Food Film Menu 2023 – Best Food Film showcasing Food and Craft Gifts

The short film Gold from the Island Kingdom from Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, is the winner of the Food and Craft Gifts category of IGCAT’s International Food Film Menu 2023.

Rumours of several exclusive food treasures on the islands of Hitra and Frøya (Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022) lead to an extensive treasure hunt. With the help of a map, the hunters succeed in finding such treasures, and the Smaker fra Øyriket network collects all of them in one treasure chest named Gold from the Island Kingdom, that received the Best Tasting award in IGCAT’s World Food Gift Challenge 2022.

Directed and produced by Håvard Dyrø, Gold from the Island Kingdom was selected by an international jury of IGCAT experts as the best short film featuring one or more Food and Craft Gifts, highlighting quality and surprising artisanal products related to the gastronomy of the Trondheim-Trøndelag region.

“Good storytelling through the idea of a treasure hunt. This short film shows a variety of food products in the area and a great example of collaboration between producers,” affirmed jury member Virginie Brégeon.

“A great storyline, a funny beginning to engage the audience, uplifting images and music … All top ingredients for an excellent short film that puts the spotlight on the local food producers,” stated jury member Raúl Torres.

The international jury of IGCAT’s International Food Film Menu 2023 included: Mai Damgaard Rasmussen (Denmark), Director of the FoodFilmFestival of Aarhus and Chair of the jury; Lluís Valentí, Director of the Girona Film Festival (Spain); Irene Giannakopoulos, Founder and President of Amorgos International Film Festival (Greece); Robert Palmer (Scotland), independent consultant  and former Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage at the Council of Europe; Virginie Brégeon de Saint-Quentin, expert in design, marketing and artistic direction (France); and Raúl Torres Ajiaco, Communications Manager and Digital Content Creator at IGCAT (Colombia).

An online public’s vote is open (10-17 October 2023) to select the Public’s Favourite Film, that will be announced together with 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize at the 35th Girona Film Festival (Catalonia, World Region of Gastronomy awarded 2025) on 11 November 2023.

Watch all category winners of the Food Film Menu 2023 and vote!

About IGCAT’s International Food Film Menu

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 festivals and cultural institutions including: the FoodFilmFestival in Aarhus; Girona Film FestivalEATSA Art & Tourism Film FestivalART&TUR International Tourism Film FestivalAmorgos Tourism Film FestivalMenorca International Film Festival; and NNLE Youth Palace of Zugdidi Municipality in Georgia.

Watch the winners of the previous editions:

Food Film Menu 2022

Food Film Menu 2021

Food Film Menu 2020

About the World/European Regions of Gastronomy

World/European 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; driving environmental sustainability in tourism, hospitality and agricultural sectors; supporting balance and sustainable tourism practices; highlighting and supporting expertise from within rural and urban communities, creating connections and sharing good practices; and contributing to community health and well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance of protecting and promoting distinct regional food, culture, arts and natural assets as part of sustainable and balanced tourism and development strategies. This is essential to safeguarding 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 World/European Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World/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 international Food Film Menu.