international vegan film festival



Canada’s Ottawa, Ontario The International Vegan Film Festival (IVFF) Executive Director Shawn Stratton announced today that submissions are now being accepted for the 2023 Festival. By visiting, filmmakers and cookbook authors can submit their work.

The submission deadline for movies and cookbooks is June 1, 2023, and the winners will be revealed at the main Festival, which takes place in Toronto in November 2023.

The goal of the vegan film festival, which director Shawn Stratton refers to as the first of its kind in the world, is to present short and feature-length films with a vegan theme from around the globe.


The Festival seeks to screen top-notch short and long-form films with vegan themes from around the world, building on the success of its first five years, during which it received well over 150 film submissions from 25 different countries.

The Festival accepts movies with big and small budgets from both professional and amateur filmmakers. As an illustration, the BAFTA Short Film and 2018 Grand Prize winner 73 Cows was made on a very small budget and competed against films with million-dollar budgets.


The Best Vegan-Theme Feature Film award was given to the film SLAY in 2023. It is the tale of intrepid filmmaker Rebecca Cappelli, who travels the world to expose the dark side of the fashion industry.

“All entries will be reviewed before the Festival by a pre-selection Committee chaired by the Festival Director and Programming Director,” state the event’s organizers. Finalists selected by this Committee will be screened by an appointed international jury.

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Visit Categories to learn more about the festival, including how to apply.

All films are submitted into 1 of 6 categories: 

  • Vegan-Themed Feature Film
  • Lifestyle, Animal Welfare 
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Environmental Protection
  • Public Service Announcement (PSA) 

Details on the cookbook competition:

The IVFF Vegan Cookbook Contest is the first and only competition of its kind in the entire world. The goal is to compile a list of the top vegan cookbooks from around the globe. A jury of enthusiastic and knowledgeable vegan chefs will choose a shortlist of nominated books, which we will announce in September. The International Vegan Film Festival will reveal the top three winners.

The International Vegan Film Festival

The International Vegan Film Festival, a pioneering non-profit organization, is devoted to promoting the vegan ideal—a healthier, more compassionate, and environmentally responsible way of life that can be attained by consuming plants and animal-free substitutes.

The first edition of the International Vegan Film Festival took place on October 14 in Ottawa, Canada.