International support for IGCAT’s Food Film Menu increases

IGCAT’s Food Film Menu gained further international support upon signing a new collaboration agreement with the NNLE Youth Palace of Zugdidi Municipality in Georgia.

On 3 August 2022, the Youth Palace launched a call with the aim to select local short food films to be submitted to IGCAT’s international competition. The call is organised in collaboration with the Zugdidi Municipality City Hall in the framework of the Zugdidi Culture Development Strategy.

“Participating in IGCAT’s Food Film Menu is an opportunity for our local directors to represent our city, region and country on one of the largest sustainable tourism and gastronomy platforms” said Salome Gardava, Head of the Department of Youth Program Management and Strategic Development at the Youth Palace.

The institution is also planning a screening of IGCAT’s international Food Film Menu winners in October 2022.

NNLE Youth Palace of Zugdidi Municipality is an extra-curricular, multi-profile, educational institution that offers free-time activities for young people to explore their creative potential and develop their professional skills in various fields of art, such as Georgian folklore, music, choreography, sports, dance, theatre and visual arts. It also offers professional training in technology, literature, arts and youth journalism.

About IGCAT’s Food Film Menu

IGCAT’s international Food Film Menu is a collection of short food films that showcase awarded, candidate and potential World and European Regions of Gastronomy and their culinary heritage to raise awareness about the importance of food and cultural diversity for community well-being and a more sustainable future.

IGCAT’s Food Film Menu promotes internationally local food products, know-how, traditions and new trends related to gastronomy and crafts; encourages film directors to become ambassadors for their regions; and stimulates 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 including: Menorca International Film Festival; the FoodFilmFestival in Aarhus; Girona Film FestivalEATSA Art & Tourism Film FestivalART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival; and Amorgos Tourism Film Festival.

About the World/European Regions of Gastronomy

Candidate and awarded 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; 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 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.