Cinema Planeta, Environmental International Film Festival of Mexico.


Cinema Planeta organizes Mexico’s premier environmental film festival to promote the protection of our natural environment. Every year since 2009, Cinema Planeta presents hundreds of films that address interconnected social, environmental, science, economic, and cultural topics. The film festival now goes beyond just the cinema, offering the audience participative experiences through movie clubs, discussions with directors, conferences, workshops, art exhibits, public open-air movie showings, concerts, and science and technology fairs. Cinema Planeta’s national and international tours help to educate diverse audiences about relevant environmental themes and promote the Mexican cinema.

Cinema Planeta is an award-winning not-for-profit organization that was presented with the 2010 National Award for Environmental Conservation by the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) in Mexico.


This year we open the call for films that wish to participate in the 12th edition of the International Film and Environment Festival of Mexico, Cinema Planeta, to be held in April 2020.


Awards & Prizes


International Feature Documentary

Cinema Planeta awards this prize annually to the best international film production addressing environmental issues. This recognition seeks to raise awareness for our blue planet, through the best of world cinema. Films produced between 2018 – 2020 will be accepted in this call and should address environmental issues in a broad sense, including the relationship between human beings and their environment. (50,000 Mexican Pesos)


Mexican Feature Documentary

During the festival’s 10-year anniversary in 2018, Cinema Planeta opened a new competitive category, which seeks to reward the best of the Mexican environmental documentary. This award recognizes works of Mexican directors or Mexican productions that address issues of fundamental importance and that deserve greater circulation to the wider public. The Eugenio Polgovsky Prize, inspired by the Mexican director’s distinctive body of work, will be awarded to an original and poetic national production based around an environmental theme.


Works produced between 2018 – 2020 will be accepted in this call and should address environmental issues in a broad sense, including the relationship between human beings and their environment. (50,000 Mexican Pesos)


River Basin Section “Cuenca”

Created in 2016, this section of the Environmental International Film Festival of Mexico, Cinema Planeta, supports the cinematographic production of works made in the Balsas River Basin. Production of the documentaries should be located in the following states: Tlaxcala, Puebla, Oaxaca, Morelos, Guerrero, Michoacán, the State of Mexico or Jalisco. Works produced between 2018 – 2020 will be accepted in this call and should address environmental issues in a broad sense, including the relationship between human beings and their environment. Winner will receive all money collected from a crowdfunding campaign (typically around 20,000 Mexican pesos)



Rules & Terms.

1. For the official selection feature documentary films, productions from 2018-2020, concerning a wide range of environmental topics, including the relationship between human beings and their environment, will be considered.

2. Submitted films should not have been previously commercially exhibited in Mexico.

3. The submission deadline for the competition selection is January 15th, 2020 at 23:50 hours.

4. All material must be presented in its original version, with subtitles in Spanish or English.

5. The final display formats are: DCP*, BluRay, QT H.264 or Apple ProRes. Any other format will need a special authorization.

*If it is a DCP format, you will also need to send a BluRay for display in rooms that do not have DCP compliant equipment.

6. For registration, the films must send the film in a downloadable file, subtitle .srt file, stills, press kit, semblance and photo of the director and fill out the complete film infobox in the registration format.

7. The festival will use film stills and short clips from the movies for promotional purposes.

8. The selected films will compete for the following awards:



B).- JURY PRIZE FOR BEST MEXICAN FILM (50,000 Mexican Pesos)

*YOUTH and AUDIENCE awards apply to the two competitive sections above.


C).- JURY PRIZE FOR THE BEST MOVIE IN THE RIVER BASIN SECTION (Winner will receive all money collected from a crowdfunding campaign, typically around 20,000 Mexican pesos).

D) The winning films will be invited to screen in Guadalajara International Film Festival’s Socio-Environmental section .

E) One of the winning films will be selected to compete for the 2020 Green Film Network Award, a prize awarded by the World Network of Environmental Festivals (Green Film Network) for the best environmental film worldwide.

9. The decision of the Jury board is indisputable.

10. Cinema Planeta will not pay ANY fee for the exhibition of Official Competition films.

11. In order to disseminate and raise awareness about environmental issues, Cinema Planeta performs screenings for cultural and educational purposes for schools, universities, festivals, institutions, cultural centers and non-governmental organizations in Mexico and in member countries of our network, as well in our Online platform. The selected films will be chosen to be part of a traveling festival in the course of 2020 and early 2021. The organizers of Cinema Planeta will communicate in advance to directors and/or producers and distributors the dates and places of each projection. They will also be considered for inclusion in educational programs for the Online platform or the POP Movement (Protect Our Planet) in Mexico that seeks to inspire young people to collaborate with local solutions to global warming. All screenings Online or during this traveling festival and POP programs will be free of charge to the public.

12. The selected films will be notified by Cinema Planeta´s Programming Department no latter than Tuesday, April 7th 2020.

13. All the materials and information requested during the submission process should be submitted no latter than 10 days after the personal notification. Films with incomplete information and materials will be disqualified.

14. Registration must be done through the platforms:



15. The cost of registration will be:

  • 14USD for international feature films
  • 10USD for Mexican feature films
  • 5USD for River Basin Section
  • 5USD for international short films
  • 3USD for Mexican short films

16. Short films will be accepted in both categories with a duration of less than 45 minutes and although they will not be eligible for prizes, they will be eligible for selection within the program of the festival’s 2020 edition.

17. Any matter not contemplated in this call will be solved by the Organizing Committee

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