This award was established in honour of Mark Haslam, the founder of Planet in Focus. The award is given to any drama, documentary or experimental film programmed in the Festival that gives voice to individuals, communities, struggles or stories that are under-represented in the media and is made by a filmmaker who is a member or participant in that community, struggle or story. The selected work demonstrates the power to inspire reflection and positive action towards the social and ecological health of the planet.
This award is presented by the Programmers of the Festival to the film that best meets this criteria. The films submitted to the Best International Feature and Best Canadian Feature category are automatically considered.
The Harold Greenberg Fund's Green Screen Award is given to the Film or TV series that demonstrates environmental best practices during the production of the project. Canadian features must be submitted to this Award before being considered for participation in the Festival. International Features may apply but it is not mandatory.
Non-Environmentally themed films and TV series may apply for this Award by following the Special Guidelines for Submission. Demonstrate to the world how your production has used environmental best practices and lead the way in Greening the World.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Planet in Focus (PIF), is Canada’s leading environmental media arts organization showcasing and promoting outstanding environmental films and videos by Canadian and international filmmakers at its multi-faceted annual Film Festival in Toronto and by screening films in communities and schools across the country through the Green School Tour and the monthly screening series, Salon Vert.
PIF also spearheads a pan-industry program known as the Green Screen Initiative in order to reduce the environmental footprint of the film and television industry.
Find out more at www.planetinfocus.org.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival presents films and videos in all genres (documentaries, dramatic, experimental, short films, features and animation) and on subjects that explore all issues concerning the environment. These may include: Climate Change, globalization, Aboriginal Perspectives, women's rights, water, desertifcation, energy, activism and much more.
Other components of the Film Festival include:
The Industry Series with panels, workshops and pitch sessions devoted to the subject of film production, distribution and funding.
The Green Pitch provided development and production funding and support to Canadian environmental filmmakers.
The Harold Greenberg Fund's Green Screen Award for the film or TV series that demonstrate best environmental practices during production.
Green Market is an on-site film library of film submissions that are available for review by industry delegates, distributors and financiers.
The Festival Forum presents panel discussions with experts and filmmakers that explores issues presented in selected films.
The Fest Field Trip presents films for elementary and secondary school students that fully engage young minds regarding important environmental issues.
Festival Awards include:
Best Canadian Feature
Best International Feature
Best Short Film (for Cdn & Intl)
Mark Haslam Award (awarded by programmers)
The Harold Greenberg Fund's Green Screen Award
Anne Mark (Program Development Manager)
; Dawn Kuisma (Executive Director)
Entry Rules and Regulations
• Submission deadlines: Early-Bird: May 30, 2014, Regular deadline: June 20, 2014, Late Deadline: June 21, 2014
• Only films completed after January 1st, 2013 will be considered for official selection
• A video link must be submitted for review by the Jury
• 2 DVDs must be sent to Planet in Focus via registered mail (Fedex etc). The package must read: “For Festival Preview Only – No Commercial Value” and be valued for less than $20—Planet in Focus will not pay customs fees on shipments or shipping fees
• All non-English language films must have English subtitles
-All Canadian Features must be submitted to The Harold Greenberg Fund's Green Screen Award before being considered for the Festival.
- All Features will be automatically considered for the Mark Haslam Award which is juried by the Festival Programmers.
• All entries will be automatically submitted to The Green Market which is held during the Festival and open to industry delegates.
- All entries will be automatically submitted to the PIF Archive which is North America's largest collection of environmental films. PIF programs other initiatives from the Archive and if your film is selected you will be contacted and offered an appropriate screening fee.
• Upon official acceptance into the Festival, your film is not permitted to screen in Toronto/GTA or be broadcast a full eight (8) weeks prior to the Festival
• Notification will be issued by email in mid September.
* Submission to PIF is a Declaration of ownership of copyright of the film, by the owner or authorized representative of owner.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I certify that I am the copyright owner or authorized by the copyright owner of this work to submit this work to the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival.
Any copyrighted materials included in the work have been legally cleared for use. If my film is selected, I will have an exhibition quality BluRay delivered to Planet in Focus by September 30, 2014.
I understand that all film source information provided on the Submission Form will be reproduced online and in for print material for the public and media. The festival is entitled to use up to 5 minutes of the film for promotional purposes. I grant the festival full permission to use the still images and film clips for promotional purposes and the film for publicity purposes.
I understand that the festival will add the preview DVDs to the Green Film Market and to the PIF Archive.
I understand that all Canadian Features must complete the information for The Harold Greenberg Fund's Green Screen Award in order to be considered for participation in the Festival.