Sustainability Plan ESFF 2023:

Our aim is for ESFF to be ISO 20121 compliant and to adhere to Environmental Agency and local government regulations. 

We aim to make ESFF as sustainable as possible for the local community, the team and attendees.

Guest travel:

  • Offset emissions for guests travel.
  • Use of electric taxis.
  • All volunteers’ bus/tram fares will be covered.
  • The team will continue to travel to the other venues (Glasgow) by train and use public transport.

Education and information:

  • Newsletters and briefing of the team, sponsors, suppliers and other festival participants about sustainability aims and policy.
  • The staff will be trained on our sustainability policies through an online presentation about the sustainability aims and regulations of this year’s festival, with a question-and-answer session about the applicable nature of these regulations. A link to this presentation will then be sent out to all staff so they can have the information to hand in case of any doubt.

    > This presentation will be divided into sections:
    Events and screenings; food and catering; public transport; recycling.

Venue and accessibility:

  • All venues are accessible by public transport – you can find these instructions on the further on in this document.
  • Promoting routes that minimize disruption of local community.
  • Promoting the use of car-share on our platforms:
  • Almost all the parking venues have parking fees (the details relating to each venue is relayed further on in this document *Please firstly consider using public transport or car sharing. *
  • Provide an online alternative of events.


  • Become paperless:

o   Develop online presence of marketing, ticketing, registration, agenda and other information, as well as an online feedback survey.

o   Create an app – information and administrative purposes.

o   Leaflets and information packs given out only on request, and to be returned and reused.

  • Make sure gifts are intelligent – useful, reusable, made from sustainable materials and are recyclable.
  • Recycling:

o   Ensure presence of clearly labelled recycling, compost and general waste bins at venue.

o   Recycle paper leaflets, tickets, rubbish etc.

o   Post-festival work with the community by using platforms like e-Bay, Gumtree, Meadowshare to recycle items that are not needed (can be obtained that way too).

o   Adhere to local Edinburgh Council waste and recycling regulations

o   Ensure any and all uniforms are returned and re-used.

o Use 100% free-trade organic cotton for the t-shirts.


  • Make sure the products are locally sourced; Fairtrade and suppliers have environmental/sustainable purchasing policies.
  • Charge for reusable packaging, plates and cups, etc. (thus encouraging people to bring their own), with this charge being refunded upon return / avoid packaging, opt for reusable packaging and crockery e.g., Glass, plastic Tupperware.
  • Use fresh, seasonal produce.
  • Meal sign-up to minimize waste.
  • Leftover food to be donated 

Access to ESFF Venues:


Find out more about care sharing! 
(Edinburgh car share network:

How to get to the Filmhouse Edinburgh:

Address: 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ

By bus:

1, 2, 10, 11, 15, 16, 22, 24, 30, 34, 35

By train:

Closest train stations:

Edinburgh Haymarket – 0.7 miles

Edinburgh Waverley – 1.1 miles

For bicycles: 

Closest bicycle racks are on Festival Square and at the corner of Semple/Morrison Street.


Closest car parks are Castle Terrace (behind the Usher Hall, Traverse and Lyceum Theatre) and in Semple Street underneath Scottish Widows : 

Parking fees in place at this destination

How to get to the Glasgow Film Theatre:

Address: 12 Rose Street, Glasgow, G3 6RB

By Subway: 

Nearest subway is Cowcaddens. See subway information

By Bus: 

Local bus services stop close to the cinema. See bus information.

By Train: 

Queen Street – 0.6 miles 

Central Station – 0.7 miles

TransPennine Express offers a handy guide to visiting Glasgow by train, or visit: National Rail.

By Bike:

Bike racks are located across the street from GFT.


Closest public parking is the supervised 24-hour multi-storey car park in Cambridge Street. There is limited, metered, on-street parking opposite GFT. 

Parking fees in place at this destination

How to get to the MacRoberts Art Center:

Address: Queens Court University of Stirling Campus, Stirling FK9 4LA

On foot from the University Bus Hub to Macrobert:

There are signs directing you externally from the bus hub to Macrobert.

By bus from the University Bus Hub to Macrobert:

There are regular buses to and from Macrobert Arts Centre, stopping at the University Bus Hub – 54 / UL. (more information :

To the university from Stirling town (and train station):

The UL, 51 and 52 go from Stirling town to the university campus (Hillfoots road).

By train:

Regular train services run from Edinburgh and Glasgow and trains also stop in Stirling on Scotrail routes from Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth.  (more information:


Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm all visitors pay to park and it can be really busy so please allow extra time. 

It’s free to park on campus after 5pm and on the weekend. 

(More information about charges at : )

Food Sourcing and Donations:

  • Food donation organizations. Most places accept only non-opened, non-perishable items. We would have to take the food to local food banks. 
  • Sources of food:
  • Black hoof ( – all meats sourced from family-owned Jamon Iberico producers, who are from the 4 regions that are renowned for producing the best Jamon in the world; Extremadura, Guijuelo, Jabugo and Valle de los Pedroches.
  • Malvarosa ( – Elaborated from scratch our food enjoys the mixture of organic, Spanish and high-quality products locally sourced where possible to make sure that the real flavours of Spain are delivered at the highest standards