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The International Vegan Film Festival (IVFF) has canceled its World Tour due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

Amidst the pandemic, it is uploading 11 short films to stream for free on its website until June 30, 2020.

‘Theater experience’

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Festival Director Shawn Stratton said: “Connecting with friends and strangers alike at our theater screenings is at the heart of the World Tour, however, with the current cancellation of the Tour we don’t want our audiences to miss out on viewing these important films.

“So we are adapting and responding to ‘social distancing’ to offer 90 minutes of films from our World Tour screening, free of charge. This is our hometown, feel-good, theater experience, streamed into the comfort of living rooms around the world.”

Photo contest

While the World Tour has been canceled, the IVFF is still accepting submissions for its Vegan Photo Essay Contest until August 31.

Applicants are to submit a series of three-five images ‘depicting the vegan lifestyle, health, and nutrition, animal welfare, or environmental protection’.

Winners, which will receive a $205 CAD cash prize, will be announced in October – but IVFF has warned no photos should ‘pose a risk of spreading Covid-19’, adding that it ‘strongly recommends social distancing’.

You can watch the film’s here or submit photos for the contest here

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.