PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCING THE REAL FOOD FILMS 2016 FINALISTS
April 1, 2016
Christina Bronsing-Lazalde, Real Food Media
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REAL FOOD FILMS CONTEST ANNOUNCES TOP 10 FILMS
FOR 2016 FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY SHORT FILM COMPETITION
FEATURING 40 MINUTES OF FILMS THAT STIR HEARTS,
MINDS – AND STOMACHS – FOR A BETTER FOOD SYSTEM.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Real Food Films Contest is pleased to announce the outstanding finalists in its third short films competition featuring stories about food, farming, and sustainability. From the depths of fishing in Thailand, to the true grit of Alabama, the changing climate of maple syrup and creative ways to quell hunger, the ten finalist films cover a broad range of topics in today’s growing good food movement. A panel of judges, including Padma Lakshmi, Raj Patel, Susan Ungaro, and chef Tom Colicchio, will select the Grand Prize winner, first runner up, and special awards. Online voting, starting today, will determine the “People’s Choice Award” at www.realfoodfilms.org.
The 2016 Finalists were selected from 160 submissions representing filmmakers from 20 countries in this year’s first ever call for entries outside of the U.S. and Canada. Diverse formats include documentary to advocacy to spoken word. Films are all four minutes or under and feature original voices and stunning cinematography that lean toward the get-your-hands-dirty stories at the heart of the food movement over the perfectly styled plates of restaurateurs. Top 10 short films eloquently capture action in the food system from down the block and around the globe.
This year’s finalists include:
- Everybody Eats | Boone, North Carolina | USA
- Mindful Vineyards | Napa Valley, California | USA
- Farmed with Love | Outskirts of Shanghai, China
- A Sustainable Catch | Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand
- McEwen & Sons True Grits | Wilsonville, Alabama | USA
- Naturali Tea | Fujieda, Japan
- Saving Sap | Loudon, New Hampshire | USA
- The Kelly Street Garden | South Bronx, New York City | USA
- Home Flavored | Oakland, California | USA
- Beyond the Seal | El Oro Province, Ecuador
Prize winners will be announced on May 2, 2016 and include a $5,000 Grand Prize, a new $5,000 Lens on Hunger Award, as well as $5,000 more in awards for best student film, best cinematography, and more. All winning films have distribution opportunities with Contest media partners, including Devour! The Food Film Fest, Disposable Film Festival, SXSW Eco and Vimeo.
Viewers can join Real Food Media in celebrating the stories featured in these Top 10 films and vote for their People’s Choice favorite now through April 30 online. Live screening events are free to host by signing up for a Pop-Up Film Fest; to date over 200 have been hosted around the world.
Contest judges include:
- Johanna Blakley, PhD, Norman Lear Center, University of Southern California
- Philip Bloom, filmmaker
- Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief, Food & Wine
- Tom Colicchio, chef and owner of Craft Restaurants and executive producer of A Place at the Table
- Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO, International Culinary Center
- Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, co-founders, Food52
- Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine, filmmakers, the Perennial Plate
- Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author, actress, model, and television host
- Jamie Oliver Food Foundation USA
- Davia Nelson, audio storyteller, the Kitchen Sisters
- Michel Nischan, President and CEO, Wholesome Wave
- Eli Pariser, co-founder, Upworthy
- Raj Patel, best-selling author and food justice activist
- Maria Rodale, chairman and COO, Rodale Inc.
- Brad Simpson, film producer, Color Force
- Bryant Terry, award winning chef, author and activist
- Susan Ungaro, President, James Beard Foundation
- Karen Washington, farmer and activist
- Emily Zweber, organic farmer, first AgChat Foundation executive director
Entries from the 2016 Contest will join the Real Food Films Library, a curated collection of short films about food, farming, and sustainability, produced by award-winning author Anna Lappé. The Project’s film library showcases winners from the first two years of the Contest and 40 more carefully selected films, all under four minutes, organized by categories that include innovative food business, global voices, youth leaders, underreported issues and more.
ABOUT THE REAL FOOD FILMS CONTEST
The Contest’s mission is to spark conversation about food, farming, and sustainability around the world through short films and engaging public events. The Contest is an initiative of the Real Food Media, harnessing powerful media and storytelling to educate, inspire and grow the movement for sustainable food and farming via this online film Contest, grassroots events, a web-based action center and strategic partnerships. Visit www.realfoodfilms.org to explore the new film library, to learn more about the Contest, and to enter the competition. Follow us on Twitter @realfoodfilms, Instagram @realfoodmedia and like us on Facebook at Real Food Media.