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Festival's Basic Information

Festival name

Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival

Festival's short name
Foundation year


General contact email
Name and contact of the Director or organizers max. 3 persons.

Katherine Bruce, Executive Director

Name of the programmer(s)

Julian Carrington, Lesley Johnson



Awards of the last edition (award-winning films) film, country, director

2019 Award-winning films

Best Canadian Feature: The Hottest August Brett Story (Canada/USA. 2019)
Best International Feature: Mossville John Glustrom (United States, 2019)
Best Canadian Short: Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) Amanda Strong (Canada, 2018)
Best International Short: Plantae Guilherme Gehr (Brazil, 2017)
Mark Haslam Award: Zagros Ariane Lorrain, Shahab Mihandoust (Canada, 2018)
Green Pitch Prize: Eulogy for the Dead Sea Polina Teif

Categories and genres

Feature length
Short films
New media

How many screenings do you have in extra activities in addition to the festival?


How many sections does the festival have -competition and out of competition


Other non-cinematographic activities of the festival: panels, conferences, etc.

Industry Conference
Galas, Receptions
Eco-Hero Events
Family Breakfast

Does the festival have an educational section/activities?
Does the festival have a market or industry activities?
Average of short films during the festival
Average of feature films during the festival
Average of documentaries during the festival
Average of fiction films during the festival
Average of animation films during the festival
How many prizes or competitive sections does the festival have?


In how many cities does the festival happen?


How many films have been programmed in all the festival throughout all its editions?


In how many venues does the festival take place? How many private vs public.

6 festival venues

How many screenings are held during the festival and how many during the Tour.

64 festival / 185 tour

Festival Dates

Festival Dates

October 14, 2021

Next open call date (from)

February 1, 2021

Next open call date (to)

June 1, 2021

Link to website

General contact email

Festival short description

Now in our 22nd year, Planet in Focus is Canada’s largest environmental media arts organization with year-round programming. Our mandate is to produce cultural events that showcase engaging and artistic films that question, explore and tell stories about the world in which we live. We use film as a catalyst for change through public awareness, discussion and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues.

Categories and genres

Feature length Short films Documentary Animation Narrative New media