Planet in Focus is celebrating our 21st anniversary as Canada’s leading environmental film organization showcasing and 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 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 voices

We present a full-day Industry Conference during the festival - including workshops, networking, panels, and a 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, 2019 will be considered for official selection
3) All foreign language films must have English subtitles

Accepted films for the Festival can be exhibited on DCP and Digital formats. The dates, times, and locations of screenings of selected films is at the discretion of the festival.

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.

1) 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.
2) All entries are eligible to be added to the PIF Festival Green Film Market, a mediatheque without additional costs to the applicant. The Green Market is an on-site viewing room (mediatheque) that is accessible only to accredited industry guests (distributors, buyers and filmmakers) for the purposes of acquisition and programming.
3) Physical submissions are not returned. All submissions are added to the Planet in Focus Fonds archive based at York University

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

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Kathryn Jankowski

    It was an absolute pleasure to attend Planet in Focus. I am Canadian but currently live in the Netherlands and I have to say, the trip back to Canada was definitely worthwhile. Planet in Focus is well organized friendly and welcoming. They provide a variety of valuable networking opportunities with prominent industry professionals. I was honoured to have my film screened at the festival. Thank you Planet in Focus!

    October 2019
  • Guilherme Gehr

    It was a great pleasure to participate and be honored with a prize in this festival. The agility and communication of the organizers was perfect. I hope to have more opportunities in future issues.

    October 2019