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Friday, February 6, 2009

10th Anniversary Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival

Toronto, Canada, October 21-25, 2009

Attention Filmmakers: Call for Submissions now open!

Who We Are

Planet in Focus, Canada’s most acclaimed international environmental film and video festival, showcases outstanding and compelling films and videos covering a broad range of environmental themes by Canadian and international filmmakers. Our mission is to screen and promote the use of film and video across Canada and internationally as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion, and appropriate action on the environmental, ecological and social health of the planet. Recognizing that the 'environment' is contested terrain, both as a biophysical entity and as a philosophical frame , Planet in Focus invites submissions in all genres that critically examine the concept of 'environment' and challenge current human/nature relations.

Festival Highlights

Green Market & Industry Centre: Filmmakers, producers, sales agents, buyers and programmers enjoy exclusive access to our business centre (and networking hub) and have full access to our film library which will consist of all 2009 submissions.

Green Pitch Competition: Submit your environmental film treatment for the chance to pitch your idea live and win development funding for your project (Canadian filmmakers only.)

Panels, Industry Roundtables: Filmmakers take the spotlight with a series of lively discussions addressing a range of issues that specifically concern activist filmmaking.

2009 Spotlight: Towards A 2020 Vision

Special attention will be paid to works that focus on ideas, technologies, new practices, and provide insight into visions of the future of our planet. Some areas of interest are biodiversity, technology, climate change, oceans, food, wildlife, social existence and survival. This spotlight will look Ten Years Forward and present ten works on ten key thematic issues that examine the challenges that lay ahead and the solutions that will deliver real and effective change.

Early deadline: May 22nd, 2009 / Final deadline: June 19th, 2009

For guidelines and submission forms please visit

www.planetinfocus. org

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