A call for submissions to IGCAT’S Food Film Menu 2022 competition is now open to collect short food films that showcase awarded and candidate World and European Regions of Gastronomy and their culinary heritage.
The competition invites directors from around the world to share inspiring food stories from their regions by creatively depicting local food products, recipes, food producers, chefs, food traditions, food innovations, food techniques and practises, food landscapes or built heritage related to regional gastronomy.
The Food Film Menu 2022 includes 7 categories: Environment, Sustainability and Food; European Young Chefs; Food-related Visitor Experiences; Food Gifts; European Regions of Gastronomy; Potential, Candidate and Awarded World Regions of Gastronomy; and, new to this year’s edition, a category devoted to Young Farmers and Fishermen.
A jury of IGCAT experts in the food, culture and film sectors will elect one winner in each category. These 7 short films will form the Food Film Menu 2022, to be showcased in different film festivals across the globe.
IGCAT will also launch a people’s choice vote on Facebook to select the Best European Films Overall (3rd, 2nd and 1st prize) and Best World Films Overall (3rd, 2nd and 1st prize), 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.
According to director Ljubomir Stefanov, official ambassador for the project, “IGCAT’s Food Film Menu is a wonderful initiative that raises awareness about food’s vital role in local sustainable development.”
To increase the visibility of the Food Film Menu, IGCAT collaborates with several international film festival including: the FoodFilmFestival in Aarhus; Girona Film Festival; EATSA Art & Tourism Film Festival; ART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival; and Amorgos Tourism Film Festival.
The Food Film Menu 2022 call for submissions is available here.
Deadline: 16 August 2022
Watch the winners of the previous editions:
About the European/World Regions of Gastronomy
Candidate and awarded European/World Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to strengthen food security through the celebration of distinctive food cultures; create employment by stimulating creativity and gastronomic innovation; nourish children and adults through culinary and cultural education; drive environmental sustainability in tourism, hospitality and agricultural sectors; support balance and sustainable tourism practices; highlight and support expertise from within rural and urban communities, creating connections and sharing good practises; and contribute to community health and well-being.
IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to protect and promote distinct regional food, culture, arts and natural assets as part of sustainable and balanced tourism and development strategies. This is essential to safeguard our planet, health, wellness 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 founded the European and World Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World and European Regions of Gastronomy Platforms. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the World Food Gift Challenge, the Top Websites for Foodie Travelers Award and the Food Film Menu.