A highlight of the annual Industry Conference at Planet in Focus is the Green Pitch. Six selected filmmakers pitch their film idea to a panel of industry judges and in front of the conference audience. The winner receives a prize valued at over $35,000 in services & cash to put toward the production of their project provided by Ontario film production suppliers.
The Green Pitch finalists for 2017 have been selected and are listed below. Join us at Industry Conference on Friday, October 20th to see them pitch their ideas!
Babe, I Hate to Go
Director: Andrew Moir
Producer: Sherien Barsoum
Project description: The relationships between a family in rural Jamaica are put to the test after the patriarch and only breadwinner, a migrant worker, learns he has cancer. An intimate look at one of the thousands of Jamaican families that rely on migrant labour, Babe, I Hate to Go shows the human cost of an economic system that forces families apart in order to survive.
A filmmaker and producer based in Toronto, Andrew Moir makes intimate, observational documentaries. His films include Uprooted (2011), Just as I Remember (2013), and Babe, I Hate to Go (2017). His work has screened at festivals that include Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and DOC NYC. He is currently in production on his first feature-length documentary.
Searching for Baby Glacier*
Fight to Repair
Smitten By Giraffes
Project description: Anne Dagg returns to Africa 50+ years after her trailblazing journey to study giraffes – giving us an intimate window into the past, along with a firsthand view of giraffes today.
Joanne Jackson is an award-winning producer who has been the driving force behind many compelling, thought-provoking documentaries and programs for over twenty years. She worked as an in-house producer and as a production executive for YTV, WTN and Discovery. Her productions have garnered eight Gemini and one CSA nomination. Joanne’s work in feature documentary film include The Messenger (2015), The Big Wait (2010) and Long Haul and Big Hearts (2008). The Messenger, a highly acclaimed film that unravels the mystery surrounding the decline of migratory songbirds, is an international Canada/France co-production that was released theatrically in the U.S. and Canada.
Accolades include a 2016 CSA nomination for Best Cinematography; Hot Docs Top Ten Audience Choice film in 2015; Best Conservation Program at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2015; Best of Fest and Best Theatrical Documentary-International at the Wildlife Film Festival 2016; Special Mention for Best Documentary, CinemAmbiente, Italy 2015; Best Environmental Film Prize at Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature, Abbeville Cedex /France 2016 and the Pariscience 2016 Prix Buffon. The Big Wait won Gold at the Houston Worldfest for Best Medical or Health Film. The Long Haul won the Crystal Heart Award, at the Hearts and Minds Film Festival and Silver at the ReelHeart Film Festival. The film was also nominated for Gemini ‘Best Adventure/Science/Technology Documentary’ in 2008.