About the Food Film Festival


The Food Film Festival™ specializes in creating multisensory food and film experiences. At our events, guests watch films about food and simultaneously taste the exact dishes they see on the screen...right in their seats!  

There are two ways you can Taste What You See on the Screen™: attend The Food Film Festival held annually in NYC, or attend one of our Food Film Fest events in a city near you.


Now in its 13th year, The Food Film Festival is a multi-day, competitive, film festival held each October in New York City. The Official Selections for this festival have become the benchmark of independent food-filmmaking as an art form. Each year, Official Selections are chosen by The Food Film Festival Selection Committee and screened to guests as a part of our gastronomically awe-inspiring events. After being judged by a panel of Food and Film industry tastemakers, awards are presented in 8 categories:

  • Best Feature Film

  • Best Short Film

  • Best Super-Short Film

  • Best Food Porn Film

  • Audience Choice

  • The Made in New York Award

  • The Food Filmmaker of the Year Award

  • The Film Foodmaker of the Year Award


Throughout the rest of the year, our production team travels the world over to bring the Food Film Fest™ signature experience to new cities. These are branded, unique events and, while they feature films once screened in competition, are not competitive festivals themselves.

No matter where we go, each of our events is curated to highlight a different part of the culinary landscape. No two events are the same, and each one invites guests to experience food in a profound and unique way.

In addition, each event benefits a local food-related charity hand-picked specifically because of the relevant work they do for people in that community, such as The Billion Oyster Project, The Food Bank For New York City, Slow Food Charleston, GrowFood Carolina, and The Good Food Project in Chicago.

Some of our most memorable events include…

  • The 2015 screening of the World Premiere of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Charleston, which included service of Sean Brock’s Waffle House Tasting Menu and several other uniquely Charleston chefs, restaurants, and flavors.

  • In 2012, we screened George Motz’ The Mud and The Blood followed by an authentic Lowcountry Oyster Roast on a rooftop in Brooklyn with 15,000 South Carolina oysters, and the World Premiere of New York Cooks for Tohoku paired with dishes from Michelin Starred Chefs Boulud, Bouley, Romano, Telepan and Tadashi Ono, to bring attention to Tsunami Recovery.

  • The “I [Heart] Japan” event remains one of our most talked about and featured Ramen Dreams star and Ramen Burger creator, Chef Keizo Shimamoto, who cooked and served his legendary ramen in the U.S. for the first time ever.

  • We curated a special screening of John Markus’ The Kings of BBQ Barbecue Kuwait aboard the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Charleston featuring a BBQ feast smoked on-site by the World Champion Pitmasters featured in the film.

Directed by Travel Channel Host and Hamburger Expert, George Motz, The Food Film Festival has hosted over 44,000 guests from New York City, Chicago, Charleston, Copenhagen, and beyond over the past 13 years.

Still have questions? Try our FAQ for answers. If that doesn’t help you, send us an email at hi@thefoodfilmfest.com.