Planet in Focus is celebrating our 22nd anniversary as Canada’s leading environmental film organization showcasing and 2nd virtual edition promoting outstanding environmental films in all genres by Canadian and international filmmakers.

Planet in Focus proudly pays screening fees to all Official Festival Selections and Touring Selections. PIF is committed to paying artist fees to directors in selection and follows standard rates set by the Independent Media Arts Alliance ( Artist fees will be paid via PayPal post-festival, unless negotiated otherwise upon selection.

PIF operates year-round producing Canada’s largest environmental film festival every fall in Toronto, as well as bringing environmental films to communities and schools across the country and internationally through our Touring Programs.

Film Awards:
- Best Canadian Short Film
- Best Canadian Feature Film
- Best International Short Film
- Best International Feature Film
- Mark Haslam Award for under-represented communities

Planet in Focus presents an Industry Conference during the festival - including workshops, networking, panels, and a filmmaker Master Class. The Green Pitch Award for a new production - $25,000+ cash and in-kind.

1) Submitted films must not have been broadcast, distributed, offered on VOD or screened commercially in the Toronto area. PIF will consider short films that have been made available online.
2) Only films completed after January 1st, 2020 will be considered for official selection
3) All foreign language films must have English subtitles

Accepted films for the Festival will be exhibited on CineSend digital platform, geo-blocked to Canada. The dates, times, and locations of screenings of selected films are at the discretion of the festival. Complete source file requirements/upload specifications to our CineSend streaming platform will be sent to selected applicants. Filmmakers should be available to prerecord one Q&A session and/or panel discussion scheduled in the month of September.

In the event of in-person events, selected applicants must provide a DCP format of their film or video work. In some cases, filmmakers may be required to provide a high quality Pro Res file for exhibition.

Participation in the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (PIF) implies understanding and acceptance of these regulations:
1) PIF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
2) The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
3) The submitter shall indemnify and hold harmless PIF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

All submissions, despite selection will be considered for the Planet in Focus Foundation Educational Tours. Applicants will be contacted if a film is selected for a school tour or screening between the months of January to June following the festival season.

Please contact for questions or concerns regarding any of the aforementioned rules and regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Isaac King

    PIF is a great environmental film festival. Year after year, their programming is top notch and the passionate team is engaged with the work and the filmmakers. Looking forward to a post-COVID PIF festival!

    November 2020
  • Michiel Thomas

    Excellent organization and very friendly and warm team. Wish I could've attended in person, but the virtual experience was still amazing!

    November 2020
  • One of the world's top environmental film festivals. Always at the vanguard of change. I am proud to be part of the PiF 'family' of international filmmakers.

    October 2020
  • Andrew Nisker

    Having had a three films screen at PIF over the years, I can attest to their exceptional festival experience. Filmmakers are given plenty of opportunities to network through industry programs, the directors lunch and special programs. Screenings are well attended and there is ample time post screening for filmmakers to engage with their audience. Most importantly, the PIF audience lives to help save the environment. The best audience you could ask for!

    October 2020
  • One of the best, long running, environmental festivals in the world. Several films of mine have screened there and I visited in 2019. The whole staff was kind and great and we did a nice sightseeing trip to Toronto Island where we had a lovely lunch.

    April 2020