Best Canadian Feature Film Winner

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By: Chanda Chevannes

Best Canadian Short Winner


Fix and Release

By: Scott Dobson

Best International Feature Winner

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Dream Empire

By: David Borenstein

Best International Short Winner


Elk River

By: Jenny Nichols

Mark Haslam Award Winner


El Remolino / The Swirl

By: Laura Herrero Garvín

Green Pitch Winner

Multiple Sponsors

Poison in Paradise

By: Exan Auyoung and Joanne Jackson

Honourable Mention: Fight to Repair by Scott Dobson

Green Film Network: Green Vision Award


24 Snow

By: Mikhail Barynin

Green Film Network: Green Cinema Award

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Plastic China

By: Jiu-liang Wang



Best Canadian Feature Jury 

Peter svatek

Peter Svatek

Filmmaker / Best Canadian Feature Winner 2016

Born in Prague, Peter Svatek moved to Montreal, Canada as a child and has been living there ever since. A writer and director of both feature films and documentaries, his films have won many international awards. He is the co-founder (with Josette Gauthier) of Triplex Films, a successful documentary production company.  Read More


Velcrow Ripper

Filmmaker / Planet in Focus Alumnus

Velcrow Ripper is a Canadian Academy Award (Genie) winning filmmaker, writer, web artist, and sound designer. He has directed over thirty films and videos, both fiction and issue-oriented documentary, often with an experimental edge. His films have won twenty awards, including a Genie, Best of the Festival, Special Jury Awards, and a Silver Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Read More


Ryan Dyment

Planet in Focus Board of Directors

Ryan Dyment is the Executive Director of the Institute for a Resource-Based Economy (IRBE) and co-founder of the Toronto Tool Library. Ryan is a graduate of McGill University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant having worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sector in various accounting roles. Ryan also serves as the Treasurer of Wildlife Preservation Canada,Read More

Best International Feature Film Jury


Patrick Shen

Filmmaker / Winner Best International Feature 2016

Patrick made his feature directorial debut in 2005 with the critically-acclaimed Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality which was hailed by critics as being “one of the most ambitious films ever made” (PBS 106.7 Australia) and “moving and thought-provoking” (NBC). Beautifully photographed in eight different countries and three years in the making, Flight from Death was awarded seven “Best Documentary” awards at film festivals all over the United States. Read More

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Liz Marshall

Filmmaker / Planet in Focus Alumnus

Liz Marshall is a Canadian documentary/non-fiction filmmaker based in Toronto. Since the 1990s she has directed and produced independent projects and been part of film and television teams, creating broadcast, theatrical, campaign and cross-platform documentaries shot around the world. Marshall’s work illuminates social justice and environmental themes through immersive character-driven narratives. Read More


Ravi de Costa

Planet in Focus Board of Directors

I originally came to Canada from Australia to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Prior to joining FES in 2007, I also taught at Trent University in the Department of Political Studies. Read More

Best Canadian Short Film Jury


Inga Diev

General Manager of Ouat Media

Inga Diev serves as the General Manager of Ouat Media, a Toronto–based international sales and distribution company specializing in short films. To date, Ouat Media has represented ten Academy Award nominated short films including three winners. In her role, Inga is responsible for the company’s business operations and oversees all the film sales and acquisitions.


Danis Goulet

Shorts Programmer, TIFF

Danis Goulet is shorts programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. She is the former Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and has curated award-winning short film commissioning projects including the Embargo Collective I and II. Goulet has developed initiatives for the Ontario Arts Council, served on the boards for the Toronto Arts Council and the Images Festival, and is a former programming committee member for the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. Read More

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Alice Madolciu

Planet in Focus Board of Directors

Alice Madolciu is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduate of the University of Waterloo. She practices domestic and international tax as a Manager at Crowe Soberman LLP, one of Toronto’s premier chartered accounting firms. Alice also serves as the Treasurer of GreenPAC, a national non-partisan organization that is striving to keepRead More

Best International Short Film Jury

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Steve McDonald

Filmmaker / Winner Best International Short 2016

The Rainmakers of Nganyi’ is part of a series of short films that profiles innovative approaches to research and the co-creation of knowledge as a key to the transformation of the African food system.

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Tyler Mifflin


Tyler Mifflin is the award-winning director, cinematographer and tv show host behind the eco-adventure documentary TV series, The Water Brothers, which explores the world’s biggest environmental challenges and how we can overcome them. He has also filmed footage for various IMAX and Giant Screen projects across the globe.Read More

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Sucheta Rajagopal

Chair, Planet in Focus Board of Directors

Sucheta Rajagopal has been involved in Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for over 10 years, advising retail and institutional clients on how to integrate environmental, social and governance concerns into their investment portfolios. Read More

Mark Haslam Award Jury

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Marc Glassman

Planet in Focus Senior 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 reviews film every week for Classical 96.3 FM. He is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson Univeristy’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media programme.


Julian Carrington

Planet in Focus Programmer

Julian Carrington is a freelance writer and film programmer based in Toronto. He has contributed to publications including The Globe & Mail, Indiewire, and Cinema Scope, and, in 2014, served as a programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015, he became manger of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge initiative, supporting filmmakers in developing distribution and audience engagement strategies. Julian joined Planet in Focus as the festival’s associate programmer in 2016.



Best Canadian Feature Film Winner

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Theatre of Life

By: Peter Svatek

Best Canadian Short Winner

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Kokota: The Islet of Hope

By: Craig Norris

Best International Feature Winner

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In Pursuit of Silence 

By: Patrick Shen

Best International Short Winner

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The Rainmakers of Nganyi

By: Steve McDonald

Mark Haslam Award Winner

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By: Zhao Liang


The Soil Chronicles

By: Noe Sardet, Jean-Marc Abela and Sharif Mirshak