Vegan Movies In Spotlight As Animal Films Sweep The Board At Festival

Just don't mention the V word
Still from This is Rowdy Girl Sanctuary (Photo: Chee Wei Tay Vimeo)

Last year Hollywood heavyweight Leo Di Caprio dipped his toe into the vegan film world when he oversaw Cowspiracy's move to Netfix. The lastest Tinseltown giant to get involved is James Cameron with his film The Game Changers set to hit screens next year - and now two short film makers have won acclaim for their latest efforts.

“Where Films Take Off” is line that the 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival uses to describe itself, and it seems to be delivering on that promise for three fantastic animal rights short films.

Still from Alena & Gizmo (Photo: Chee Wei Tay Vimeo)
The Rescue, Alena & Gizmo, and This is Rowdy Girl Sanctuary are the three movies that captured hearts, imaginations, and awards at the festival. 

The Rescue shows the power of reaching out to help a stranger. Alena & Gizmo tells the inspiring story of a young girl who saved her pig friend from the journey he was on to be slaughtered for food (and she subsequently quite the Future Farmers of America to stand up for all pigs). This is Rowdy Girl Sanctuary wows with its true tale of ranchers who became vegan animal sanctuary owners.

This trio of excellent flicks was created by Alana Tompson from Black Ant Films and Chee Wei Tay from De Claffer Films. 

Tay has experience with National Geographic, while Tompson has worked for Animal Planet. 

Still from The Rescue (Photo: Chee Wei Tay Vimeo)

Their films were very clearly about the animal-rights movements, but they did not use the word 'vegan' prominently in the movie.

As VegNews reports, Tay said: “The majority of the population still considers the vegan word ‘taboo’ and will mentally switch off or stop watching once there is any mention of the V word. I’m trying to reach out to those audiences.”

Tompson explained her enthusiasm for making movies that make a difference, citing Earthlings as her inspiration. 

She added: “I see film as one of the most powerful mediums for change, it can connect you to a global audience and allow people access to information that they might not encounter in day to day life.”

The 50th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival is the third-largest film festival in North America. 

These two talented filmmakers are collaborating on other animal rights projects that are sure to spread compassion (and probably win awards, too).

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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Robin Raven is the author of Santa’s First Vegan Christmas. She has written for publications such as The Malibu Times, Alabama Baby & Child Magazine, the official website of Melissa Gilbert, and She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and is now furthering her education. Robin often has her nose in a book and her arms around a rescued animal. She’s a vegan foodie who blogs at and loves to connect with readers on social media. You can follow her @RobinRaven on Twitter.

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