The Food Film Festival is a three-day festival where you can immerse yourself in the world of food. Watch the best food films, listen to presentations, join The Great Debate, learn from masters in the kitchen during workshops and eat in the restaurant headed by our star chef. Not only do we focus on the culinary side of food, we also critically examine our food system.
Many exceptional films have been made about food and the value of food in society, and many more are made each year. To offer these films a platform, the idea for the Food Film Festival was born at a kitchen table in Amsterdam in 2010. The first edition, in 2011, attracted around 3,600 people. In 2012, that number increased to 6,000 and in 2013 to more than 8,000. The festival gradually outgrew its base at Studio/K and the decision was made to move the 2014 festival to Amsterdam?s Westergasfabriek. The new location offers even more space and seats to enjoy the Food Film Festival. In 2014, around 10,000 were welcomed at the Westergasfabriek.
During the Food Film Festival, a couple of workshops and meetings were held, next to the public program the delegates were able to attend.
1) International meeting:
Joris Lohman, director of the YFM and youth representative in the Executive Committee of Slow Food.
Edie Mukiibi, vice-president of Slow Food International and project leader of ?A Thousand Gardens in Africa?.
Aysenur Arslanoglu, a tailer from Instanbul who is an active Slow Food member and recently started a SFYN-group in Istanbul in an organic garden.
Ben Reade, leader of Culinary Research and Development at the Nordic Food Lab.
2) ?The Battle for Our Seeds?
Feeding a growing global population remains a hotly debated issue, and in particular the resources we have available to address it. Seeds are the source of our food supply, but who owns them? A handful of multinationals? Small farmers in Africa? Or do they belong to all of us? We kick off The Battle for Our Seeds with a screening of Seeds of Time, debate the issue with Edie Mukiibi and Rosanne Hertzberger, and snack on foods that prove just how good diversity can taste.
In 2013, the Food Film Festival organised the Great GMO Debate. Much of the debate was devoted to the question of what exactly GMO is. This year?s Battle for Our Seeds goes a step further and looks at the options available to ensure food security around the world. Whether or not genetic modification offers the solution is at the heart of the debate.
As an introduction to the topic, we will watch Seeds of Time. Using the film as a starting point, experts will give us their take on the issues and we will get a literal and figurative taste of food diversity.
Edie Mukiibi, vice-president of Slow Food International and project leader of ?A Thousand Gardens in Africa?
Rosanne Hertzberger (journalist)
1) Keynote by Joel Salatin
He is the most innovative farmer in the world according to TIME magazine, plays an important role in the documentary Food Inc. (2008) and is a source of inspiration for influential journalists such as Michael Pollan. American Joel Salatin is the keynote speaker at this year?s Food Film Festival.
A farmer on tour might seem rather unusual, but Salatin is no ordinary farmer. He has a mission. The American believes that a healthy environment and a healthy economy are not mutually exclusive: you can run a profitable farming business without sacrificing the land. Contrary to what you might think, Salatin is not a small-scale, organic farmer. His farm, Polyface Inc. in Virginia, has more than ten employees and a turnover of two million dollars per year.
A different salad bar each day
Salatin calls himself a ?grass farmer?, because everything on his land revolves around keeping the grass in top condition. Every day he moves his mobile chicken coop to the pasture grazed by his cows a few days earlier. The 500 chickens feed on the larvae and worms in the cowpats, convert these into protein and in turn fertilise the grass with their mineral-rich faeces. By this time the cows are feasting at another ?salad bar?, as Salatin calls his grassland. In this way, every animal, from pig to rabbit and from cow to hen, contributes to the agro-ecosystem of Salatin?s farm, without the need for artificial fertilisers.
During his keynote speech at the Food Film Festival, Salatin will talk about his holistic approach to farming. The American is not calling for small-scale, organic farming but rather a way of thinking about agriculture and the food system that goes ?beyond organic?. His ideas are attracting a growing following, both among farmers and non-farmers who understand the entrepreneurial value and necessity of his approach. His farm attracts thousands of fans every year, earning him the title ?rock star of the agricultural world?. Although you don?t (yet) have to queue for hours to see this rock star.