NYC Food Film Festival Announces Details for 5th Year

The NYC Food Film Festival returns to New York City for its 5th consecutive year offering a unique series of events where food and film lovers return to taste what they see on the screen. Yes, the NYC Food Film Festival is the only festival in the world that serves the food that is seen in the films. Produced in association with the James Beard Foundation and benefiting the Food Bank For New York City, the 2011 NYC Food Film Festival runs from October 13 through October 16, 2011 at Tribeca Cinemas.
The NYC Food Film Festival was created by George Motz, the documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film, book and mobile app. and Chef Harry Hawk.  Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival presents the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite and exotic foods on the big screen…and then serves them to the guests.
The trailer above is from Mistura: The Power of Food, a film by Patricia Perez that showcases South America’s largest food festival and features renown chef Gastón Acurio, who started the festival in Peru and is about to open his 1st NYC restaurant, La Mar.
This year, the Festival will include the 1st-ever Food Porn Party, a Taco Takedown hosted by Matt Timms featuring Hilah Johnson (the queen of Texas food videos), and films about the making of a Turtle Burger, a woman’s steamy night with an octopus dish, a portrait of 3 generations at Ronnybrook Farms, a Texas family’s Molasses making, Dom DeMarco’s Di Fara Pizza and much more! See below for the full list of Official Selections.
Festival Director George Motz said, “There’s something about seeing a food film that makes you really want to eat the food in the film.  At the Food Film Festival, while you are watching a film about Banh Mi, you’ll be eating one.”
“It’s been clinically proven that seeing beautiful images of food prior to consumption actually makes the food taste better,” said Executive Producer Seth Unger, “one year it was so intense, we even had to provide wipes to manage all of the salivating.”

MISTURA.THE POWER OF FOOD. TRAILER. from Patricia Perez on Vimeo.

For the 2nd year in a row, the NYC Food Film Festival is proud to announce its partnership with the Food Bank For New York City, which will receive top tier integration throughout the Festival to remind guests that every New Yorker deserves to be fed.  Additionally, a portion of Festival proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank to assist in its important work.

The Festival is also excited to announce its partnership with The International Culinary Center, which will serve as the exclusive culinary school of the 2011 Festival.  Students and staff will take part in Festival events and attend festivities.
Stay tuned for the full Festival Schedule and Festival Menu to be released in the coming weeks.  Tickets go on sale later this month.


The NYC Food Film Festival is a competitive film festival that presents awards in seven categories:  Best Feature, Best Short, Best Super-Short, Best Film Made In New York, Food Filmmaker of the Year, the Audience Choice Award and new for 2011…Best Food Porn.  The Official Selections of the 2011 NYC Food Film Festival are reviewed by a judging panel comprised of members of New York City’s food and film communities.  The 2011 judges are Cat Greenleaf(host of NBC’s Talk Stoop), Laurence Kretchmer(co-owner and managing partner of Bobby Flay’s Bold Food), Katherine Oliver(Commissioner of The New York City Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting) and Rachel Wharton(Food Writer, James Beard Award Winner, Deputy Editor of Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn and host of Edibleon NY1).  


The NYC Food Film Festival is proud to announce its primary sponsors for 2011, which include Sugar in the Raw, Stevia in the Raw, Chipotle, Bloomberg, Jarlsberg and the International Culinary Center.  Primary media partners include Metro NY, Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.


Produced in association with the James Beard Foundation and benefiting the Food Bank for New York City, the NYC Food Film Festival has grown from an intimate food-nerd date-night destination to one of New York City’s most beloved festivals, and the largest of its kind in the world. It’s the only event where guests watch food films and then are served film foods in their seats. Last year, the Food Film Fest made its 1st trip to Chicago, where it will return this year from November 18-20th.


