A call for submissions to IGCAT’s International Food Film Menu 2023 competition is now open to collect short food films that showcase the culinary heritage of regions from across the globe.
The competition welcomes 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.
Eligible topics in the Food Film Menu 2023 include: Environment, sustainability and food; Young farmers, fishermen and beekeepers; Food-related visitor experiences; Food and craft artisanal gifts; Young chef ambassadors; World and European Regions of Gastronomy nominated, candidate and/or awarded.
A jury of IGCAT experts in the food, culture and film sectors will elect up to 10 best films, as well as award the Best Young Director. All the selected short films will form the Food Film Menu 2023, to be showcased in different film festivals throughout the globe.
IGCAT will then launch a people’s choice vote on Facebook to select the Public’s Favourite Films.
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 including: the FoodFilmFestival in Aarhus; Girona Film Festival; EATSA Art & Tourism Film Festival; ART&TUR International Tourism Film Festival; Amorgos Tourism Film Festival; and Menorca International Film Festival.
The Food Film Menu 2023 call for submissions is available here.
Deadline: 18 August 2023
Watch the winners of the previous editions:
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.