OF THE ARRAS FILM FESTIVAL
In recent years, we've introduced new measures to limit the impact of our event on the environment, by adopting an eco-responsible attitude.
Since 2021, we've been working with a caterer for the Festival's Village who offers two dishes a day, including a vegetarian and a vegan alternative. His cuisine is designed and prepared using local produce (meat from the region, vegetables from neighbouring farms, bread and cheese from Arras). For service, he uses biodegradable sets (plates, cutlery).
Since 2022, we have switched to 100% LED lighting in the Festival Village. We use organic cleaning products from the brand H2O At home to reduce the amount of water needed for cleaning and to maintain our furniture for as long as possible.
Raising awareness of the need to buy tickets and subscriptions online, in order to reduce the printing of "physical" tickets: in 2022, 46% of tickets were sold online. / The festival team is using shared and collaborative online documents. / The printing of communication tools has been reduced, based on actual needs from one year to the next. The idea is to encourage the public to make greater use of dematerialised means of information. / Reducing paper printing in favour of digital media (sending press kits, invitations, etc. by email) / When necessary, printing on both sides and on paper that meets the requirements of the European ecolabel.
We use hybrid or electric vehicles provided by our official partner. Given the configuration of the town of Arras, we systematically suggest that our guests walk from the festival site to their hotel. As the only way for European guests to arrive in France is by plane, we try as far as possible to ensure that their flight coincides with a train to Arras, or to combine several arrivals so that only one vehicle is sent to the airport. The same applies to departures. We also give preference to local partners for the rental of technical equipment and the installation of the Festival's Village in order to reduce travel and carbon emissions.
We create ecocups for the public. The remaining cups are stored and reused the following year. Since 2022, we have made available water fountains for the team and carafes for guests (in order to eliminate the use of plastic bottles). We provide recycling bins at each festival venue, with clear labelling to raise public awareness. When the Festival's Village is dismantled, the technical teams take any materials that cannot be reused to the waste collection centre.
From 2023 onwards, in order to improve the eco-responsibility of the festival team, we will be working together to draw up our own charter. Posters will be put up around the festival to raise awareness among the public and our team. We have also signed the Green Charter for Film Festivals, which should enable us to take a closer look at the situation and identify areas of improvement. New eco-responsible initiatives will be introduced from 2024 onwards, including the recycling of cigarette butts in front of the screening venues and the Festival Village. In order to continue our efforts, we are also open to any suggestions for improvement.