The World Food Forum is pleased to announce the launch of its Third Annual Film Festival! The short film competition has been successfully run for two years, including the first in person awards ceremony held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome in 2022. This year, the competition will feature five categories, a cash prize of USD 1000 and a special possibility for films to be featured on board Italy’s top airline, ITA Airways.
Are you a young filmmaker who wants to tell the world stories that will inspire behavioural change and play an essential role in transforming our agrifood systems? Now is the time to submit your short film. We are looking for inspiring stories, both fiction and non-fiction, that will trigger a positive impact in the areas of food security, nutrition, gastronomy and more to facilitate agrifood systems transformation.
For this short film competition, the WFF is looking for filmmakers who will:
raise awareness of, and create greater interest in, issues relating to agrifood systems, such as food security, healthy diets, planet friendly agriculture, food supply chain imperfections, food loss and waste, sustainable packaging, the impact of the agrifood sector on people’s lives, sustainable socio-economic development and more
promote new and innovative solutions to address the challenges facing agrifood systems; and/or celebrate the work of inspiring people who, from farm to fork, participate in making healthy food available on everyone’s plates
highlight the 2023 WFF theme: Food Action Accelerates Climate Action
The directors of the five winning films will receive a cash prize and their films will be featured during the World Food Forum flagship event in Rome from 16 to 20 October 2023, allowing the artists to promote their work, gain visibility and network with global participants.

The authors of the five winning films will receive a cash prize and their films will also be featured during the World Food Forum flagship event in Rome in October 2023, allowing the artists to promote their work, gain visibility, and facilitate networking with other attending independent filmmakers and participants. They will also have the chance to have their films featured on ITA Airways in-flight entertainment systems.

The five winners will be judged based on the following categories:

Submission dates and deadlines: Submissions will be accepted from 18:00 (CEST) on Thursday, 25 May 2023 until 18:00 (CEST) on Friday, 25 August 2023.
Film eligibility (content and format): Submissions (either fiction or documentary) should be between 5 and 30 minutes long and are limited to one per individual entrant. In addition, they should have a focus on agrifood systems. Films submitted must be a final, edited product; sound-mixed, color-graded and optimized for online streaming. Rough cuts are not accepted. Films shot with smartphones are accepted.
Film eligibility (production): You must own all the rights to the film. Films accepted can be either:
▫ original productions developed for this competition, or
▫ existing productions made between 2020 and 2023.
Film eligibility (language): Films in English or in original language with mandatory English subtitles are accepted.
Where to submit: Films should be submitted through the FilmFreeway WFF Film Competition website in the following format: 720p H264 mp4. If your film is selected you will be requested to submit a high-definition file.
Terms and Conditions: You must read and agree to the detailed Terms and conditions. By submitting entries to the call, the entrant confirms that the rules for the competition, including the general rules, and copyright and privacy policies have been read, understood and agreed to by the entrant.
Fee: Participation is free of charge.

Read full terms and conditions here:

Overall Rating
  • It was an absolute honour being part of this prestigious festival, and to be awarded for my film "Ulwandle Lushile - meeting the tides". Thank you so much!

    October 2021
  • Great festival! Thank you for selecting our short film Homemade Cookies to participate to your festival and give us the Performance Award! It's a great honor for us!

    October 2021