Tiny Food Docs by Tiny Food People

Alison Springate Guelph Smart City Office

Call for Submissions

Short food documentaries by kids

For a second year, Guelph Film Festival and Our Food Future are collaborating to support the Festival's annual program of documentaries made by kids: Tiny Docs By Tiny People.

This year, kids across Guelph and Wellington County are invited to submit short, 1 to 2 minute (2 minutes maximum) documentaries on "food in your life" or "food stories or issues you care about". These films can be shot on a phone (or something fancier). They can be polished, with lots of angles and shots, or be done in one take from one angle. It's all about the director’s vision!

Documentary ideas

  • A favourite healthy food you like to make or eat
  • What veggies talk about when you close the fridge door
  • Special food events you share with friends or family (picnics, celebrations, Saturday morning breakfast treats)
  • Food you’ve grown in your backyard or patio garden, or about the critters that also like to eat from your garden
  • What you and your family do to avoid wasting food, like preserving, making soup or composting
  • How your friends and community have been connecting with or sharing food
  • The farm where you live or one you’ve visited
  • How or where your family gets/buys its food
  • Anything else you like!

If you're looking for ideas, check out some Tiny Food Docs from last year's festival: Tiny Food Docs 2020

Remember to film your documentary in landscape, not portrait.

Get your parents’ permission and email your doc to artistic@guelphfilmfestival.ca.

Chosen films will be screened as part of the Guelph Film Festival’s children’s programming (which will be part of the 2021 online festival).

Tiny Docs can be sent as attachments or as a link from a Vimeo or Youtube account (but keep your awesome films private until we reveal them at the festival!) or they can be sent through WeTransfer (a free service to send files up to 2GB).

In your submission email please include the preferred name of the Tiny filmmaker, their age and the title of the doc.

Submission deadline: October 15, 2021

Submit your documentary today!



Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash