The International Vegan Film Festival (IVFF) is a trailblazing event dedicated to celebrating the vegan ideal: a healthier, compassionate, environmentally friendly lifestyle that can be achieved through the consumption of plants and animal-free alternatives.

As the number of people who call themselves vegan grows exponentially around the world (a 500% increase in the last three years in the US), there is a huge appetite for information and insights into all aspects of vegan life: from the ethics of animal farming to the environmental and health benefits that come with a shift to plant-based eating.

The International Vegan Film Festival, the world's first and largest vegan film festival, will host its fifth annual Festival in Toronto on November 6th, 2023.

It will not only showcase the talents of extraordinary filmmakers but serve as a crucial link connecting the global community of vegans and inspiring non-vegans to make kinder and more informed food choices.

Films entered in the competition will also be considered for inclusion in our World Tour program that as the potential to reach a global audience. Short films are particularly popular for the programming flexibility they provide. If you are submitting a longer film into the competition, you may wish to also enter a shorter version for both Festival and World Tour consideration (special edit or excerpt, 5 to 20 minutes long is typically best). If your film is selected for the World Tour, our team will contact you to arrange a separate licensing agreement.

Awards are presented in six categories


Best Vegan-Themed Feature Film (45 minutes)

Health and Nutrition: Exploring the positive benefits of a vegan diet and what's involved in "going vegan"

Environmental Protection: How meat production harms the planet, and how plant-based eating can help to save it

Animal Advocacy: How eating plants can break the chain of suffering that is endemic in factory farming and the role of animal activists'

Lifestyle: Vegan choices in clothing, travel and highlighting the ways that vegans spread their message through - activism, art, community etc.

Public Service Announcement (PSA): A short message in the public interest disseminating information quickly and efficiently, with the objective of raising awareness of, and changing public attitudes and behaviour towards, a social issue.

1. Individual films can be entered into several categories and filmmakers may submit more than one film.
2. Film Festival reserves the right to make the final decision on the category of any film entered.
3. Awards may be presented to the director or the producer of the film. There is no guarantee that the jury will award a prize if its members do not feel that the work is of the quality required.
4. Winners will be announced during the award ceremonies on Saturday, November 4, 2023. The jury reserves the right to not present an award, and its decisions will be final.
5. A non-refundable fee of $40.00 must accompany each submission. It will be used to defray the cost of producing the Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival.

Please ensure you read the Rules and Terms in their entirety as the dispatching of any entry to the International Vegan Film Festival implies acceptance of these procedures and regulations by the Entrant:

1. Completed films need to be uploaded at the time of entry. We do not accept rough cuts, trailers, or unfinished projects and are unable to consider new versions of films once they are entered.
2. Films produced in the years 2022 and 2023 are eligible for competition.
3. The same film may be entered into several Festival categories.
4. Entries can be of any duration - in either narrative, story, animated or experimental-art form - and can be submitted by professional or amateur filmmakers.
5. Screening fees will not be paid by the Festival.
6. Filmmakers from any country may enter the Festival and are encouraged to attend the Festival.
7. Entries with soundtracks in any language other than English MUST have English subtitles, be dubbed in English, or be accompanied by an English translation of the dialogue and/or narration. We recommend a sans-serif font with maximum readability against both light and dark backgrounds.
8. Screening fees will not be paid by the Festival.
9. All films submitted will be considered for subsequent screenings. If your film is selected, we will contact you to arrange a separate licensing agreement.
10. The Entrant grants the Festival and its successors, licensees and the right to copy and version the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the Festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.
11. The Entrant grants the Festival and its successors, licensees the right to use up to five minutes from the entry AND accompanying photos submitted to the Festival for promotional purposes of the Festival and its activities in or through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe.
12. An admission charge will be made to the public in order to defray the costs of the Festival.
13. By submitting a film, the applicant represents that he or she has obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film whose consent is required to submit the film to the Festival and screen the film at the (theatre & virtual) Festival, and has read, understood and agreed to the Terms.
14. All participants release the Festival, sponsors and their affiliates, partners and employees from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action for third-party claims (including intellectual property claims), personal injury and/or damage, theft, or loss suffered in connection with this Festival or the use or acceptance of the prize or any portion thereof.
15. If the Festival is made aware of any concerns that a film does not constitute the original work of the applicant, then the Festival has the right to contact the applicant and ask for evidence of the contrary. After careful consideration of said evidence, the Festival’s decision to allow the film to remain in the official selection or not is in its sole discretion and is final.
16. The Festival may accept late submissions in its sole and absolute discretion. The Festival may also invite certain films and filmmakers, at its sole and absolute discretion.
17. The Entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters will be decided by Festival organizers or the Festival jury at their sole discretion.
18. The Rules and Terms & Conditions are subject to Canadian law and any dispute that is not resolved by consultation between the parties shall be referred to the courts of Ontario, Canada.

