International Vegan Film Festival 2022
Join us for the International Vegan Film Festival at Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This event is being presented by SoFlo Vegans and features 12 inspirational short films by Vegan filmmakers.
Saturday, July 30, 2022
10:30 AM – 4 PM
Savor Cinema, Fort Lauderdale
- 2-Hours of 12 vegan short films with introductions and other surprises.
- Giveaways and prize drawings throughout the screening.
- Special guests and LIVE taping of the SoFlo Vegans Podcast after the screening.
- The lobby opens at 10:30 AM for all ticket holders with screenings beginning at 11 AM.
- After Party in the courtyard includes food and beverages for sale from 3 – 4 PM.
- VIP ticket holders receive a gift bag, early access to the theater, and reserved seating.
- Portion of ticket sales go towards supporting select local nonprofit organizations.
- VIP Tickets: $45, General Admission: $25.
- Vendor and sponsor opportunities are available.
12 Extraordinary Films
Watch some of the most talked about vegan short-films on the planet.
Local food and craft vendors. Open to the general public starting at 11 AM.
After party with music and food by local vegan vendors available for sale.
12 Inspirational Films
Learn more about the films at our screening.
There Was A Killing
The Story of Two Vegan Bodybuilders - Robert Cheeke & Vanessa Espinoza
Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic
Food & Free Speech: Debating Labeling Regulation
Golden Retriever Burgers Trending?! #CatchOnToCarnism
Extinction Emergency, and Why We Must Act Now
Freedom Farm Sanctuary
Freedom Farm Sanctuary/Documentary Series by Taliya Finkel for Kan Digital 6 Chapters. 8-10 minutes each At the Freedom Farm Sanctuary in Israel, ‘imperfect’ farm animals rejected from the food industry find a forever home. This optimistic, sweet, and profoundly moving documentary series follows the journey of the unique relationships formed between these adorable animals and those sanctuary volunteers (often with their own ‘imperfections’). They go above and beyond to care for them. With sensitivity, humor, and love, these stories remind us of the universal oneness between humans and animals and invite us to view the animals through the lens of individuals in society who have also been ‘othered’ in a variety of ways, and who have much to share about the real meaning of compassion and respect, and the path to healing ourselves and the world: Billy: a disabled IDF war veteran with a prosthetic leg who identifies with the disabled animals on the farm. Yanna: (a Russian immigrant who) struggles with body image issues and finds unexpected comfort with chickens from the meat industry because, like them, she feels trapped in her own body. Mantegvosh (an Ethiopian immigrant
) dedicates herself to caring for a blind goat as she frets about her hereditary vision problems. Orna was the first female bus driver in Israel, recovered from cancer, but suffers from insomnia and finds peace working night shifts as farm security. Orly is flooded by painful childhood memories as she cares for a baby goat rescued just moments before he was slaughtered as a Passover sacrifice. Ilana helps farm volunteers with mental impairments overcome fear and befriend two pigs who struggle with severe pain due to genetic modification.
Susan Hargreaves w/ Animal Heroes
Founder of Animal Hero Kids,
Founder of PetParentsPro
Co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere
Dynamic. It’s how you describe the plant-powered media producer, marketing consultant, and speaker. Sean Russell is a media producer with over 24 years of experience in education, music, veganism, and entertainment. Sean is the founder of SoFlo Vegans and host of the event.
Wayne Hsiung is a lawyer, former faculty member at Northwestern School of Law, former lead organizer of the global animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), and co-founder of The Sanctuary Initiative. He has led teams that have rescued dozens of animals from factory farms, and has organized successful campaigns to ban fur in San Francisco and California. He faces decades in prison for challenging so-called “ag gag” laws across the nation and removing animals from labs, slaughterhouses, and farms for veterinary care. His first trial, involving an open rescue at the largest pig farm in the nation, begins in Sept 2022.
His work as an open rescue activist has been reported on in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and ABC’s Nightline. Wayne published research (with Cass Sunstein) on climate change’s impact on wildlife, practiced law at two national firms, and had an active pro bono practice defending victims of domestic violence.
Susan Hargreaves is a 41-year veteran of the animal rights movement. She is a kindness educator, author, speaker, and activist. She has rehabilitated wildlife and investigated animal cruelty in circuses, rodeos, and in the animal-based agriculture industry. She founded the youth-empowering charity Animal Hero Kids to prevent the animal cruelty she has witnessed by fostering empathy and compassionate choices in youth. Annual Animal Hero Kids Awards events recognize courageous, kind, creative youth — and all programs include a vegan fare component!
Dr. Sy Woon
Dr. Sy originates from Australia where she graduated from vet school at the University of Sydney, ranked as the top veterinary program in the country. Shortly after obtaining her degree, and traveling throughout South Asia, she moved to the United States.
Since 2015, Dr. Sy has worked extensively in private practice, non-profit hospitals and shelters, as well as in-home euthanasia & hospice care. For the past six years, she has undertaken the role of Florida State Representative for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, which has constituted advocating for and lobbying on animal welfare issues and associated legislative reforms. As well as working full time for Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, Dr. Sy was recently appointed Medical Director for Good Karma Pet Rescue of South Florida.
Dr. Sy is deeply passionate about comprehensively educating clients on their pet’s behavioral, medical and welfare needs to ensure optimal patient outcomes. Accordingly, in 2021 she founded PetParentsPro™️ – a free video platform designed for clients, accessible to pet parents worldwide, to bridge gaps in knowledge from the vet clinic to the home. She aims to facilitate improved veterinary compliance and exceptional pet care via this medium and is seeking investors to launch this initiative. Dr. Sy has been invited as guest veterinarian to radio shows, podcasts and news stations to provide expert advice on a variety of pet topics.
Schedule is Subject to Change
11:00 – 11:05: Introduction
11:05 – 11:10: Save Ralph (04:00)
11:10 – 11:20: Wayne Hsiung Presentation
11:20 – 11:35: Moving Animals (13:05)
11:35 – 11:45: Source (7:20)
11:45 – 12:05: Dear Tilly (23:27)
12:05 – 12:10: Hide (4:03)
12:10 – 12:40: There Was a Killing (28:30)
12:40 – 12:50: Susan Hargreaves: Veganza Animal Heroes Presentation
12:50 – 01:05: Intermission
01:05 – 01:15: Dr. Sy Woon Presentation
01:15 – 01:25: The Story of Two Vegan Bodybuilders (07:55)
01:25 – 01:30: Climate Crisis and Why We Should Panic (02:32)
01:30 – 01:35: 5 minutes
01:35 – 01:50: Food and Free Speech (15:16)
01:50 – 01:55: Golden Retriever Burgers (02:57)
01:55 – 02:00: Extinction Emergency (03:00)
02:00 – 02:20: Freedom Farm Sanctuary (20:00)
02:20 – 02:50: Closing Panel (30:00)
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