The Himalayan Vegan Festival Short Film Competition invites you to take out your phones and start capturing captivating and powerful moments that you can turn into a short film to fight for social change. As Mahatma Gandhi once said “Be the change that you want to see in the world” – by simply looking around you your neighborhood and community, and making a short film that highlights any misconduct or injustice, you might be able to create waves of change that could result in thousands, if not millions, in changing their actions. Powerful videos and short films have been seen to go viral fast and have been creating change since the advent of social media.

So if you have a story you want to tell, an injustice you want to expose, or a concerned message you want to share – open your gadgets, create a short movie – and send it to The Himalayan Vegan Festival Short Film Competition.The short film competition is open to everyone who wants to create and share their short movie on any subject matter involving veganism, animal welfare, the environment, and conservation. The top 10 films will have their worldwide premiere at The Himalayan Vegan Festival Theater and the top 3 films will have special awards presented to the filmmakers by an international jury of award winning filmmakers. The deadline for submission is February 1st, 2022, and film
lengths should be between 5-20 minutes. So don’t wait – take out your phone and create the next life-changing movie!

The Himalayan Vegan Festival happening in the Himalayan capitals of
Kathmandu, Nepal from April 15th to the 17th, 2022, and in Thimphu, Bhutan from April 18th to the 20th, 2022 will host film directors and experts from around the world who have created powerful and compelling movies that have left the world awestruck. They will be among a jury of experts and activists who will watch and evaluate each short film that is submitted while also sharing their experiences and expertise with participants.


Maximum 20 minutes

The final video should be submitted in MPEG format.
– Cameras can range from smartphones ([email protected]) to other
professional as well.
– The frame should be horizontal.

Short films relating to Vegan Activism, Animal Welfare, Environment,
Climate Change, or Conservation in the Himalayan Region

All footage/images used must be original or copyright free.
– The music must be original or copyright free.
– The concept of the movie must be original.

The films will be screened and judged by independent, non-partial
jury members.
– The films will be marked for their originality, storytelling and

1st February 2022

Cash Prize, Certificates and Trophies
The Grand Jury Award – $500
The Special Jury Award – $400
The Audience Award – $300
The Journalist Award (Ten journalist) – $200
The Critics Award (Ten Professors) – $100


1. Keegan Kuhn, USA
(Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker)

2. Yubraj Maski, Nepal
(Independent Filmmaker, and Former Coordinator of the Indigenous Film Promotion Committee of the Film Development Board Nepal)

3. Karma Dendup, Bhutan
(Film Producer and Director, Founder of Meatless Monday)

4. Harsha Atmakuri, India
(Documentary Filmmaker, Vegan & Animal Rights Media Activist)

5. Sagar Udgam, Nepal
(Filmmaker and Founder of the Nepal Film School)

6. Dr. Seto Mulyadi, Indonesia
(Media Personality, Vegan Educator and Child Psychologist)

7. Courtney Garza, USA
(Editor of VegWorld Magazine, Vegan Social Media Strategist)

8. Sanam Puri, India
(Singer, Lyricist, Musician)

9. Palak Mehta, India
(Founder of Vegan First – India’s largest online media company)

10. Namgay Zam, Bhutan
(Executive Director of the Journalist Association of Bhutan)

11. Asmi Shrestha, Nepal
(Vegan Media Personality & Former Miss Nepal)