Filmed this spring between Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, the supernatural thriller directed by Kari Vidø managed to cut its CO2 emission by around 45 per cent.
Produced by SF Studios’ Julie Rix Bomholt and Mia Elvstrøm Myrälf with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Cychosis - see earlier story: REinvent adds SF Studios YA supernatural thriller Cychosis to slate is the first ever Danish film tagged with the coveted Green Film certification.
The international tool developed by Italy’s Trentino Film Commission, is being used by several European film organisations, including in Denmark by the ‘Sustainable Film & TV Production Alliance’ (Bæredygtig Film og TV-produktion or BFTP https://www.bftp.dk/), to create a greener film and TV production environment.
SF Studios’ in-house sustainability manager Anne Ahn Lund, said she had used the Green Film system as a basis for earlier eco trainings, initiated last year by the Danish film industry via the BFTP alliance. It was therefore “only natural” for her to also test the certification process on Cychosis. She said producers Rix Bomholt and Elvstrøm Myrälf were clear green filming fans, and the shooting entirely in Greater Copenhagen were other positive factors that made Cychosis a perfect green film candidate.
Lund said the film’s passing of the Green Film certification was ultimately down to “good planning [from script stage], full support from the heads of department, and a clear distribution of responsibilities.”
Commenting on their experience of going green, Rix Bomholt and Elvstrøm Myrälf said: “It has been a really exciting process, but it also requires a lot of resources, both in terms of time and money, to constantly think differently and climate-friendly.” Both also underscored Lund ‘s key role in motivating the film crew.
The influential Danish rep at the Nordic Eco Media Alliance (NEMA) said her priorities since she joined SF Studios in March 2022, had been precisely to motivate producers and film crews alike, to convey knowledge and implement eco-friendly actions to change behaviours.
“The transformation within this year is obvious”, stated Lund, satisfied, underscoring that SF Studios’ strategy going forward is to change production practices across all its upcoming projects.
Cychosis is due to reach Danish audiences in February 2024 via SF Studios.
The film based on Birgitte Lorentzen’s book of the same name, is co-produced by Finland’s genre specialists Don Films, with support from the Danish Film Institute, the Finnish Film Foundation, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and TV2 Denmark. REinvent handles global sales.
The Danish film industry’s green practices and strategy were outlined during the Nordic Green Summit in Berlin last February, initiative by Nordisk Film & TV Fond (The Fund’s Nordic Green theme year kick-off: Nordic industry sets in motion Green Action Plan in Berlin)
To check the overview of Nordic green strategies presented during the Green Summit: CLICK HERE.