Slow Reels

The second edition of Slow Food on Film will be held in Bologna over May 6-10, presenting a rich program of films, documentaries, shorts and TV series which take an original and insightful look at gastronomy and agriculture.

Supported by Slow Food and the Cineteca of Bologna, this international festival of cinema and food aims to raise awareness of food culture by bringing a wide diversity of stories to the public, with directors investigating production and consumption; pleasure, emotion and identity; the impact of agriculture and the food industry on society and the environment; and our gastronomic memory as shared heritage.

The first edition in May 2008 attracted more than 2,000 daily spectators and 800 accredited journalists from more than 20 countries around the world. Key features of this year’s festival are outlined below, and the final program will be available from the website in early April. Slow Food on Film also includes numerous activities outside the cinema, with Street Slow Food, dinners, lunches, meetings and educational activities.

Visit the site for more information, and to start organizing your visit to Bologna!

Features of Slow Food on Film in 2009

Film on a Plate: Four special evenings which celebrate food on the screen and on the table, with a themed dish prepared by Slow Food Emilia Romagna to accompany each film.

Best Food Feature: An international prize open to five feature films with a food focus, from the 2007 – 2008 movie season. An international group of cinema and culinary experts (the Food and Film Academy), will assign the Golden Snail to the best film.

Shorts Competition:
International competition for fictional and animated short films on a food theme.

Best TV Series: An award to recognize the television series (fiction or non-fiction) which best represents gastronomy in a sensitive, intelligent and culturally relevant way.

Gustorama: Screenings of cult ‘food’ movies with themed tastings, as well as the screening of famous gastronomic scenes.

Focus On: A series of encounters and special screenings with personalities from the world of culture and film relating to farming and country life.

The Lost World: Short films about the old rural Italy, with its culture of survival rich in artisan wisdom, rare production techniques and knowledge passed on from generation to generation.

Special – Italian-Americans: The myth of food abroad seen through the eyes of cinema.

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