Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Call for submissions: 2011 Planet in Focus Film Festival

The Planet in Focus Film Festival in Toronto has opened their submission for their 12th annual festival. Their Early-bird deadline is set for May 3rd, 2011. The Final deadline is June 17th, 2011.

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.

The 12th annual Planet in Focus Film Festival takes place on Wednesday, October 12th to Sunday, October 16th, 2011.

2011 Call for Submissions Now Open!

12th Annual Planet in Focus Film Festival
Toronto, Canada
October 12th—16th, 2011
Early-bird deadline: May 3rd, 2011/ Final deadline: June 17th, 2011

Download the Planet in Focus 2011 Submission Form here.


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General Submissions

Planet in Focus is now accepting submissions for the 12th Annual Planet in Focus Film Festival taking place Oct. 12-16, 2011 in Toronto. Films must be produced as of January 1, 2009. Films and vides can include stories and explorations of urban and rural spaces; wildlife; social, cultural and political environments; farming; Aboriginal perspectives; health and environment; climate change; human displacement; war; globalization; water; farming; forests and food security and other interpretations of the theme “environment”. In addition to our regular public screenings, the festival features an Industry Day with panels, workshops and pitch sessions devoted to the subject of film production, distribution and funding, a school program for elementary and secondary school students focused on environmental education and an entertaining and inspiring children and youth program.

2011 Spotlight: Landscapes
The 2011 Planet in Focus Film Festival spotlight is on ‘landscapes’. Created over time, landscapes are more than simply the physical environment; they directly impact human existence and cultural development. People and place combine to form local and national identities, and help define the identity of a particular region and their cultural and artistic expression.

Landscapes inspire artists to explore, challenge and create dialogue around the complexities of this interaction. The Planet in Focus Spotlight on landscapes will look at contemporary film and video makers who are challenging and exploring our changing perceptions of landscape and how the human-made and natural landscape shapes our identity and future.

2011 Planet in Focus Film Festival Awards
A jury will select the awards for Best Canadian Short Film, Best Canadian Feature Film, Best International Short Film, Best International Feature Film, and the Mark Haslam Award. We will be announcing a new Award in February. Be sure to sign up for the Planet in Focus newsletter at for updated information about the award.

Green Pitch Competition

The Green Pitch is a funding program offered to Canadian filmmakers by Planet in Focus and other key supporters. Visit our website at and sign up for our newsletter to find out how you can be eligible to pitch and win development funding and services for your next environmental film program.

Is Your Film Green?

Film productions are contributors to climate change through the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs), such as carbon dioxide and environmental waste. Planet in Focus is collecting information on how productions are working to reduce their environmental impact. Please let us know what efforts were made to reduce your carbon footprint throughout the production of your film. This question does not affect whether or not we screen your film. Please feel free to add more information in a separate document. We may contact you for more details.

Entry Rules and Regulations
• Notification will be issued by email in August 2011.
• Only films completed after January 1st, 2009 will be considered for official selection.
• The outside of your shipping package must read: “For Festival Preview Only – No Commercial Value”—Planet in Focus will not pay customs fees on shipments. Your shipment will be refused and returned to you if this occurs.
• Each submission must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and form (entry fees help pay for administration cost associated with submission processing).
• All payments must be made to "Planet in Focus."
• All foreign language films must have English subtitles.
• All entries are eligible to be added to our Green Market (see below for information and permissions) without additional costs to the applicant.
• Submissions are not returned. All submissions are added to the Planet in Focus Media Archive

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