Planet in Focus Film Festival 2017

The Planet in Focus Film Festival showcases films that highlight the negative impact people are having on the Earth and its inhabitants. It also promotes activism and solutions to these problems. In this its 18th year, the festival will run from October 19-22, in Toronto. Check out the highlights below and get your tickets now.

AN EVENING WITH DR. ROBERTA BONDAR 

October 17 ◊ 7 PM ◊ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Dr. Roberta Bondar will receive the PiF Canadian Eco-Hero Award and will give an address, followed by a Q&A session with host Ziya Tong, from Daily Planet.

OPENING NIGHT FILM & RECEPTION                        

October 19

6:30 PM ◊ The Royal Cinema (Screening)

9:00 PM ◊ Revival Bar (Reception)

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Director Chanda Chevannes in attendance.

Scientist, writer, cancer survivor, and eco-activist Dr. Sandra Steingraber is the subject of Chanda Chevanness’ Unfractured. Chevannes follows Steingraber as she makes speeches against fracking and gets arrested protesting “The industrialization of the Finger Lakes.” 

INDUSTRY DAY

October 20 ◊ 8:30 AM – 5:30PM ◊ St. Paul’s Bloor Street (227 Bloor St E)

This is an education session for Canadian and International filmmakers, writers, producers, and broadcasters, providing information on the latest in environmental films and funding.

MASTERCLASS with CHANDA CHEVANNES

October 20 ◊ 2:30 PM ◊ St. Paul’s Bloor Street (227 Bloor St E)

Canadian documentary, filmmaker, writer, and educator Chanda Chevannes is the instructor of the 2017 Industry Conference Master Class.

GREEN FILM NETWORK AWARDS & SCREENINGS

October 20 ◊ 6:30 PM ◊ The Revue Cinema

Planet in Focus will host the 4th Annual International Green Film Network Awards, which consists of screenings of awarding-winning films 24 Snow (Green Vision Award), about horse breeders in Siberia, and Plastic China (Green Cinema Award), a portrait of a toxic class system in a Chinese province on the rise. There will also be a screening of Sabastien Chabot’s feature debut The Gardener, a documentary about renowned gardener and horticulturists Francis Cabot’s 20 acre garden in Charlevoix, Quebec.

FEST FORUM

October 21 ◊ 12:30 PM – 8:30 PM ◊ Innis Town Hall

Panel discussions with leading experts, PiF 2017 filmmakers, and special guests will follow each of the screenings at Innis Town Hall this day.

12:30 PM – Food Coop 

3:45pm PM – Modified

6:45 PM – WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS CEREMONY & SCREENING

October 22 ◊ 6:30 PM ◊ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

The Closing Night Gala will begin with a tribute to the late activist, filmmaker, and educator Rob Stewart, which will be presented by Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos. 17 year old activist and filmmaker Jonah Bryson will be presented with the inaugural Rob Stewart Youth Eco-Hero Award. The 2017 PiF’s film awards will also be handed out. The closing night film will be Delila Vallot’s Can you Dig This?, featuring the self-described “gangsta gardener” Ron Finely. Following the film, Finely will be presented with the 2017 International Eco-Hero Award and will give an address about his practice.



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