Principles of sustainability are embedded in all areas of the film school - on campus and in administration, in teaching and project work.

Moving Green.

Our sustainability concept

We want to make our contribution to sustainable development and create the best possible conditions for this at ifs.

This process is to be understood as a continuous development in the sense of a "learning organization". In the Sustainability Working Group , team members and students constantly evaluate our existing measures and develop and implement new ideas for a greener ifs.

... and Action!

Campus and operations

Building and energy management

We purchase certified green electricity from 100% renewable energy sources. In addition, we encourage working companies within building management to observe sustainability criteria.

Office management

Within internal administrative processes, copies and printouts are avoided as far as possible. And if something does have to be printed out, care is taken to ensure that it is usually printed on both sides, in toner-saving mode and/or on scratch paper.

Supply of water and coffee

Six water columns were installed in various parts of the building and connected to the tap water network, distributed over the areas in the Schanzenstrasse 28 and 32 buildings. These cool the tap water, filter it, and optionally enrich it with carbon dioxide. Plastic and paper cups were eliminated. Students were encouraged to bring their own water containers.
Coffee for the company coffee machine comes from Adivasi, a development project from southern India that grows sustainable coffee on fair terms for farmers.

Sustainable procurement

We use recycled paper in all areas, which saves at least 60% in energy and water during production compared to conventional paper. When purchasing new IT equipment and printers, we pay attention to energy efficiency and low emissions. The same applies to new purchases for our technology pool (recording equipment, lighting and accessories for film production) and for workstations in post-production.

Sustainable mobility

We encourage our team, our professors, and external lecturers to avoid unnecessary travel and to use low-emission means of transport such as trains and public transport. We offer employees an attractive bicycle leasing model in the form of the "job bycicle". A cargo e-bike was purchased for smaller transports - especially for the Production Design and Production departments.

Teaching and project work


The concept of sustainable development is anchored in teaching as a cross-sectional task. This means that students acquire not only factual knowledge, but also design skills in order to comprehensively consider complex problems, to apply knowledge about sustainable developments, and thus to be able to participate in the sustainable development of society. In doing so, students are prepared and enabled to recognize, analyze, and evaluate social, economic, and ecological challenges of the present and the future in inter- and transdisciplinary contexts.

Topics such as Green Storytelling  and Green Producing are part of the curricula of all study programs.

Project work

In order to produce in the most climate-friendly way possible, we act according to the VeRA principle. This means: avoid, reduce, offset - and in that order, both in the chronology of production and in the priority of the steps. Detailed information on this can be found in our Green Production Guide (download below).

Guide for climate-friendly film production

Green Producing at ifs

Principles of sustainability are anchored in all areas of the Film School - including project work and film production. In order to produce films that are as climate-friendly as possible, we act according to the principle of "avoid, reduce, compensate".

For more information, see the Green Producing Guide


Selected initiatives and projects on the topic of sustainability

Our Sustainability Officers