Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival


Years running: 25 (since 2000)

Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival

International Environmental Film Festival.


Planet in Focus is Canada’s leading environmental media arts organization, showcasing and promoting outstanding environmental films and videos in all genres (documentaries, dramatic, experimental, short films, features and animation) by Canadian and international filmmakers.

Planet in Focus operates year-round. We produce Canada’s largest environmental film festival every October in Toronto; we bring environmental films to communities and schools across the country and around the world through our Touring Programs; we teach youth how to tell stories about the environment using the latest video production and storytelling tools and spearhead a pan-industry program to reduce the environmental footprint of the film and television industry.


Planet in Focus will be awarding cash prizes to the jury-selected films for:

  • Best Canadian Short Film
  • Mark Haslam Award
  • Best International Short Film
  • Best Canadian Feature Film
  • Best International Feature Film


  • Only films completed after January 1st, 2022 will be considered for official selection. 
  • Film is to be submitted via Filmfreeway
  • All foreign language films must have English subtitles

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Jordana Aarons (Executive director)




Official Website



192 Spadina Ave, Suite 502
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C2

Phone: 416-531-1769


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    January 17, 2023
  • Earlybird Deadline
    March 10, 2023
  • Regular Deadline
    April 21, 2023
  • Late Deadline
    May 26, 2023
  • Notifications
    August 25, 2023
  • Event Dates
    12 — 22 October 2023
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — $23
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $34

Films under 20 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $11
  • Regular Deadline — $19
  • Late Deadline — $23

Global competition for documentary films between 20 and 50 minutes

  • Earlybird Deadline — $19
  • Regular Deadline — $26
  • Late Deadline — $30

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