Best Canadian Feature Film Winner

Youth Unstoppable

Slater Jewell-Kemker

Best Canadian Short Winner

The Sun on Top of the House

Farhan Umedaly

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Best International Feature Winner

When Lambs Become Lions

Jon Kasbe

Mark Haslam Award Winner

El Taco Mazahua

Juan Pablo Ortíz Tallavas

Best International Short Winner

A Film About Animals

Eric Daniel Metzgar

Industry Conference Green Pitch Winner

The New Black Gold

Hannah Donegan & Ann Shin


Best Canadian Feature Jury 

Chanda Chevannes

Winner Best Canadian Feature 2017

Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian doc filmmaker, writer, and educator who aims to make documentaries that deal with complex social issues in an artistic way. She has authored several educational resources, two blogs for the National Film Board of Canada’s CitizenSHIFT website, and a monthly column for Troy Media. Chanda trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library, leading filmmaking workshops in the city’s underserved communities.

Lisa Jackson


London BFI, aired on many networks in Canada, and earned her a Genie Award. Her CBC documentary Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier (co-directed with Shane Belcourt) won Best Documentary at imagineNATIVE in 2017 and her VR piece Biidaaban: First Light premiered at Tribeca in 2018. She is Anishinaabe, works in fiction and documentary, and upcoming projects include a multimedia installation Transmissions, an IMAX film, along with more traditional film and TV. She a director mentor for the NSI IndigiDocs program, and sits on the advisory committee for the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan. See more at lisajackson.ca

Maureen Judge


Maureen Judge is an award-winning documentary director and producer, whose most recent feature, My Millennial Life, won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program. Her films and TV series have been shown around the world. Currently, Maureen is exploring the lives of teenage girls, and how gender inequity affects their attitudes, actions and goals in her newest doc, Girls on the Bus, in association with TVO.  Maureen has an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU, is a former board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and WIFT, and is an adjunct professor at Sheridan College.

Deanna Wong

Reel Canada

Deanna Wong is the administrator director for REEL CANADA, an organization that brings festivals of Canadian film to high schools across the country. She was previously the executive director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, from 2005 to 2008, and currently serves on its advisory board. Deanna is also a copy editor and writer and has contributed to RealScreen, Playback, Toronto.

Best International Feature Film Jury

David Borenstein

Winner Best International Feature 2017

Director David Borenstein is an American director currently based in Copenhagen. He has directed films for ARTE, Al Jazeera English, DR Horisont, NYTIMES, with more underway. He was a cinematographer and Producer for the Sundance-funded film “The Hand that Feeds,” winner of the audience award at the Full Frame Film Festival. Read More

Samer Angelone

Green Film Network Member

Samer Angelone is a biologist and filmmaker. He teaches “Filmmaking for Scientists”, “Storytelling Science”, and “Filmmaking Marathon” at various Swiss and German universities and research institutes (e.g., Universities of Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Munich and ETH), and film festivals (e.g., Locarno Film Festival). He is the founder and director of the Global Science Film Festival in Switzerland. Read More

Christina Gabetti

Environmental Journalist

Journalist and writer with American roots and Italian upbringing. Cristina began her career as an entertainment reporter for Mediaset TV news, showcasing the art and and passions of rock stars. Motherhood made her reflect on what world her children would inherit and she found herself in the abyss between what we know and how we live. Read More

Ravi de Costa

Planet in Focus Board Member

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

Scott Dobson

Winner Best Canadian Short 2017

Scott co-produced and directed the short doc “Fix And Release”. In 2016 he was story editor for Viceland’s Payday. He recently directed Puffin Patrol and Carpe Diem, for the CBC’s The Nature of Things. In 2012 he directed Church Of Elvis; a 3-hour look the spiritual world of Elvis Presley, and its sister show, Elvis In Love. Prior, he produced the very successful spam: The Documentary for CBC Newsworld, which was broadcast around the world. Read More

Lisa Haller

Shorts Programmer, TIFF

Lisa Haller has worked for TIFF since 2010 and is currently the Festival Programming Manager and Shorts Programmer. In her role she is the lead on Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival strategy and programming execution, and she curates short film for Canada’s Top Ten, TIFF Kids International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Read More

Jean Eng

Co-Founder, Pure + Simple

Jean Eng is the co-founder of Pure + Simple, Toronto’s favourite natural skin care specialist and facial spa. Pure + Simple is a pioneer in the field of sustainable and natural skin care, with responsibly sourced natural ingredients, sustainable spa operations + innovative initiatives like their bottle return program. Read More

Thomas Jenkins

Environmental Communications Manager

Thomas has an extensive communications background having held senior-level positions in publicity and advertising including the Ontario Science Centre and Alliance Atlantis. He currently works as the Team Lead of Marketing Communications for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Thomas holds a Master’s in Independent Film and prefers ice cream over popcorn.

Best International Short Film Jury

Jenny Nichols

Winner Best International Short 2017

Harnessing the power of visual media to tell stories, Jenny works to create films that will act as tipping points in conservation campaigns. Jenny thrives on multidisciplinary projects and continues to collaborate with a dedicated community of photojournalists, filmmakers, writers, illustrators, scientists and conservation organizations.

Jenny’s films have screened at HotDocs, Seattle International Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival and many more!

Sally Lee

Executive Director, CARFAC

Sally Lee has served as Executive Director of artists’ rights organization CARFAC Ontario since 2015. She has held management and leadership positions at TIFF, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and the Reel Asian International Film Festival. Other groups she has worked with as a staff or board/committee member include the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), the Images Festival, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), the Pan Am Path, Samara Canada, BorderLines Magazine and the Women’s Press. Read More

Elwood Jimmy

Programmer, Musagetes

Elwood Jimmy is a learner, collaborator, writer, artist, facilitator, curator, and gardener. He is originally from the Thunderchild First Nation, a Nehiyaw community in the global north. For almost 20 years, he has played a leadership role in several art projects, collectives and organizations nationally and abroad. In his practices, he has employed photography, film, video, storytelling, language, text, textiles, natural materials, performance, and personal & community narratives as the foundation for a number of collaborative projects.

Stavroula Logothettis

Acting Executive Producer, TRT World

Stravroula has 35 years of media experience in both on and off-camera roles. She has played various roles in film and television, including a supporting role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and has as a director, producer, EP, writer and presenter with programs such as AJ Eats. Stavroula has been with TRT World for 2 years as Senior Producer, acting EP and the host of In the Loop, a round table show that brings journalists together to discuss the personal journeys behind the stories they cover. Her latest series for TRT World Life in Ruins will follow female aid workers on the frontline.

Mark Haslam Award Jury

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.