Vegan International Film Festival


Films that could once only be seen by attending one of the festivals’ world tour dates are now available online for streaming until at least June 30, 2020.

Ottawa, Canada (April 20, 2020) — With the spread of COVID-19 and the international quarantine, the International Vegan Film Festival – World Tour has come to a halt. Starting on EARTH DAY, April 22, 2020, until June 30, 2020, eleven of the twelve short films that were available on the world tour will now be free to watch and can be viewed online at the festival’s website.

For the last two years, the International Vegan Film Festival has brought some of the world’s most relevant vegan-themed stories and visual artistry to theaters around the world and in these uncertain times, the International Vegan Film Festival is proud to bring the festival’s world tour to everyone, everywhere.

Most of the films that were scheduled for touring—the only exception being “Planet Vegan”— are now available for free viewing online with no purchase necessary. The total screening time is approximately 90 minutes in length with films covering all of the four Festival categories. 

Festival Director Shawn Stratton said, “Connecting with friends and strangers alike at our theater screenings is at the heart of the World Tour, however, with the current cancellation of the Tour we don’t want our audiences to miss out on viewing these important films. So we are adapting and responding to “social distancing” to offer 90 minutes of films from our World Tour screening, free of charge. This is our hometown, feel-good, theater experience, streamed into the comfort of living room’s around the world.”

The International Vegan Film Festival is an annual film event. Now in its third year, the festival kicks off every October in Ottawa, Canada. The festival showcases vegan-themed films from around the world covering a wide variety of topics. Some of these include animal rights, food choices, ethics, sustainability and climate change.

Since 2018, the International Vegan Film Festival has embarked on a world tour. Anyone can sign up to be a host and then pick where and when they would like to have their own Vegan Film Festival screening. It is a great way to build the local vegan community, interact with friends, and raise money for a cause all while watching great independent vegan films.

Note: The International Vegan Film Festival screenings are primarily intended for older audiences and may include coarse language, mature subject matter, intense scenes, and other adult content. Viewer discretion is advised.

Vegan Photo Essay Contest

While the world tour has been cancelled, the IVFF Vegan Photo Essay Contest is on! Until August 31, 2020, applicants can submit a series of 3-5 images depicting vegan lifestyle, health and nutrition, animal welfare, or environmental protection. Winners will be announced during the festival in October and will also receive a $250 CAD cash prize.

The jury is seeking a sequence of images that conveys a compelling story or message – with each image strong enough to stand on its own while conveying a greater narrative when viewed in the photographer’s desired sequence.

Stratton says “The Vegan Photo Essay Contest is a great way for anyone with a camera and a story, not just professionals, to be involved in the festival.” The contest even has a Youth category to encourage young people to become more involved in sharing vegan-themed stories.


  • Lifestyle – Vegan choices in clothing, travel and highlighting the ways that vegans spread their message through activism, art, community etc.
  • Health and Nutrition – Exploring the positive benefits of a vegan diet, what’s involved in “going vegan”
  • Animal Welfare – How eating plants can break the chain of suffering that is endemic in factory farming and the role of animal activists
  • Environmental Protection – How meat production harms the planet, and how plant-based eating can help to save it
  • Youth – Any vegan-themed subject shot by a person under 18 year of age as of August 31, 2020

Note: During COVID-19, the IVFF does not advise applicants to take photos anywhere that may pose a risk of spreading the virus. Social distancing is still strongly recommended.


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