 Official Selections 2011 NYC Food Film Festival

(additional films may be added) 
Amor Pulpo
Dir. John Craig Ross – Prod. Laurie Pila Horowitz – 4:59 mins website
Far out at sea, an octopus caught a boat and came to the city where he met the woman who dreamed him to be.
Banh and Mi
Dir/Prod Bao Nguyen – 4:30 mins website
A short film documenting the steps to a perfect banh mi sandwich
Best Thing I Ever Done
Dir/Prod M. Emily MacKenzie – 16:53 mins
A portrait of Dom DeMarco and his legendary Brooklyn pizza joint, Di Fara.
The Big Table
Dir. Ben Niles – Prod. Ben Niles, Molly Raskin and Megan Wetherall – 24 mins
An intimate look at Ronnybrook Farms, a dairy run by a multi-generational family.
Dir/Prod Ximena Sanchez – 2:38 mins
Food porn following the construction of a traditional Andean breakfast soup.
Come To The Table
Dir. Zoe Salnave – Prod. Jason Jakaitis – 8:40 mins
A look at Alice Water’s Edible Schoolyard program and its emphasis on Slow Food.
Dir/Prod Joe York – 16:38 mins
Joe York, winner of the 2007 Food Filmmaker of the Yearaward returns with this story of a Georgia rancher that eshews the traditional corn-fed model to raise grass-fed cattle.
Danny Macaroons: No Such Thing As Boring Coconut Macaroons Anymore
Dir/Prod Liza deGuia – 6:36 mins
A ten-year coconut macaroon obsession becomes an artisan food business.
Dinner for Two: An Edible Valentine in Three Acts
Dir. John Craig Ross – Prod. Sarah Breckenridge – 6:36 mins website
Part food porn, part how-to, this short film documents the making of a three-course meal and includes romance, suspense and murder.
Good, Better, Best
Dir. Keeley Steenson – Prod. Marvin Berdele – 10:57 mins
A portrait of a small producer of Texas molasses.
How To Make a Turtle Burger
Dir/Prod Jason Lam – 5:28 mins
Director Jason Lam’s redneck roommate makes a bacon-wrapped turtle burger.
How to Prepare for a Midwinter Soup Frenzy
Dir/Prod Simon H. Friedman – 4:58 mins
An instructional film, loosely demonstrating the preparation for a Midwinter Soup Frenzy.
Kyou No Izakaya Chika
Dir/Prod Kristoffer Brearton – 10 mins website
A look at Tanaka Michiko and her ultra-tiny 33-year old restaurant deep in an alley in Kyoto, Japan.
Mistura:The Power of Food
Dir/Prod Patricia Perez – 38 mins website
Immerse yourself in Lima, Peru’s incredible annual gastronomic food fair. You’ll want to book a flight to next year’s Mistura immediately.
Ovenly: Reinnventing Crappy Bar Snacks
Dir/Prod Liza deGuia – 6 mins
Bar snacks, elevated. The brain-child of two beer-loving bakers.
Pastry Paris
Dir. Joel Herm – Prod. Susan Hochbaum – 3 mins website
Visually arresting Parisian pastries photographed with their sculptural Parisian counterparts.
Phat Tai
Dir/Prod Joe York – 17:32 mins
Trace the path of Vietnamese fishermen from Indonesia to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Louisiana.
Robicelli’s Cupcakes
Dir/Prod Liza deGuia – 6:49 mins
A husband and wife team work tirelessly to make every dessert known to man, in cupcake form.
Should The Wife Confess?
Dir. Bernardo Camisao – Prod. Sofia Caessa – 7:43 mins website
When the marriage becomes sour, the solution becomes a piece of cake. A dark, comedy short.
Truck Farm
Dir. Ian Cheney – Prod. Curt Ellis – 47:38 mins website
The wild world of urban agriculture as told through the journey of a 1986 Dodge pickup that has been transformed into a rolling garden.
Dirs. Natasha Subramaniam & Alisa Lapidus – Prods. Natasha Subramaniam, Alisa Lapidus & Raphael Kryszek – 5:45 mins website
Animated food porn where the moldy, forgotten foods in the rear of a refrigerator rise up against the fresh foods that reside up front.

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