FILMING FOR CHANGE

PRODUCING FILMS FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

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2022

SOCIAL IMPACT

Contributing to social change through filmmaking?

We are cineMars, an award-winning European film production company based in Cologne with the vision to create appealing visual content that lays the base for discussion and invites to rethink and reflect.

Filming for change is the overarching mantra that lays the foundation for all our projects – may they be of documentary, fictional or commercial nature. Our goal is to contribute to long-lasting positive change – both through our films and creativity.

We focus on themes which are highly relevant to society such as integration, diversity, education or sustainability.

GREEN PRODUCTION

At cineMars, sustainability isn’t a mere buzzword but a matter of the heart – which is why we constantly evaluate and re-evaluate our own social and ecological footprint, make sustainability a core pillar of our work, hoping to be role models for others. We are also qualified to provide consultancy services and aid other productions and companies as Green Consultant. That means we support our clients towards becoming a greener production by working on a suitable strategy that includes compliance with ecological standards and making changes to the status quo.
  • Prioritising the economics of filming: This allows us to cut carbon emissions and use for example cargo bikes rather than cars.
  • CO2-compensation of all air travel via atmosfair
  • Tech-sharing with collegues and industry partners
  • Solely using LED-technology in our light equipment
    Supporting local and sustainable businesses when purchasing material
  • Vegetarian catering on set
  • Production of own eco-electricity
  • “no stand by” rule – devices are turned off when not in use
  • Recycling and reduction of paper and other waste by purchasing “zero waste” and in sustainable office supply stores
  • Bikes for employees
  • Tap water instead of bottled water

WHAT WE DO

AWARDS & SUPPORTERS

Our research trip was a complete success! One week, 4 countries, 5 cities, 8 locations and many inspiring people with exciting projects. …
As part of the global climate strike in September 2021, there were several demonstrations going on in Cologne. We’ve captured some impressions of the people who gave all their energy into this important topic. …
Highlight of the Masterschool: We get the chance to present our documentary series project” to an international audience of experts at the Leipzig Networking Days! …
We are thrilled to be selected fellows by the Impact Factory, which offers scholarships for social and sustainable start-ups. …
The first part of our documentary series “Only Human” has won several international festival awards – among others at LAFA in Los Angeles and at the Oniros Film Awards in New York. …
More and more projects also mean more and more organisational work in the cineOffice! That’s why Stephi is now supporting us in the accounting department. …

FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY

Once a month, we’ll update you on what’s happening in the cineMars universe.
Follow us along on our quest of filming for change. Expect entertaining sneak peeks into our projects, film and event tips and – of course – thought-provoking content!

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Social issues at the core of our work

Impact Producing: Designing individual impact campaigns and strategies to effect change by reaching the right audience and pushing the film topics into society


For example: Campaigning for more tolerance and equality in our project Only Human

  • Our project documentations helped to empower individuals to participate in projects focussed on inclusion and social integration as well as helping securing funding for associations such as music4everybody.
  • Social and political involvement as a company and as individuals, e.g. with m4e, Volt or BVGCG
  • Children and youth work within art projects, workshops or festivals

Long-term Partnerships with educational facilities, NGOs and Impact Start-ups who all pledge to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.

Financial responsibility and giving back

  • We donate our services to help making social projects and their causes more visible.
  • We support crowd-funding campaigns of promising film and art projects.
  • We support the creative and cultural industry with a special focus on young talents by contributing to the Verein zur Förderung der Webvideokultur e.V (Association for the promotion of Webvideo culture)

The human component

  • We provide fair, flexible and human working conditions at cineMars
  • Home office options
    Workplace health promotion & team events
  • Respect and trust are key to our work environment on set which serves as a safe space in which sensitive topics and questions can be addressed and discussed.