When we launched Real Food Films, an international competition for short films on food, farming, and sustainability, we had a hunch that there were amazing stories—and gifted storytellers—that would submit powerful content. (We also secretly worried we might just be inundated with paeans to artisanal mayonnaise. Luckily, we were proven wrong.) The response knocked our socks off: over the course of three years, we received 440 film submissions from 34 states and 31 countries. Communities worldwide also hosted Pop-Up Film Fests, totaling more than 350 from Romania to Omaha.
We’ve collected the best of the bunch for you to view online, share, and use in community events, classrooms, workshops, and conferences. The more than 70 films featured in our online library have inspired people around the world to learn more about critical issues at the heart of our food system and to get active in new ways to build the food system we need.
Thanks to our fantastic judges, advisors, media partners, school ambassadors, and allies.
Whether it’s a backyard potluck, an office lunch film fest with colleagues, or a community-wide event, you can start by taking a peek at our Real Food Films Screening Guide to get some ideas, including film reels and discussion questions for the following themes:
- Food Worker Stories
- Youth, Schools & Education
- Biodiversity & Natural Resources
- Health, Hunger & Food Access
- Sustainable Agriculture & Rural Communities
- Urban Food, Farming & Community-Building
Working on Real Food Films, we heard one question loud and clear: how can I take action?
We took this to heart and got busy developing our new Organizing Toolkits. If you’re itching for more analysis, activities for engaging your group, and ways to take action for food system transformation—check out these resources to help you plan a more robust event and get active around one the following themes: