Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (PIF) is Canada’s premier environmental film festival. Now in its 17th year, the festival has evolved to include year-round programming including a monthly screening series and national and international tour stops. The annual festival takes place every October in Toronto and features films with an environmental theme, an industry series and a school program.
The films we present are provocative, challenging and are of the highest artistic caliber. Each year at the Festival, Planet in Focus screens over 75 of the finest Canadian and International films. Whether drama, documentary, experimental or animation, we select films that will entertain, educate and inspire our audience. A key component of the festival is an Industry Day that helps to inform and assist filmmakers through panels, workshops and meetings with distributors, funders and broadcasters. A key highlight of the Industry Series is the Green Pitch Competition that provides funding to a filmmaker for development of their project. Annual awards include 5 Best of Awards, the Green Screen Award that goes to a environmentally conscious film production and both an International and Canadian Eco Hero award that recognize contributions to environmental concerns and environmental film.
Each year, Planet in Focus accepts film submissions for the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival from January to May. Film and video submissions include stories and explorations of urban and rural spaces, wildlife, social, cultural and political environments, Aboriginal perspectives, health and the environment, climate change, human displacement, war, globalization, water, farming, forests, food security and more. We screen documentaries, fiction, experimental and animation short and feature-length films.
Submissions for the 17th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival are NOW OPEN!