Sustainable Film Making Guidelines


British actress, and Barnes Film Festival ambassador, Lauren McCrostie, has recommended our young filmmakers take an environmentally sustainable approach to front of stage and behind the scenes in their film production. The following are tips she has learnt on her time on film sets, and we ask that our young filmmakers who submit to our Youth Film Competition implement these resource-saving tips on their own productions.


Use low energy bulbs (ask your supplier for help) and low energy bulbs for practicals at your location

Run minimal lighting checks

Employ natural light wherever possible

Try to avoid using any polystyrene – it’s not recyclable and ends up in landfill

Return any croc clips or large gel offcuts to the lighting company so that they can be reused


Using pre-existing costume and makeup (from cast/crew) before purchase of new

Sourcing clothing from second-hand shops or renting pieces

Donating or re-homing goods which will not be used by cast/crew post-filming


Using pre-existing scenery and furniture (from cast/crew) before considering purchasing new props

Purchasing second-hand pieces or borrow!

Using Scenery Salvage and other set design exchanges to eliminate contribution to land-fill


Encouraging the normalisation of sustainable behaviour as incidentally on screen in a ‘non-preachy’ manner

Using ethical/environmentally friendly products in background of scenes etc


Banning single use unrecylable disposables (using ‘vegware’ if needed) and encouraging crew/cast to bring their own containers, cups and cutlery.

Using conscious catering suppliers, or bring a packed lunch!


Take public transport wherever possible




Reduce the amount of scripts given out

Callsheets and schedules on iPad/phone – one tip is to have 1 large copy of each and display on set on a noticeboard