The World Food Forum is pleased to announce the launch of its Fourth Annual Film Festival! The short film competition has been successfully run for three years, including the first in person awards ceremony held at the FAO Headquarters in Rome in 2022. It has now become one of the quickest growing food focused film festivals in the world and has made a splash in the industry. See the winners of past editions here.

This year, the competition will feature five categories, featuring this year’s new category, ‘Best Focus on Innovation.

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 about 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,

Celebrate the work of inspiring people who, from farm to fork, participate in making healthy food available on everyone’s plates,

Highlight the 2024 WFF theme: Good food for all, today and tomorrow.

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 from14-18 October 2024, 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 2024, allowing the artists to promote their work, gain visibility, and facilitate networking with other attending independent filmmakers and participants.

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

Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, 17 April 2024 until 23:00 (CEST) on Wednesday, 17 July 2024.
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 2021 and 2024.
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
  • What I love most about the festival are the overall topic and the focused categories. I followed the festival via social media. It seemed like an amazing opportunity to share films with a highly motivated and committed bunch of young people working towards a better planet. Congratulations!

    October 2023
  • Great experience participating in this festival, happy to have been among the finalists of the festival with the documentary The Water Battle in Ouro Preto

    October 2023
  • 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