Are you a budding filmmaker who has a story to tell about sustainable food and farming? The Real Food Media contest is looking for powerful short films that ask big questions about where our food comes from and how it reaches our plate.

You’ll be the given the chance to have your work presented to the illustrious judges, including Padma Lakshmi, Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan and Alice Waters. Unlike other competitions, the Real Food Film contest guarantees the winning filmmakers cash prizes of up to $5,000, access to an online audience and distribution possibilities.

All entries must be between 30 seconds and 4 minutes long and must tell a story about food, farming, and sustainability; paint a picture of the challenges we face; or share creative solutions for a better food system. The topics are not limited to but could include:

  • Communities taking on a big food challenge like tackling food waste or hunger in America
  • Advocates exposing an underreported issue, like the impact of chemical pesticides on health or the connection between food and climate change
  • Sharing the story of a food hero – a farmer, farmworker, restaurateur, activist changing the food system
  • Telling the tale of a creative policy solution from a city, state or beyond
  • Creatively showing agricultural solutions from farms in the United States or around the world

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some of the winners from last year’s contest.

At Needle Point – 2015 Grand Prize Winner and Best Student Film

Soft Slaughter – 2015 1st Runner Up

Mama Adrianne – 2015 People’s Choice Award

Our Work is Life – Best Underreported Issue

The deadline for applications is 1st March, 2016. To enter, follow the contest guidelines.

Photograph: David Clow

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