Alpe Adria Cinema’s green policy aims at a series of resource-saving and climate-friendly measures.
Environmental sustainability is taken into consideration both during the course of the festival as well as during its preparation phase and in the course of several activities that the association carries out throughout the year, such as in the context of mobility, catering or waste reduction and careful use of resources.
Within our team we always try to keep sustainable strategies and methods in mind in our daily activities. In addition to ecological aspects, intensive personal contact with all festival partners, sponsors and funders is very important to us in order to ensure long-term cooperation as partners, thus specifically supporting sustainable attitudes.

In the months prior to the Trieste Film Festival and during its course, environmental and sustainability aspects are implemented through various practices.

Here is an overview of the main ecological and sustainability aspects of the entire process of organising and holding the festival.

Mobility – Travel, pick up and access to the festival for guests:
– We encourage the use of trains wherever possible and operate shared pick-up solutions to and from airports if air travel is the only viable option; once in Trieste, all festival venues are easily accessible on foot or by public transportation, and the partner hotels are all centrally located;
– in addition, it takes only a few minutes on foot or by bicycle to get to any festival venue, also thanks to the new municipal Bike Sharing service.
– mobility of staff and guests in the city is done on foot or by public transportation (schedules and fares are clearly indicated on the festival website);
– Transportation of goods and materials is critical to the organisation of the event. We do our best to arrange all transportation at once, to rely on alternative means of transportation, or to give a sensible CO2 offset when it comes to transporting film copies.

Catering – food, drinks
– We offer our guests products from the local supply chain and 0 km;
– We don’t use single-use plastic tableware, we make sure to produce as little waste as possible, and we are constantly recycling.
We rely on partners with organic, fair, local and seasonal offerings for our partnerships with sponsors, caterers and restaurants. Through precise planning, we try to estimate quantities and offerings as realistically as possible to avoid excess food and subsequent waste.
– reporting of the map of public water fountains also located near the halls and other official places of the festival;
– clearly and adequately signposted separate waste collection at the festival venues Resources

– Waste, advertising, upcycling and recycling
Green Merchandising made from upcycled materials: A strategic use is now made of festival displays. Decorative elements such as banners, advertising banners, and tarpaulins are reused and reprocessed by local partners to produce bags, clutches: one example out of all is the work that Social Lister Tailoring does that with our materials reproduces useful accessories.

Printing materials
– use of recycled or FSC-certified paper for promotional and printed materials, while still reducing print runs;
– reduction of printing materials with predilection and in some cases total use of digital materials;
– collaboration with local printers that ensure printing on certified paper

Use of environmentally conscious and certified accommodations.

Alpe Adria Cinema also promotes the following actions among its employees:
– recycling collection in the offices
– energy saving (it is mandatory to turn off all PCs when not in the office, as well as to use natural light where and as long as possible)
– reduction of printing of any documents, promotional materials
– offices are equipped with a stand to heat food and a refrigerator, so you can bring your lunch from home, which greatly reduces waste

Alpe Adria Cinema and the Trieste Film Festival also made a concrete contribution to the topic of environmental sustainability by organising two events:
1) Online panel, on the occasion of the 33rd Trieste Film Festival in January 2022, organised in collaboration with Creative Europe – Media Desk Italy, entitled ” The Greener the Better – towards sustainable cultural events and film festivals”, with the participation of the following speakers: Bruno Zambardino (Ministry of Culture), Lauriane Bertand (EU Commission – Media), Laura Zumiani (head of the Green working table for AFIC), Lia Furxhi (Cinemambiente Torino), Guillaume Calop (Les Arcs Film Festival – MIOB Network), Nevina Satta (Sardegna Film Commission)
The full panel, in English, is available at this link.

2) Panel held in presence, during the 35thTrieste Film Festival in January 2024, entitled “Let’s Go! 2025: European Capitals of Culture and Great Sustainable And Accessible Events” organised in collaboration with the Department of Culture of Friuli Venezia Giulia – Central Directorate for Culture and Sports – Cultural Activities Service and in which 5 European capitals of culture were called to tell about their experience and actions in the field of sustainability. The protagonists of the meeting: Esch-Sur-Alzette (Luxembourg), Veszprém – Balaton (Hungary), Timișoara (Romania), Eleusis (Greece) and GO! 2025 Nova Gorica – Gorizia: the interventions of these capitals were aimed at telling how they have engaged and are organising themselves in the management of cultural events in the field of sustainability and accessibility towards the most fragile categories.
The full panel is available at this link.

The Trieste Film Festival was also part of the working table on green topics organised by AFIC (Association of Italian Film Festivals), contributing to the drafting of the guidelines for sustainable festivals that later also became part of the Ministry of Culture’s call for promotion.
At this link you can read the guidelines drafted by AFIC and see videos and photos of the green training days organised in Rome during MIA, in which the Trieste Film Festival actively participated:

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