There’s a growing conversation about food; we want to know what we are eating, whether it’s healthy, where it comes from, who made or grew it, and if it’s sustainable. The food-consciousness movement is a powerful force, and we feel it needs a creative outlet. We include both food and farming in our festival, as neither is complete without the other, and hope to offer films in all styles on all subjects, from around the world. As a festival focused on food would not be complete without a few tasty bites, we asked local chefs to create pairings for each day’s films.

The festival will take place on October 17th at the radical and independent Roxie theater in San Francisco, in partnership with Bi-Rite Market. Festival proceeds will support 18 Reasons, a San Francisco-based non-profit that offers hands-on food experiences to all Bay Area residents.

The Food & Farm Film Fest offers a place for the food and art worlds of San Francisco to collide. We’re in this to have fun, as well as ask tough questions about our food system. We want this festival to be a celebration of food and farming and film, as well as a challenge to our ideas about how we think about food and farms. The result will be delicious and entertaining, and we hope to see you at the theater.

The Food & Farm Film Festival showcases new films related to food and farming. We are looking for short films as well as features, especially films that have not been side by a wide audience. Documentaries, animated films, and fiction films will all be considered. Our goal is to offer a wide variety of perspectives on food & farming.

We cannot currently offer to pay for travel expenses, but all filmmakers selected for the festival will receive two free tickets.

All entries must be submitted by September 1, 2018. Rough cuts or works-in-progress are accepted and reviewed. However, filmmakers are urged to submit as close to the final cut as possible. All entrants will be notified of the Festival’s decision by October 1, 2018.

FINAL: September 1, 2018

For review purposes, entries must be submitted either on DVD (region 0 or 1), as a digital file, or as an online screener with a link. Test your DVD on several makes and models of players before submitting it. Only one entry on a DVD, please.

All non–English language entries must have English subtitles for preview and for Festival presentation.

The Festival is unable to waive entry fees or provide discounts beyond those indicated. Entry fees are not refundable. You may submit any number of titles. However, a separate entry form, preview copy and entry fee are required for each title. If the Festival determines a work is entered in the wrong category and needs to reassign it, any discrepancy in entry fees between the categories must be paid by the entrant.

Ship your DVD in a bubble-pack envelope in a plastic safe case. A fiberpack envelope can cause damage to disks as well as DVD decks. All shipping costs to San Francisco must be borne by the sender. All tapes must indicate title, shipper’s name and return shipping address. We recommend that entries from outside the U.S. be sent Air Mail Registered or by parcel or express service. We cannot accept entries shipped via air freight if customs and delivery fees have not been prepaid.

Entries will not be returned. Every reasonable effort is made to protect screeners from damage or loss, but the Festival, its management and its juries cannot assume liability for damage or loss.

In 2016, the Food & Farm Film Fest is partnering with the Real Food Media Contest to help Contest winners reach new audiences. The Real Food Media Contest accepts films of 4 minutes or less that have not been previously screened in public. Films may take any form, and address any issue relevant to sustainable food systems. Please visit to learn more about the contest. If you plan to submit your film to the Real Food Media Contest, please be sure to read their Terms and Conditions first:

Overall Rating
  • Lani Cupchoy

    From the screening to networking after, the energy and support of our film was an amazing experience. Grateful to have had our documentary selected.

    October 2019