Call open for the Food Film Menu 2021!

After a successful first edition in 2020, IGCAT has opened a new call for submissions to the Food Film Menu 2021 competition to collect short food films that showcase awarded and candidate Regions of Gastronomy and their culinary heritage.

The competition challenges directors from all over the globe to creatively unveil the countless, fascinating food stories that their regions hold. Local food products, recipes, food producers, chefs, food traditions, food innovations, food techniques and practises, food landscapes or built heritage related to regional gastronomy are only a few of the eligible protagonists of the short films IGCAT seeks.

The Food Film Menu 2021 includes 8 categories: Regions of Gastronomy; European Young Chefs; Food-related Visitor Experiences or Food Gifts from the Regions of Gastronomy; Historical Food Routes; New Food Trends; Environment and Food; Food and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; and, new to this year’s edition, a category devoted to Candidate World Regions of Gastronomy, that welcomes food stories coming from all continents.

A committee of IGCAT experts in the food, culture and film sectors will select one winning short film in each category and these will form the Food Film Menu 2021, to be showcased in different film festivals across Europe.

IGCAT will also launch a people’s choice vote on Facebook to elect the Overall Winner of the Food Film Menu 2021 and two runners-up, to be announced at a high-profile event next Autumn (circumstances permitting).

IGCAT’s Food Film Menu contributes to internationally promote local food products, know-how, traditions and new trends related to gastronomy and crafts; encourage film directors to become ambassadors for their regions; and stimulate awareness of food and cultural diversity.

The Food Film Menu 2021 call for submissions is available here.

Deadline: 16 August 2021

About the Regions of Gastronomy Platform   

Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness; stimulate creativity and gastronomic innovation; educate for better nutrition; improve sustainable tourism standards; highlight distinctive food cultures; and strengthen community well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the European and WorldRegions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the European Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.