Partnership with Open Planet to Create the World’s First Free-To-Use Arctic Marine Film Bank

September 21, 2023

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90 North Foundation is excited to announce it has become one of Open Planet’s partners to create the Arctic Marine Film Bank component for the first globally-accessible, free-to-use, environmental and social film archive.

The fast-growing library, launched in September 2023, features powerful footage and data-led visuals produced exclusively for Open Planet, as well as incredible cinematography contributed by world-leading filmmakers and producers, helping to build the most comprehensive free library of climate and nature footage in history.

Launched globally in 2024, Open Planet aims to revolutionise the way we can tell stories about our changing planet by enabling everyone, everywhere, access to high-quality, scientifically accurate footage – free-to-use for educational, environmental and impact storytelling. This unprecedented storytelling tool-kit will support change-makers, educators, content creators, organisations and decision-makers to tell stories that will drive the changes needed in the next decade.

Studio Silverback is making world-class environmental footage freely available to content creators all over the world. We have worked in collaboration with a global network of industry-leading experts, and in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, creators of interactive, data-driven stories about our planet using the EarthTime platform, to create Open Planet.

Colin Butfield, Executive Director of Studio Silverback and Director of Open Planet, said: “As filmmakers, we know stories can be powerful agents of change, and with the window for action rapidly closing to address the planetary emergency, there’s never been a greater need for compelling, authentic storytelling. Open Planet will not only present the causes and impacts of climate change and nature loss, but also the incredible ingenuity of those driving innovation to keep crucial sustainability targets within reach.”  

Studio Silverback, famed for its production of many of the world’s best-loved natural history documentary series for the likes of the BBC, Netflix, Discovery, and NatGeo, is behind the setting up of Open Planet (Community Interest Company No 14222687). See