Nourish Food and Film Challenge


Devour! The Food Film Fest and Nourish Nova Scotia invite children and youth of all ages to make a short film about food. Wining film will be screened at Devour! Food Film Fest in Wolfville this October and on CBC. 

The winner will receive a $500 prize to support a healthy eating program in your school or community from Nourish Nova Scotia and a $500 camera package from CBC.

2018 contest is now closed. Check back in 2019 for the next challenge!



It’s your food future, show us your vision for tomorrow! When you have your idea, the next step is to write your script.

How does what you eat impact the environment? Your health? Your community? Would you like to have healthier choices in settings where you live, learn and play? Do you care about locally grown food, plant based diets, restaurant and cafeteria selections, food waste?


When writing, think about how your story will come to life on screen. Will it be a documentary? A public service announcement? An interesting interview? An animations? Claymation? If you’re having trouble, it might be helpful to make a storyboard. A storyboard is like an outline that helps you think about what words and pictures you want to include in your movie and how to include them.


Make sure you have it all ready before you start filming! You’ll also want to find a camera that you know how to use. Keep in mind that we will accept films shot on smartphones or ipads- just make sure to film at the highest quality setting.You will also need an editing program to put your video together when it’s finished. There are many options out there (some that are free and some that cost money). Most Apple computers have free access to iMovie while Windows computers should have free access to Windows Movie Maker.


Now comes the fun part- grab the people and props you need and start filming! For some filming tips, take a look at the tips below or check out some more detailed resources linked here. Remember to always ask for permission before filming someone!


After you’re done filming, the next step is using your editing program to put it all together. This is also the step where you can cut scenes short, add music, or add pictures and other effects.


Once your movie is finished, submit as MOV or MP4 (MPEG4 or H.264) files via email to


Tips and Tricks

Now that you know the steps it takes to make a film, here are some more tips to help make it the best it can be!

1. Find a flat, even surface to place your camera on. Or better yet, use a tripod if you have one! This will help you avoid a shaky camera and make your film look more professional. Once you’ve found your surface, make sure that you can see everything you need to on the screen before filming!

2. Before yelling cut, film a few seconds after your actors have stopped talking or moving. This will make sure that you don’t accidentally stop filming before your actors have stopped talking or moving in the scene.

3. Be aware of how different lights might be affecting the mood and clarity of your shots. Bright, clear shots can convey happiness while dark shots can feel scary or sinister. Remember that you can change the way light effects your shots through settings on your camera or by pointing your camera into or away from light sources, like lamps, windows, or the sun.

4. Be aware of the sounds around you. Some things you may want to consider for your movie: are your actors talking loud enough? Are there people talking in the background? Are there any appliances (fridges, washers) making any noise?

5. Think about how you will set up your actors and props on the screen. Do you want to film a close up of your actors or do you want them to be far away? Maybe you want to zoom in or out on them as they are talking. Where will they be on the screen? In the middle or off to the side?