasingly digital way.

  • For the transportation of film copies, we have switched from physical copies and print traffic to virtual distribution.

  • We set up VIP parking within walking distance so that shuttles are not necessary.

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  • Film Fest Ghent programmes films from all over the world.

  • In 2020 we organised the Day of the Diverse Film Profession, about gender and cultural diversity - or the lack thereof - in the film world.

  • For more than ten years, the festival has facilitated performances for the blind and visually impaired.

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  • The festival collaborates with ambassadors from the city network of Ghent via the trade network Puur Gent.

  • Throughout the year, Film Fest Ghent communicates what is happening in the (Flemish) film landscape and connects a community of film lovers.

  • The festival is of great importance for the international community of film music composers.

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  • Film Fest Ghent collaborates with local catering companies that work with local products.

  • The cars that Film Fest Ghent has available during the festival are partly produced in Ghent (Volvo).

  • The red carpet and VIP village are collected and recycled after the festival.

  • The programme brochures are only sent to those who want to receive them in print. The digital versions of the brochures are distributed via ISSUU and are actively promoted.

  • We avoid disposable glasses, cups or cutlery. The drivers at the guest service use reusable cups as well.

  • We make purchases in a sustainable manner (bundling of purchases, short supply chain...)

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  • Our programme brochures and promotional materials are distributed in the city in a climate-friendly manner using a cargo bike.

  • We are very conscious about print: for several years we have been working with e-tickets and since 2020 we also issue digital VIP and protocol tickets. We no longer print ticket holders or parking tickets.

  • We strive for a digital campaign and promotion via digital screens.

  • If possible, we opt for neutral branding in our signature style, so that we can use promotional material for several years (flags, photo wall...).

  • For all printing (paper, textile...) we verify whether the printing service prints sustainably and whether their products have an eco label.

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  • We are investigating if it would be possible to use red carpets made from recycled ocean waste.
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  • We attempt to reduce paper usage (digital paychecks for example) where possible and ask our partners to send invoices digitally.

  • At the office and on festival locations we strongly encourage waste separation.

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  • As a team, we are very accessible and available to the film community and industry.
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  • We rely on intermediaries to reach an audience as broad and diverse as possible (trade organisation PuurGent, community workers, youth workers, poverty organisations...).

What can you do?

  • Buy your tickets digitally.

  • Come to the festival by public transport, by foot or by bike.

  • Discover our programme digitally and only bring the brochures you need.

  • Don’t leave any waste on our festival sites.


Organising an increasingly sustainable festival is a long-term task at Film Fest Ghent. In 2021 we will organise a Day of the Sustainable Film Profession, whilst sustainability is also a central theme on our agenda internally. Moreover, the festival is a member of Greentrack, a Ghent-based initiative that aims to reduce the ecological footprint of the culture sector.

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