Planetary Health Film Lab seeks applications from Indigenous youth

Youth Climate Report filmmakers

The Planetary Health Film Lab, now in its second year, is a week-long virtual workshop designed for youth who have a story to tell about climate change and health, and want to do so through film. Last year, the program included participants from Italy, India, Australia, Ecuador and Colombia. This year, the lab is seeking Indigenous youth, ages 18 to 30, residing in Canada and the circumpolar Arctic.

Planetary Health Film Lab poster

Taking place on the week of Aug. 16, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council-funded program provides participants with training to create documentary short films related to climate change’s impact on planetary health, human health, and well-being in their home countries and communities. The workshop teaches theories, techniques and modes of social-issue filmmaking, and provides hands-on experience with new digital technologies and platforms.

All films produced in the lab 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. They will also be presented at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland (pandemic permitting) in November.

Applications are now open for this free, remote workshop. Apply by Monday, May 31 at

The Planetary Health Film Lab is run out of York University’s Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research. More information on the program can be found at