Watching a movie gives audiences a chance to capture that moment’s resonant je ne sais quoi, which is French for “popcorn smell.” Rejoice in artful concessions with today's Groupon to the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival running from Wednesday, October 12 to Sunday, October 16. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get two film-screening tickets (a $24 value).
- For $50, you get one festival pass (a $100 value). Passes include access to all regular films and opening- and closing-night galas, but do not include access to the Industry Series.
The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival offers discounted tickets for students and seniors.
The 12th annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival dazzles cinephiles of all ages with more than 75 Canadian and international films that focus on the natural world—from health issues to environmental conservation—and aim to spark dialogue and action within the community. This year’s festival theme of Landscapes and their impact upon human existence is bolstered by a host of contemporary films that examine the ramifications of ever-shifting scenery, including rising sea levels, glacial recession, and blatantly doctored postcard vistas. Werner Herzog’s Happy People: A Year in The Taiga documents hyperborean hijinks in the unforgiving Siberian taiga; The Ailing Queen (La Reine Malade) reports upon an apiarist in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains and his fight against the global collapse of bee colonies. Free programming and films for children and youth are open to all festival attendees, and many moving pictures have their directors in attendance to answer questions and oblige adoring fans with impromptu yells of "Cut!"
Those wielding a festival pass can also gussy up for opening- and closing-night galas, including an opening-night screening of Revenge of the Electric Car, a documentary narrated by Tim Robbins that chronicles the ruthless world of the auto industry. A closing-night gala showing of The Whale, narrated by Ryan Reynolds, affords viewers a heart-rending look into the story of a lost orca and the controversy his presence caused between the government, NGOs, and native tribes.
The Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival's ticket prices vary by time and day of showing.