PITCH FOR THE PLANET! Valued at $10,000

Submission Deadline:

Our panel of judges engage environmental film projects in live pitches to select a winner an award of cash and services valued at $10,000. Winner announced closing night of the festival.

Here is your opportunity to participate in our Industry Series during the 15th Planet in Focus Environmental Film in Toronto.  Selected participants will pitch to industry professionals with original green story themes and vie for our annual award.

Up the Yangtze  and Under the City both received first funding at the Planet in Focus Green Pitch.

The Green Pitch winner will receive over $10,000 in funds & services:


$2500 credit toward lighting and grip equipment rental at P.S Production Services

$2450 credit toward  7 hours of on-line editing at Fearless Films

$1500 credit from Precision Transfer Technologies

$1500-$2000 credit from Wallace Studios

$1000 cash towards development from Planet in Focus

$250 credit from Vistek toward purchase of a director’s chair made from sustainably sourced wood

$500 gift certificate from Vistek


Guidelines and Criteria for the 2014 William F White International’s Green Pitch:


Films must be environmentally-themed, and must explore issues pertaining to the social or ecological environment

Project must be at least 52 minutes in length (TV broadcast hour)

Documentary and dramatic genres are both eligible

Project cannot be a television pilot or series or web series

Applicants must be Canadian Citizens or Residents

Applicants must have at least one film credit of any length (not including student works)

Planet in Focus is not responsible for finalists’ expenses, travel or accommodation to Toronto for the festival

Submissions must be made online only

Application deadline is To Be Determined as received by PIF

Pitch finalists will be notified in mid-October

Pitch finalists will present at the live event  Friday, November 8, 2014 in Toronto

Finalists will receive an all-access festival pass

2014 JURY:
Paul Lewis – President of CTV’s Discovery Channels
Dan Lyon – Regional Feature Film Executive, Ontario & Nunavut Region, Telefilm Canada
Geoff Morrison – Producer and Green Pitch Winner 2013


William F White International’s Green Pitch Award. Planet in Focus is proud that many environmental films have found their first funding through The Green Pitch.

Previous Green Pitch Winners


2014 Karen Hawes and Joey Gill: The Fungus Among Us

Mackenzie's Tributaries

2013 Geoff Morrison: Makenzie’s Tributaries

Geoff Morrison is a Genie and Gemini Award-winning producer, writer and director based in Toronto, Canada. Working in fiction, documentary and interactive media, his projects have screened all over the world including the Berlinale, Rotterdam, SXSW, BAFICI, Hot Docs, and the MoMA in New York. Geoff’s feature debut as co-writer/director/producer, No Heart Feelings, was released by KinoSmith in 2010 to great acclaim, and was hailed “A quiet triumph,” by The Globe and Mail. In 2011, he co-created and produced, The National Parks Project, a cross-platform media arts project that features 13 short films, a 13-part documentary series for the Discovery Channel, a 65-track music release, and an immersive interactive piece. Geoff’s latest documentary project as producer/director, Northwords, was released in 2012 with connected film, radio, eBook and interactive components. The film premiered at the Planet in Focus Film Festival, won Best Documentary at the Banff World Media International Pilot Competition and has sold to the Knowledge Network and CBC Documentary. Geoff is currently writing and developing several documentary and scripted projects with his company, Big Cedar Films, including the creative doc, Mackenzie’s Tributaries and narrative feature, Storm Season.


2012 Amanda Strong: Honey For Sale

2011 Charlotte Engel Carpe Diem: A Fishy tale Charlotte photoCharlotte Engel is a documentary producer based in Toronto. She is currently co-producing “Puffin Patrol” for CBC’s “The Nature of Things”. She is one of the Executive Producers on “Fractured Land” for the documentary channel. Her recent work includes “Carpe Diem” for CBC’s “The Nature of Things” and “Mugshot” for TVO and Knowledge Network. “Carpe Diem” won the Green Pitch Award in 2011 at Planet in Focus and went on to win an honorable mention at the Chicago Film and Television Awards in 2013. It has screened at many festivals in the past year and continues to garner attention. “Mugshot” debuted at Hot Docs and will air on TVO in September this year. Engel started Rock Yenta Productions Inc. in 2011. Prior to this, she worked as a Production Executive for CHUM Television, CTV and Bell Media for 10 years.Engel sits on three Boards. imagineNATIVE, DOC Toronto and Hot Docs.

