A Grassroots Beginning
Founding members Eva Eliscu, Rhonda Lerner, Ruth Milikin and Kirsten West, four ladies from four different places in the world met at La Biblioteca in 2015 during Eva's lecture on the History of the Dining Table. During an afternoon coffee at Santa Ana Cafe, the idea of a Food and Film festival was born. With a shared interest in food, film and involvements in various business backgrounds, they decided to create a fundraising project for La Biblioteca.
The first ever Food in Film Festival fundraiser was held in 2016; though there were no plans to create a yearly festival, the positive reception from attendees propelled the evolution of the Food In Film Festival (FIFF) into yearly festival currently on its fourth year.
FIFF moved to Bellas Artes in 2017, in partnership with DIFF to refurbish a school kitchen in a nearby San Miguel community. In 2018-19 we partnered with S.O.M.E. In 2020 we are excited to support Casa Hogar and their "Crack an egg for Education" initiative presented by Corazon Valiente. Eva Eliscu continues to produce the festival and two of the founding members, Kirsten West and Rhonda Lerner, are Premiere Sponsors. Ruth Milikin now works in the Toronto film industry.