Deadline: April 12, 2021

The 2021 edition of the Planetary Health Film Lab is an intensive program designed for youth who have a story to tell about climate change and health and want to do so through film.

During a week-long virtual workshop, a group of Indigenous participants from the Circumpolar Arctic will learn to effectively tell stories that communicate data, research, and life experiences related to global and planetary health. The workshop teaches specific theories, techniques, and modes of social issue filmmaking and provides hands-on experience with new digital technologies and platforms.

During the program, participants produce documentary short films that will be featured on the websites of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, and the Youth Climate Report, influential platforms used as a resource by policymakers. The films will be presented at this year’s UN climate summit, COP26, to be held in Glasgow, Scotland (pandemic permitting) and directly contribute to progressive policy creation on a global scale.

Program Overview

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants are expected to have learned:

  • how the documentary film is used as an influential communications tool for environmental activism
  • to produce digital media projects and GIS maps
  • the value and process of collaborative filmmaking
  • to conduct professional interviews with researchers and practitioners
  • oral presentation skills
  • Planetary Health research and how research can influence policy and practice


Participants will create short documentary films about planetary health and the impacts of climate change on human health and wellbeing in their community. General themes are Planetary HealthGlobal Health and HumanitarianismGlobal Health Foresighting, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The films may tell a narrative and/or communicate research which touches on any of the following:

  • the relationship between environmental and human health
  • specific issues created or exacerbated by climate change such as water safety, displacement, conflict, food shortages, changing patterns of infectious diseases, floods and droughts
  • how the humanitarian sector is responding to climate change
  • innovative or creative solutions to climate change
  • innovative or creative health adaptations to climate change impacts
  • visions for a healthier future and how to get there
  • how the participants’ community is adhering to one or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


The Planetary Health Film Lab this year is intended for Indigenous youth in the Circumpolar Arctic who are interested in using their filmmaking skills (videography & film editing) to tell stories about climate change’s impact on planetary health as well as human health and wellbeing in their community.

We are interested in bringing together Indigenous youth from the Arctic in Canada and internationally, who bring a diversity of lived experiences and perspectives.

Above all, we are looking for youth with a passion for storytelling through film and are experiencing the urgency of environmental impacts in their home communities.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Indigenous youth between 18 – 30 years old, residing in the Circumpolar Arctic;
  • proficient in written and spoken English;
  • have experience in producing videos using their own cell phones or video cameras;
  • have experience in editing videos using their own computers and editing software;
  • able to complete their projects by the deadline identified by the program.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: April 12, 2021
  • Virtual Workshop: June 7 to 14, 2021
  • Production: June 14 to July 5, 2021
  • Post Production: July 12 to July 26, 2021
  • Elder Approval: July 17 to July 26, 2021
  • Virtual Film Festival: July 26, 2021

2021 Application is now open!

Applications for the 2021 Planetary Health Film Lab is now open, apply via the following link:

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