Lost rivers

2010 Katarina Soukup: Under the City (Lost Rivers)

Catbird Productions Inc was founded in 2006 by independent producer KATARINA SOUKUP, who brings with her almost ten years of experience working as documentary and multimedia producer with award-winning, internationally acclaimed Inuit filmmakers Igloolik Isuma Productions, the creative team behind the Canadian cinema classic Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (2000), winner of the Camera d’or at Cannes 2001. Soukup founded Catbird Productions with a desire to produce exciting, socially-relevant independent documentary, fiction, and interactive projects which push the boundaries of their respective genres.  As a producer, she seeks out projects that tell powerful human stories and reveal the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary. She is particularly interested in films about music, art, culture, the environment, and human rights. Under Catbird, she has already produced Umiaq Skin Boat (Official selection, Hot Docs 2008) and Kakalakkuvik – Where the Children Dwell (2009) by award-winning director Jobie Weetaluktuk, as well as Tusarnituuq! Nagano in the Land of the Inuit (2009), a documentary by Félix Lajeunesse about the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and conductor Kent Nagano’s first ever tour of the Canadian Arctic. Tusarnituuq! had its World Premiere at the 2009 Montreal World Film Festival and aired on Radio-Canada, ARTV, APTN and SVT Sweden. Before focusing on filmmaking, Soukup’s sound art projects, such as Radio Bicyclette, Live from the Tundra, and Arctic Phonographies were presented at art venues in Austria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the USA, and in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Keen attention to sound remains an essential aspect of all her films. In 2008, Soukup had the privilege of working with mentors Jennifer Baichwal, Elizabeth Klink, and Connie Field at the Art of Documentary workshop (Praxis Centre for Screenwriters/NFB) in Vancouver, and was selected to participate in the Talent Lab at the 2009 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. She also serves on the board of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and is co-president of Doc-Québec (the Quebec chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada). She holds an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University. Recent Catbird titles include Lost Rivers (Radio-Canada, ARTV, CBC Documentary, NHK, Icarus Films, Terranoa), Come Worry with Us! (SuperChannel, les Films du 3 Mars, Cinema Guild) by award-winning filmmaker Helene Klodawsky, as well as the acclaimed web documentary Burgundy Jazz (Radio-Canada/CBC Music), winner of a Digi Award, a Prix Boomerang and nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Forthcoming: Okpik’s Dream (CBC, NITV).


2009 Scott Crocker: The World’s Fastest Submarine

Scott Crocker is an American documentary and feature film director whose award-winning work has screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco’s De Young Museum and at film festivals around the world. Trained principally as a visual anthropologist, Scott graduated  from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and has studied with cinema verite iconoclast Jean Rouch, maverick cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and philosophical film theorist Stanley Cavell. Under Small Change Productions Scott has produced, directed and edited BONESHOP OF THE HEART, a documentary about southern outsider artists (distributed by Kino Lorber), THE UNDERSTUDY, a feature comedy about memory and identity (international premiere European Film Market, US premiere Cinequest), and GHOST BIRD, a documentary about the mysterious sightings of a giant extinct woodpecker (international premiere Hot Docs, US premiere Maine International Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Indie Memphis award winner, Cine Golden Eagle award winner, distributed by Kino Lorber). Scott was born in Pasadena, California and currently resides in Berkeley.

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2008 Annika Gustafson & Phil Jandaly: SH*T

2008 Green Pitch Annika Gustafson

2007 Cameron Esler: Rosebud became Burning Water

2007 Burning Water Cameron is currently working with the David Suzuki Institute as an organizer for the Blue Dot Movement — making sure every Canadian has a right to live in a healthy Environment.

2006 Christian Pena: The Pascua Lama Project

2004 Yung Chang: Up the Yangtze

2004 Up the Yangtze