Sustainability Management - 2024

14th - 18th October 2024

What is it about?

This Sustainability Management course focuses on improving film and media business environments. It will provide you with the tools and techniques to run your business or large media project more sustainably. There is already excellent training for ecological movie and TV production; therefore, our multi-dimensional approach includes economical, ecological, cultural, and social perspectives.

Topics will include:

  • Economical – a fresh look at the power of money and corporate sustainability.

  • Ecological – what environment-friendly digital solutions, media production, data storage and streaming look like.

  • Cultural – diverse teams and how to enhance creativity and innovation in your work environment.

  • Social – strategies for team participation, maintaining personal well-being and the creation of safe spaces at work.

Who’s it for?

This intensive practical course takes place over 5 days onsite and has places for up to 20 participants. (TBC)

It is targeted at Film and TV professionals, who want to learn more about how to run a business and/or large projects in a sustainable way, and at individuals who look at fulfilling the role of a green or sustainable coordinator or monitor within their company or project. The ideal candidate will have attended a carbon literacy course or session. For those not yet inducted we will provide ample pointers on where to obtain a carbon literacy introduction and a short digital recap before the beginning of the course.

Participants should have a project, challenge or sustainability goal(s) in mind to which they can apply the course learnings.

The Institute is aiming for gender parity, so strongly encourages female teams. We are keen to promote equality across all its training programmes with a focus on inclusivity across gender, abilities, ethnicity and socio-economic status.

Course outline

This course will cover the key areas of sustainability in a business or project context. The following topics will be covered:

  • Beyond Green Producing: Business operations and project management

  • Social Sustainability (participation, workplace/station set-up)

  • New approach to work organisation

  • Management and communication techniques: recruitment, inclusivity and mental well-being awareness

  • Travel, data storage and other suppliers

  • Labels & certificates

  • Case studies and networking

All participants will be asked to share key sustainability policies in their countries (a 10-minute presentation) in order to better inform others and share best practices.

Course hub link: iSpring Course Hub

Course Leaders


To be announced soon!

Previous speakers from the past include:

  • Anastasia Laukkanen – Turkey – Living Lab
  • Birgit Heidsiek – Germany –
  • Prof. Boris Michalski – Germany – Sustainable Media Institute (SUMI)
  • Mag. Phil. Daniel Sanin – Austria – Austrian Filmmakers Association #we_do
  • Donald Houwer – Germany – Edison Filmgesellschaft
  • Francesca Scott – Switzerland – European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  • Univ.Prof. Dr. Guenter Emberger – Austria – Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
  • Katrin Richthofer – Germany – Element A
  • Prof. Larry Engel – USA – American University in Washington
  • Dr. Meike Lauggas – Austria – Austrian Filmmakers Association #we_do
  • Markus Mooslechner – Austria – Terra Mater Studios
  • Maxime Efoui-Hess – France – The Shift Project
  • Nicola Knoch – Germany – Freelancer
  • Tim Wagendorp – Belgium – VAF – Flanders Audiovisual Fund + EFAD – European Film Agencies

Venue / Location

Impact Hub Vienna
Lindengasse 56

Course Fee

Fee €950.00 (excluding VAT)

EARLY BIRD rate of €850.00 (excluding VAT) until 14th July, 2024

This fee covers, daily lunch and coffee breaks and networking dinners. Fees do not cover travel or accommodation; these would be additional and at the expense of the participants. A list of recommended hotels and guesthouses will be shared with successful participants within walking distance of our venue.

If you have any questions about this course, content or fees, please email

Booking terms and conditions for participants

If you are unable to attend the International Screen Institute course due to (certified) health reasons (e.g. Covid infection), please contact our office. We will consider alternative possibilities for your participation and if no option is suitable, we will allow you to use the payment you have made against the next edition of the course. If you are unable to attend the International Screen Institute course due to any other reasons, please contact our office as soon as you become aware of your impossibility to attend. Depending on the time of your notice, and on the costs we have incurred in connection with your booking, we may not be able to refund part or all of your participation fee. Your case will be dealt with on an individual basis. We reserve the right to cancel or postpone a course if circumstances require it. In this case, your participation fee will be transferred to the rescheduled dates. If you are unable to attend rescheduled courses, you will be entitled to a full refund. If you have any questions about the programme, the application form or financial support needed to attend this course, please email


Thanks to Creative Europe Funding, ISI has partial scholarship support available for participants who wish to attend this course from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

If you are not from a Low Capacity Country and can give us a good reason that you are in need of financial assistance and your national screen agency does not fund training in principle, please contact us before submitting your application to discuss whether you can apply for financial support. We have very limited funds available for a limited number of participants in genuine need.

For working parents who have childcare responsibilities, we have a childcare bursary available and a bursary for participants who need extra assistance due to disability or impairment available.

Financial Support

We actively encourage participants to research and apply for financial support with your national/regional funding bodies first who may have bursaries and grants to cover training and professional development.

Please ask the MEDIA Desk in your country if there are any funding opportunities available. Kindly inform us if you apply to a national or regional fund.

We are currently reviewing all the national funds available in Europe. Below are a few examples:

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe. Neitherthe European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.