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ATTEND a filmmaking workshop on Monday, March 27 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at York University (pizza dinner included)

CREATE a short film with your class or Eco Club

SUBMIT the film for consideration to the Student Film Festival by May 21, 2018

The environmental filmmaking workshops for York Region elementary and high school teachers and educators are back!

All York Region K-12 classes can submit their student-made environmental films (under 4 minutes) for consideration to the Student Film Festival. Details on the submission process and the Student Film Festival are available here.

Teachers, students and parents are invited to the red-carpet gala screening of the jury selected films. Take a look at last year’s Student Film Festival blog post for more details about the final event.

Applications are now open for our 2018 program!




York EFL Application Form 2018

*Please email the completed application form to schools@planetinfocus.org.

York Media Release Form 2018

*This form is to be collected and retained by the participating school – it does not need to be submitted.

York Project Release Form 2018

*Please scan (or take a picture of) this form and send a copy to schools@planetinfocus.org.



Schools participating in York Region Eco-Film Lab may have access to a class visit from a professional filmmaker to work directly with the students on their film project (2018 sessions pending confirmation of funding)

Virginia Barter

Live-action filmmaking workshops

Virginia Barter is a Toronto based historical writer and filmmaker.  She is a graduate of the Film & Television Production and Post-Production Program at Trebas Institute.  Her short film, HEARNE, tells the story of the English explorer Samuel Hearne and the French attack on Fort Prince of Wales in 1782.  As writer, producer and director, Virginia won several honours for this short film project Read More

James Buffin

Live-action filmmaking workshops

James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 26 years experience, working on movies, tv shows, commercials, music videos and documentaries shooting across North America, South America, Asia and the South Pacific. The theme of his current work is disaster/recovery, both environmental and personal. Current projects include Read More

Kathy Shultz

Animation Filmmaker

Kathy Shultz has been working in film and television for over 10 years. Her award winning stop motion animated short “A Sea Turtle Story” (Official Selection- TIFF KIDS 2012,Golden Apple – for Best Animated Film 2013 at ZLIN FILM FESTIVAL, Professional Jury Award- PLEIN LA BOBINE FILM FESTIVAL)  Read More

Animation Workshop

Join filmmaker Kathy Shultz to create environmentally themed animations in the classroom. Learn about basic principles of stop motion animation, story, building and filming. Choose from pixilation, claymation and paper cut outs in a fun but educational workshop for all ages. Time permitting, Kathy can screen her award winning stop motion animated film “A Sea Turtle Story” and host a question and answer (Q andA).


 2017 Eco-Film Lab Playlist

Click on the top left of the video to view the full playlist. Check out our YouTube channel for more!


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