In the ancient Greek myths, ambrosia is the food or drink of the Greek gods, conferring longevity or immortality upon whoever consumed it. It was with ambrosia Hera "cleansed all defilement from her lovely flesh", and with ambrosia Athena prepared Penelope in her sleep, so that when she appeared for the final time before her suitors, the effects of years had been stripped away, and they were inflamed with passion at the sight of her.

The consumption of ambrosia was typically reserved for divine beings. In the Odyssey and the Iliad, Homer uses the word ambrosia for three things: the food of the Olympians, a salve used to treat corpses, and as a perfume to cover up the smell of uncured seal skins. Regardless of all this confusion, the word is now used metaphorically to mean anything so fragrant, so delicious that it seems divine "delightful food and drink".

Food and drink is a necessity of life, right? We are what we eat – mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. We live in a world of extremes with food starvation on one side to gluttony on the other. And yet there are those who live with abundance at their fingertips and the means to healthy and delicious meals yet chose to feast on empty nutrition. Small things can and do bring joy. Foodie loves both the simplicity and complexity of food and drink, respects food, eats mindfully, give thanks for every bite or sip, curious to know how food is prepared, preserved, and planted, always on the lookout to learn, grow, share, and serve.

Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival solely dedicated to films focused on food and drink, as well as those films, where food and drink is an important part of the synopsis (or may be for one memorable scene). We admit short and feature films, animation, documentary, web series, music video, how-to cooking and recipe video and commercials with, or about food/drink, cuisine, cooking, baking, restaurants, cafes, pubs, eating, drinking, tasting and/or meals, wine, tea, coffee and soft drinks, delicious dishes from upmarket restaurant with famous chef, fast food, vegetarian food, healthy food, simple food and street food.

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best TV Pilot/Web Series Episode
Best Music Video
Best Commercials
Best Mobile New Media
Best Director
Best Cinematography

Please read these rules & regulations for submission very carefully PRIOR to submitting your film for consideration. By submitting your film to Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival, you acknowledge that you have read and understand these conditions.

1. All Films must be about food or drink. If there is no food or drink (not even 1 second), the films will not be taken into consideration.

2. All entries must be in English or Russian (official languages of festival) or — SUBTITLED, DUBBED, regardless of the country of production, unless special arrangements have been made with festival.

3. We accept films only from authors or their authorized representatives who have the written permission from the author. All video, soundtrack, texts and music used in the film should not violate the copyright law. You may be asked to supply documentation supporting your claim. Violation of copyright is a sufficient justification for exclusion of the film from participation in the festival.

4. All films selected for screening grant Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival the right to use stills and excerpts of up to two minutes for promotional purposes. By sending your film to participate in our festival, you agree that your trailer will be uploaded to our website and our pages in social networks, as well as will be shown live on TV channels of partners of the Festival as a part of the festival exhibition.

5. Multiple entries are permissible, but each entry must be accompanied by a separate Entry and fee. – There is no limit as to how many films you can submit. However, each film can only be submitted once in one single category. If your film is suiting in more than one category, then please choose the one you find most suiting.

6. There are no premiere requirements. Your film may have screened before.

7. Films that have distribution are still eligible for submission.

8. Films that have been broadcast on television, and/or are available to view in full online, are still eligible for submission.

9. All documentary, animation, fiction films, created by professionals and enthusiasts not earlier than January 1, 2012 are welcome to participate in the contest.

10. Submissions will not be returned. All fees are nonrefundable.

11. Submitting is not a guarantee of being programmed. Our jury screens the films PRIVATELY (meaning: it’s not a public screening!). Only officially selected films we’ll screen at our annual event.

12. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained regarding non selected films. The decision off festival selection committee will be final.

Overall Rating
  • Wei Zheng

    I really like the theme of the festival and how well it has been organized. Despite Covid-19, they managed the screening and even offered us the Russian subtitles. I love to attend the festival next year.

    December 2020
  • We were very glad to have our film at such a unique fest! Niche festivals like this are pretty great. I'm glad they worked out a way to safely hold the festival even amidst COVID and I'm thankful that they were able to work with me in English. I do wish that there was more opportunity for networking, but this was likely hindered by the COVID changes.

    December 2020
  • Giorgio Fontana

    I was unable to attend but my family went and they were impressed by the high quality of the work shown . I'm honored that I won a prize and I will surely submit my next film to this festival.

    November 2020
  • So awesome that I've won Best commercial! The communication was great!

    November 2020
  • I wish I was able to attend in person, but great that this festival could happen during Covid. I wish I had more access to what was going on during the screening such as by zoom. I was impressed with the programming.

    November 2020