STAFF

Katherine Bruce

Executive Director

A part of the Planet in Focus team from 2010-2012, Katherine was delighted to return to the festival in 2016. She has worked extensively in the not-for-profit arts sector, including the UK-based Cape Farewell – The cultural response to climate change, for a project called Carbon 14: Climate is Culture in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture. Katherine has an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies with a research focus on fresh water as both a commodity and a human right through the historical narrative of Toronto’s R.C. Harris Filtration Plant.

Alessandra Cannito

Programs Director

Alessandra joined the Planet in Focus team in 2013 as a graduate of Ryerson University School of Media’s Radio and Television Arts Program. Engaging audiences through art is her passion, and in addition to Planet in Focus, Alessandra is an active singer and voice actor, with two decades in the North American entertainment industry. Her experience in production also includes coordinating media events such as Starwalkers: A Celebrity Tribute to MusiCounts and Crossmedia Banff.

Marc Glassman

Senior Film Programmer

Marc Glassman is an editor, film programmer, lecturer, writer, broadcaster and the Artistic Director of This is Not a Reading Series, a multi-disciplinary programme that explores the creative process in literature. Marc is the Editor-in-Chief of POV (Point of View), Canada’s leading periodical on documentary culture and Montage, the Directors Guild of Canada’s national magazine. He is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson Univeristy’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media programme.

Julian Carrington

Film Programmer

Julian Carrington is Distribution Manager at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He oversees the Festival’s distribution marketplace, including the Distribution Rendezvous pitch meeting program, and the Doc Shop, the Festival’s on-demand industry screening library. Julian also currently serves as a programmer with Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. Previously, he acted as an associate programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival, and, from 2015 to 2017, managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service. 

Allegra Moyle

Programme Coordinator

Allegra is a graduate of the University of King’s College with a degree in English and a double minor in Contemporary studies and The History of Science and Technology. She is grateful for the opportunity PIF has given her to immerse herself in the Toronto film and environmental world. Her previous work has centered around community building, working on cultural, educational and creative programming for youth. 

Pat Mullen

Pre-Screener

Pat Mullen is the Assistant Online Editor at POV Magazine. He covers film at Cinemablographer.com, contributes to The Canadian Encyclopedia and is a member of the Online Film Critics Society. You can reach him on Twitter at @cinemablogrpher. Pat joined the Planet in Focus team as a pre-screener in early 2015.

Gesila Azorbo

Pre-Screener

Gesilayefa Azorbo is a Toronto-based writer, photographer and filmmaker. She has a deep interest in music, film, literature, and pop culture. She was born in Nigeria, grew up in Kenya, currently lives in Canada, and considers herself a Third Culture Kid. Her work explores themes related to music, creativity and identity.

Michael John Long

Pre-Screener

Seeking adventure and refuge in nature as a child has inspired much of Michael’s environmental education and charitable not-for-profit work.  Michael currently teaches at George Brown College, where he is also Faculty Advisor to the Sustainability Club / Green Team.  He has previously taught at York University, where he completed the Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Emily Charles-Donelson

Social Media Manager

With a double Honours Degree in Film Studies and Psychology from Carleton University, Emily is devoted to using her knowledge of media and communications to change the world for the better. Emily has been perfecting the art of online storytelling as a method to amplify the important messages of non-profits and charities in Toronto. She brings the tools and techniques of traditional digital media marketing to organizations working hard to shift our world into a new story and more sustainable planet.

Sophia Mendizabal

Education Programs Coordinator

Sophia has a background in Art & Design and Environmental Studies.  She uses this to create an outlet for creativity through various mediums of photography, photojournalism and textile design to educate and inspire environmental and social change. A true believer in a sustainable planet, Sophia leads a zero-waste approach that has been incorporated into her works and designs.

Danielle Howson

Communications Coordinator

Danielle is currently studying in the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University, focusing on graphic communications, storytelling in media, and business management. Having moved to Toronto three years ago, Danielle has fallen in love with the arts scenes and PIF is the latest stop on her exploration of the city’s culture. Her goal is to use social media and different online mediums to share stories across multiple platforms in new and engaging ways.

Meike Vedder

Festival Coordinator

Meike grew up in the Netherlands, and is currently a master student in Human Ecology at Lund University, Sweden. She came to Canada for an intership at Planet in Focus, because she believes that visual storytelling is an important driver of change. Working at Planet in Focus allows her to combine her love for art and film with her academic background in sustainability studies.

Tara Snider

Festival Coordinator

Tara is currently a student at Ryerson University where she is completing her degree in Professional Communications with a minor in public relations. She has always loved the arts and culture that is within Toronto and is grateful to have the opportunity to be apart of that world through Planet in Focus. She has previous experience in communications, public relations and marketing for theatre.

Hana Glaser

Festival Coordinator

Hana is currently studying in the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University, specializing in interior design, curatorial practices, and business management. She hopes to combine her passion and appreciation for the arts with social change in order to educate others and create a better society. Hana is overjoyed that she finally has a role in what makes Toronto such a great city by working with Planet In Focus.