Planet in Focus Announces Seed Pitch Competition Winners

Jean Marc Abela & Noé Sardet

By Pat Mullen

Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (PiF) recently announced the winners for the annual Seed Pitch Competition. PiF named director Jean-Marc Abela and producer Noé Sardet as the Seed Pitch winners for their short film The Story of Lucio, an animated work about a seed who sees into the souls of others. The competition carried a cash prize of $7000, courtesy of USC Canada, to develop the project. The Story of Lucio will have its premiere at Planet in Focus this fall.

“Seeds and ecological farming are issues close to our hearts and we jump on any chance we get to shine a bit of light on these important matters. We are honoured to be a part of this partnership with Planet in Focus Film Festival which is the perfect venue to premiere this film. We are very much looking forward to participating to the 2016 edition,” the filmmakers said in a statement released by the festival.

Anne Mark, Executive Director of the festival, added, “We are thrilled that Planet in Focus has been able to participate in this exciting new program to expand our support of Canadian filmmakers in creating environmentally themed films. We received many incredibly strong applications, but Abela and Sardet’s concept for The Story of Lucio truly captured our imaginations. We are looking forward to premiering it at this year’s festival.”

Planet in Focus runs October 17-23. The festival also announced that it has extended its deadline for submissions. Filmmakers may submit their environmentally themed films until June 10 via Zone Festival or Film Freeway.