16th Planet in Focus (Toronto, CANADA)

Planet in Focus (PIF) Canada’s largest and longest running environmental film festival, is proud to announce a robust line-up of features and short films to be screened at the 16th Anniversary Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival taking place in Toronto from October 21 – 25, 2015.

Victoria Lean’s AFTER THE LAST RIVER is the Opening Night film and is a spectacular point of view documentary that connects personal stories from Attawapiskat to entwined mining industry agendas and government policies painting a complex portrait of a territory that is homeland to some and profitable new frontier to others. The film will have it’s Toronto Premiere at the Royal Cinema (608 College Street) followed by a very special a post screening Gala.

The Closing Night film is Hui Wang’s LAST HARVEST. It follows the remarkable journey of an elderly Chinese farming couple on a forced relocation by the government’s mammoth and controversial South-to-North Water Diversion Project held at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema with post screening reception.

“The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival presents films that engage both the hearts and minds of our viewers, helping them understand environmental issues they may have read or heard about.” says Sucheta Rajagopal, Chair of the Board of Directors for Planet in Focus. “Telling stories through film, exploring both local and global concerns, has resonated and continues to resonate with our audience.

Our Festival begins with our Elementary and Secondary School programs followed by our Industry Day and popular Green Pitch.

SEEDS OF TIME reflects on how seed diversity is absolutely essential for the preservation of the planet. DAUGHTER OF THE LAKE by Director Ernesto Cabellos is story of a young indigenous Andean woman who has the ability to speak with the spirits of the water; BANKING NATURE is a provocative documentary that looks at the growing movement to monetize the natural world. Both films will be presented at the Fest Forum with professional panels/ debate following.