Normally, we cannot accept late film entries into the competition due to the timing of our programming logistics. However, if you feel strongly that your project is a worthy candidate and that the final version of your film will be completed by 1st August 2022, you may apply for a late entry and we will consider your application. To request details and an application form, please email In the meantime, please do not enter unfinished films, rough cuts or trailers into the competition as we can only accept completed films. Inquiries made after 1st July 2023 will not be considered.

Filmmakers are required to submit their film via FilmFreeway prior to midnight, 1st July 2022 (Pacific time). Please submit a H.264 in either a .mov or .mp4 format using whatever frame rate your project was edited in. The target data rate should be about 4Mbps and the size of the image should be 960x540. Audio should be encoded as AAC at about 160kbps. If your film is selected as a finalist, you may be required to provide a high-resolution master via Signiant Media Shuttle and you will be contacted by the Festival with instructions on how to upload your film.

The Festival reserves the right to refuse films without English voiceover or subtitles as Finalists. Subtitles must be part of the video image.

If your film is selected as a finalist, you will be asked to provide at least three (3) high-resolution images from the film to be reproduced, published, and/or exhibited for promotional purposes as they pertain to the International Vegan Film Festival. To help us promote your film, we will require URLs to 2 trailers for public viewing; 1 short version 15-60 seconds and 1 longer (over 60 seconds) that will be used on our various marketing platforms.

The Entrant agrees to indemnify International Vegan Film Festival, their respective successors, assigns, licensees, and their respective officers, directors, members, agents, and employees and hold them harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal fees) and penalties arising out of, resulting from, based upon or incurred because of a breach by the Entrant of any statement, representation or warranty made by the Entrant in this entry form.

By entering the film competition, the Entrant represents and warrants that:
a) The Entrant hereby grants International Vegan Film Festival the rights to use the film as outlined in this entry form.
b) It owns all rights, title, and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the film being submitted to the Festival and has the right to distribute, exhibit, and promote the film in or through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe.
c) All music licenses (including, without limitation, all synchronization, mechanical and master-use licenses, as applicable) have been obtained and all payments have been made that are required for the public performance of the music incorporated in the film.
d) No material in the film being submitted by the Entrant to the Festival is libellous or is slanderous or defamatory or violates any right of privacy or publicity of any person, and the full use of the rights in such film will not violate any rights, including copyright or moral rights, of any person, firm or corporation.
e) To the extent that the Film Producer may now or in the future be entitled to any so-called moral, author’s or similar rights in the film pursuant to the Copyright Act (Canada) or otherwise, the Producer hereby irrevocably waives and relinquishes all such rights in favour of the Festival and its assignees and licensees to the fullest extent permitted by law.
f) By entering the Vegan Film Competition, the entrant acknowledges and agrees to all entry Rules and Terms.

Overall Rating
  • It was amazing that my debut short film 'Saved by Jane' was selected to be screened in the animals advocacy category at this years festival!

    Well done to the worthy winners and thanks to Shawn and Annie for creating a festival for vegan themed films!

    November 2022
  • Paula Fouce

    The International Vegan Film Festival is stellar! The Staff is superb, they also have a global touring schedule afterwards that really connects with audiences to spread the word about important films and issues. Shawn is extemely helpful and the public on social media is excited about this Festival!

    November 2021
  • The International Vegan Film Festival was an outstanding event that welcomed several amazing films in 2020, which touched upon several important topics around the wellbeing and protection of sentient beings.

    The management behind the festival was very communicative and active on social media to help support my film, which I genuinely appreciated. I would definitely encourage other filmmakers to apply to this top-quality film festival, which still in its early years, has built up a solid reputation.

    December 2020
  • Jonathan Rosenberry

    I found this festival to be extremely well organized and I was very impressed with how they made it work this year given that it needed to be virtual. The director of the festival, Shawn, was wonderful to work with and very responsive with is communication.

    October 2020
  • Roisin McAuley

    A fantastic festival celebrating vegan film-making. The festival adapted incredibly well to the challenges brought by Covid-19. The organisers were passionate and excited during the planning, and organised and responsive during the festival. I would highly recommend!

    October 2020