A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Antonio Saillant

The world is bursting with artistic influences waiting for a green vehicle; waiting with creative vision for a moment of recognition. My goal is to bring a new “Green Light” to filmmaking.
Past heroes such as The Duke, Lone Ranger and Superman were extraordinary people which gave us great expectations to dream big and aspire towards the betterment of the nation. Not only did we enjoy our Hollywood heroes, we admired them and were inspired by them.

My mission is to bring back Old Hollywood. Instead of remaking classics…. why not make the classics of tomorrow. The next Star Wars, the next JAWS, the next King Kong, the next Star Trek, etc. Audiences want and need new and fresh films that bring them the power of imagination. Together, we can make great films and be green. These films do not necessarily have to be about the green movement as they would be diversified genres that we anticipate to be entertaining and shot beautifully.

With the help of future filmmakers, we can change the old techniques of filmmaking by creating films that are ecologically conscious without compromising the quality of the films we make. We are committed and dedicated to discovering filmmakers that will combine their talents and creative vision by “Thinking and Going Green”. Not only will this be environmentally and socially beneficial, we can make a tremendous impact in our economy.

Planet Greenfest has combined it’s knowledge of the energy business with the entertainment industry with the hope of contributing to a more sustainable world.

Learn, Listen, Feel, Responsibility, Understanding, Encourage, Follow and together we will change the world.

Welcome to Planet Greenfest.

We are preparing the next generation of green filmmakers and media to have an environmental responsibility, where all communities will be safe, healthy and where the earth’s bounty will be preserved for future generations. and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles by creating and developing films that are 100% green. Planet Greenfest will turn this event into a teaching tool.

Our sole mission is to bring together the best filmmakers in the world that will commit to demonstrating that the movie and television industries can be environmentally responsible, providing us with the tactics and strategies for greener productions. Their creativity and love of film with a added twist by using and thinking green.

By conserving energy in the television and movie industries, we are pushing ideas forward and producing environmentally sound results. The green initiative allows us to set a precedent to continue to produce high-quality productions with exacting standards, while minimizing our impact on the environment. Planet Greenfest is a unique way for filmmakers and its partnering sponsors to broaden our audience base by reaching interested members of the public, local policymakers, and build the momentum of a green movement in many communities.

In the case of, Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” about the nature of global warming was the catalyst. It caused a domino effect. Everybody wanted to get into the act. Energy conservation was the name of the game. Riding that wave, at the time I was an energy consultant to corporate giants companies for many years. I admit implementing conservation in the US was difficult because Americans are really not accustomed – in fact are really resistant– to being energy efficient- to just turning off that light.

The best example of the use of solar energy worldwide- is in Europe. Europeans are much more energy conscious, possibly because the costs for utilities are much higher than they are in the US. Spain and Germany have prompted the development of solar power with strong incentives called feed-in tariffs that require electric utilities to buy solar power at a high, fixed rate. But even in the USA, the message about global warming is finally getting through. Every company is trying to make money off the green concept. In addition to encouraging New York State to follow the “green path”, I maintain that going green should support new jobs in film and television.

Let’s aim high by partnering with simpatico film and television professionals to leverage the right resources and partners necessary to make use of sustainable practices. This experience made it clear to me that most Americans needed to learn how to save energy, and that the movie industry might just be the right vector.

Hollywood is now leading the way in teaching energy efficiency to the country. Environmental Friendly Celebrities who support green building, conservation and various aspects of sustainability and alternative energy. Being “green conscious” has become a deeply held cause embraced by many of Hollywood’s elite. A wide array of stars has made it an avocation to champion their favorite environmental and green causes. Many are advocates for every aspect of saving the environment while some lend their names and influence to specific areas.

While domestic environmental issues draw continued attention, many environmentalists are now placing international issues at the top of their list of priorities. Issues like global warming, population growth, deforestation, and the continued loss of many species of plants and animals have reached increasing prominence on the environmental agenda.

Stars like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio and most major Hollywood studios like Disney, Fox, Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros. are now following “the Green Path.” We asked, “How does a film company go green?” Well, it is the wave of the future- and it is cost effective. That’s an incentive; and it is also just good common sense.

With the support and help of Universities, filmmakers and future filmmakers, movie fans from around the world we hope to continue to promote green activities that will help preserve the natural environment of the Earth and maintain a sustainable society. We must all make the upmost effort to ensure a healthy environment for the next generation.

“MAKE IT SO”
The Catchphrase used by the Captain of the Enterprise of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jean-Luc Picard

Consequently; I am kindly inviting you to join with me in this remarkable global event. Your support and hospitality are invaluable to our success.

The inspiration in this Global event is to unite the members of the community, sponsors, and staff for sharing my vision. To the participating filmmakers who believe in presenting their vision with an eco-friendly way of filmmaking and making this event possible.

Thank you for being here, and together let’s reach the core of being green.

“We are like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. We are all unique, and have our own special place in the puzzle of the universe. Without each of us, the puzzle is incomplete.“

ANTONIO SAILLANT
Founder
Planet Greenfest

© 2014 by PLANET GREENFEST. All rights reserved.

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