Quorn launches sustainability film fund

Company to finance three short documentaries on future-proofing food

Meat-free food company Quorn has launched a film fund that will offer £15,000 (€17,475) to three teams of film-makers from Britain or Ireland to create short documentaries about the future-proofing of food.

Quorn Foods said it was introducing the fund in association with communications agency Planet Shine to "awaken new ideas" about how humanity will feed itself in future in a way that contributes to the saving of the planet. The eight- to 12-minute documentaries do not need to reference its brand, it said, and entries must be submitted before October 15th.

North Yorkshire-based Quorn was founded in the 1960s at miller and consumer foods company Rank Hovis McDougall. The company had been inherited by J Arthur Rank (Lord Rank), who was better known for his earlier activities in the film business as the owner of the Rank Organisation.

The three winning films will be showcased on Waterbear, the streaming platform dedicated to sustainability issues, in early 2022, while a longlist of entries will be announced at COPtimism, a Quorn-sponsored event taking place in Glasgow in late October, ahead of COP26, the United Nations climate change conference due to take place in the Scottish city in November.

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery is an Irish Times journalist writing about media, advertising and other business topics