International Vegan Film Festival Opens for 2019 Submissions

73 Cows
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The 2nd annual Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival is now accepting vegan film submissions for its 2019 lineup.

The international vegan film festival — described by its director, Shawn Stratton, as the first of its kind around the world — aims to showcase vegan-themed short and full-length feature, fiction, and documentary films from filmmakers around the globe.

“Building on the success of its inaugural year in which it received 29 film submissions from 8 different countries, the Festival aims to showcase quality short and long form films from around the world,” Stratton said in a statement sent to Vegan World News.

“The Festival accepts films from both professional and amateur filmmakers with large and small budgets.”

He added that 73 Cows, a vegan short film about a dairy farmer who went vegan and gave all his cows to a sanctuary, was produced on a small budget yet not only was it the Grand Prize winner in the festival last year, it also received the Best Short Film prize at the prestigious BAFTA Awards this year.

Films from last year’s festival are embarking on a World Tour, highlighting the “Best of the Best” short films along with some of the feature films. All films selected for the 2019 festival will be considered for the 2020 World Tour.

“The Festival wants to support vegan filmmakers by providing an avenue to showcase their films to new audiences and, through a variety of Festival awards, recognize them for their achievements,” said Stratton.

“[The World Tour] is an excellent opportunity to allow filmmakers to have their films shown on big screens in cinemas around the world, an opportunity that would not exist for most without the Festival.”

The deadline for this year’s film submissions is July 31, 2019. All entries will be submitted into 1 of 4 categories (Lifestyle, Animal Welfare, Health and Nutrition, and Environmentalism) and will be viewed by a pre-selection committee chaired by the Festival Director and Programming Director prior to the festival.

Finalists chosen by the committee will be screened by an appointed international jury for award consideration.

More details about the 2nd annual Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival, including how to apply, can be found on the festival’s website.

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Roxanne Libatique

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Roxanne is a vegan journalist and advocate for animal rights and mental health. She tries to live consciously and spends her free time traveling, enjoying vegan food, volunteering, and speaking up for all animals. Connect with her at @roxlibatique on Twitter and Instagram.

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