Organised by IGCAT
Our selection committee is looking for short food films to be included in the
Food Film Menu 2020!
By putting the spotlight on regional gastronomy, you and your short food film can play
a key role in raising awareness about the importance of cultural and food uniqueness,
and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Diverse food, food cultures, food traditions, and food knowledge have shaped through
centuries the cultural, architectural and landscape heritage of regions across the
globe, creating an incredible patchwork of unique food ways that deserve to be
safeguarded and showcased.
Globalisation and climate change are undeniably affecting biodiversity on our planet,
leading to a dramatic loss of local plant and animal varieties (and related traditional
know-how) that are the backbone of regional food cultures.
As more and more people move to globalised diets, it is vitally important to revalue
and promote local food as cultural heritage, as the way forward to ensure future
sustainable development and community well-being.
Unleash your creativity and become an ambassador for cultural and food diversity!


A total of 8 awards will be given in the framework of the Food Film Menu:

  1. Best Food Film showcasing the Regions of Gastronomy
  2. Best Food Film showcasing the European Young Chefs
  3. Best Food Film showcasing Food-related Visitor Experiences or Food Gifts from the Regions of Gastronomy
  4. Best Food Film highlighting Historical Food Routes
  5. Best Food Film showing New Food Trends
  6. Best Food Film on Environment and Food
  7. Best Food Film connecting to the United Nations SDGs
  8. Best Food Film Overall

The awards by category will be announced at a high-profile Region of Gastronomy event organised in Brussels (Belgium) towards the end of 2020 (circumstances permitting). The audience at this event will select the Best Food Film Overall and a trophy will be awarded.
All winning short films will be promoted and offered as a menu to film festivals in the 14 Regions of Gastronomy, including:

  • Astra Film Festival Sibiu (Romania)
  • Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival (Norway)
  • FoodFilmFestival in Aarhus (Denmark)
  • Girona Film Festival (Spain)

All winning short films will be permanently showcased in the Food Film Menu section on IGCAT’s website and YouTube channel, and promoted through IGCAT’s social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).

Your short film should be submitted in one or more of our seven categories. Choose the
ones that best suit your Food Story:

Each region has a unique identity that has been shaped through time by its food,
gastronomic traditions and landscape, together with the food ways of the communities
that have been inhabiting it in past and present times. Submit to this category if your
short film aims to convey the gastronomic identity and/or gastronomic innovations in
one of our Regions of Gastronomy. Your film should showcase the region, its people
and the multiple connections that food generates between them.

The European Young Chef Award is an annual competition between young chefs from
the European Regions of Gastronomy. Each one of them comes with a story about their
dish and what inspired them, told through a short film about the young chef, his/her
recipe and his/her region. Only videos about actual participants in one of the editions
of the European Young Chef Award will be accepted in this category.

A region’s food and cultural identity can be a unique selling point, provided that it is made
visible and effectively communicated to the visitor. Quality and surprising visitor
experiences related to regional gastronomy and local food gifts that can be purchased and
brought back home as reminders of the trip are powerful ways of keeping a region’s identity
alive and making it interesting for responsible tourists. If your short film highlights food-
related visitor experiences or food gifts from the Regions of Gastronomy, it should be
submitted to this category.

This category relates to the journey food may take from farm to fork and/or a journey
in time or a journey across territory. Taking inspiration from the Council of Europe’s
Cultural Routes. Filmmakers are asked to highlight food journeys or the relationship
between food and the Cultural Routes. Want to know more about the Council of
Europe’s Cultural Routes? Visit the dedicated website and get inspired!

Gastronomy represents a fertile land for innovation be it a brand-new food product or
service, a smart solution to reduce plastic or food waste, or the creative
reinterpretation of an old food tradition or practice. Short films in this category should
focus on what’s new out there that allures and surprises the contemporary foodies
while supporting sustainability, as well as food and cultural diversity.

If your food story concerns the environment and its preservation, this is your category!
We look for short films that put the spotlight on food-related environmental issues
including but not limited to biodiversity preservation, endangered animal and plant
varieties, pollution, climate change, plastic and food waste.

United Nations Member States adopted in 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development which is based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aimed to
achieve present and future prosperity for the planet and people. They tackle important
global challenges such as poverty, education, health, inequality, climate change and
biodiversity. As food plays a vital role in the road to achieve the SDGs, we look for short
films that give visibility to exciting food stories related to these ambitious objectives.
Want to know more about the SDGs? Visit the dedicated website and get inspired!

Current awarded and candidate Regions of Gastronomy:

  • CATALONIA, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2016 (Spain)
  • MINHO, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2016 (Portugal)
  • AARHUS-CENTRAL DENMARK, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2017 (Denmark)
  • EAST LOMBARDY, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2017 (Italy)
  • RIGA-GAUJA, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2017 (Latvia)
  • GALWAY-WEST OF IRELAND, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2018 (Ireland)
  • NORTH BRABANT, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2018 (The Netherlands)
  • SIBIU, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 (Romania)
  • SOUTH AEGEAN, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 (Greece)
  • KUOPIO, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2020 (Finland)
  • COIMBRA REGION, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021 (Portugal)
  • SLOVENIA, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021
  • MENORCA, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022 (Spain)
  • TRONDHEIM-TRØNDELAG, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022 (Norway)
  • BRAȘOV, European Region of Gastronomy candidate 2023 (Romania)
  • HAUTS-DE-FRANCE, European Region of Gastronomy candidate 2023 (France)

The Food Film Menu 2020 is organised and coordinated by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism (IGCAT). 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 Region of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge and the Top Visitor Experience.