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Food, First

A Film by Pol Ponsarnau


Food first, then morals! A comedy about two couples in a stylish Berlin Tapas restaurant. Tension grows with each dish. All seems lost when the question “who waters your plants?” comes on the table.


  • Picture of Pol Ponsarnau © Pol Ponsarnau

    Pol Ponsarnau

    Pol Ponsarnau (born 1980) is a Catalan director, living and working in Berlin. He studied Audiovisual Communication at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, and as an Erasmus Student at FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts) in Prague. He directed Music Videos for Four Music/Sony and Warner Music, TV and online commercials for Fanta, Audi and Bimbo and co-directed the documentary "B-Side" that went to international festivals such as International Film Festival Rotterdam.

    Since 2015 Pol has been working increasingly on fictional projects and shot his first two short films: ‘FOOD FIRST’, a comedic drama about relationships in a Berlin underground restaurant; and ‘ASPHYXIA’, a drama in which a woman finds a way back to life after the suicide of her boyfriend.

    Pol is currently working on his first feature film projects; on the screenplay for his debut film ‘TARA AND THE BLUE’ and the fictional documentary ‘GOAT’, which is currently in the financing process.

Awards + Festivals

  • 34th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF URUGUAY (Official Selection, Uruguay)March 22, 2016
  • MAHARASHTRA INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)March 25, 2016
  • 14th OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oakland, CA, USA)April 5, 2016
    49th ANNUAL WORLDFEST HOUSTON (Nominated for Remi Award (no Screening), Texas, USA)April 8, 2016
  • MONSTRONALE FESTIVAL (Int'l Competition, Halle, Germany)April 8, 2016
  • 28th FILMFEST DRESDEN (National Competition, Germany)April 12, 2016
  • 12th ACHTUNG BERLIN – NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD (Competition “Made in Berlin-Brandenburg”, Germany)April 13, 2016
  • 11th SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)April 28, 2016
  • 7th HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Texas, USA)April 28, 2016
  • KURZFILMNACHT FILMKUNSTFEST-MV (Screening, Schwerin, Germany) May 5, 2016
  • NEAR NAZARETH FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Afula, Israel)May 18, 2016
  • 10th HIGH DESERT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nevada, USA)May 27, 2016
  • 9th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Fiction, Porto, Portugal)June 8, 2016
  • THE CINEMA CITY INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Novi Sad, Serbia)June 25, 2016
  • 14th CINEMADAMARE (Official Selection, various locations, Italy)June 25, 2016
  • 11.07.2016 * 2nd UNDERGROUND FILMFEST – MUNICH MONDAY NITE MOVIES! OPEN AIR (Screening, Germany)July 11, 2016
  • ACHTUNG BERLIN SOMMERKINO (Freiluftkino Pompeji, Berlin, Germany)July 16, 2016
  • AUDI URBAN CINEMA (Screening, Arena Berlin, Germany)July 27, 2016
  • HILL COUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL INDIE FILM SERIES (Screening, Fredericksburg, Texas, USA)August 14, 2016
  • 4th LANGE NACHT DER FILMFESTIVALS (Screening, Berlin, Germany)August 20, 2016
  • 21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA)September 5, 2016
  • 8th BURBANK INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, California, USA)September 7, 2016
  • 9th NAPERVILLE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Naperville, Illinois, USA)September 10, 2016
  • NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)September 10, 2016
  • 6th ODERKURZ-FILMSPEKTAKEL (Spektakel Spezial, Oderaue, Germany)September 10, 2016
    1st INN KURZFILMFESTIVAL BRAUNAU (Short Film Competition, Austria) September 23, 2016
  • 9th FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Official Selection, Germany)October 3, 2016
  • 9th MAIPU CORTOS FESTIVAL DE CINE DE HUMOR (Official Selection, Argentina)October 6, 2016
  • 7th OFFLINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Birr, Ireland)October 12, 2016
  • 9th NORTHERN WAVE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rif, Iceland)October 21, 2016
    16th FILMPLUS – FESTIVAL FOR THE ART OF FILM EDITING (Young Talent Award Section, Cologne, Germany)October 23, 2016
  • 3rd PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Ancona, Italy)October 28, 2016
  • 1st BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Narrative Section, Bucharest, Romania)November 1, 2016
  • 10th ROCKPORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rockport, Texas, USA)November 3, 2016
  • 5th EVOLUTION MALLORCA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palma de Mallorca, Spain)November 3, 2016
  • 6th DEVOUR! THE FOOD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada)November 5, 2016
  • 2nd INT'L SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Washington DC, USA)November 12, 2016
  • 15th MIAMI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Miami, FL, USA)November 14, 2016
  • 3rd NAVI MUMBAI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Professional Shorts Category, Navi Mumbai, India)December 14, 2016
  • SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)December 22, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 30th STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER (Int’l Competition, Germany)January 18, 2017
  • CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 3, 2017
  • 18th ANNUAL CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jackson, Mississippi, USA)April 4, 2017
    18th SCHWEINFURTER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)April 13, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES MONTHLY SCREENING (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)May 6, 2017
  • JOHANN-PHILIPP-PALM PREIS (Screening, Winner of INN Kurzfilmfestival 2016, Germany) May 6, 2017
    SHORT TO THE POINT MARCH 2017 (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania) June 5, 2017
  • 1st INT'L INDEPENDENT PERMANENT MEMORIES FESTIVA 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)June 8, 2017
  • 1st BUDDHA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 10, 2017
  • 1st VIDLINGS & TAPEHEADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Michigan, USA)July 7, 2017
  • 3rd MONTEVIDEO WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Uruguay)July 13, 2017
  • 2nd BLACK SEA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vama Veche, Romania)August 8, 2017
  • MIDDLE COAST FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)August 10, 2017
    2nd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (NRFF) (Official Selection, London, UK)August 17, 2017
  • 7th FARCUME - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURTAS-METRAGENS DE FARO (Official Selection, Faro, Algarve, Portugal)August 21, 2017
  • HUNGRY! - FILM & FOOD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jämtland, Härjedalen, Sweden)September 8, 2017
  • 3rd ANOTHER INDEPENDENT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BALI (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia)October 5, 2017
  • 3rd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)March 29, 2018
  • TORONTO LIFT-OFF ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)July 18, 2018
  • 19th SCHWEINFURTER KURZFILMTAGE 2018 (Official Selection, Schweinfurt, Germany)



Sergi Portabella
Giovanni Gonzalez Miranda
Ager Urigüen Uribe (Txokoa)
Pol Ponsarnau
Manoj Thomas
Pol Ponsarnau
Director of Photography
Phillip Kaminiak
Costume Design
Ainhoa Cortés
Itamar Rosenblum
Pol Ponsarnau
Sound Design
Itamar Rosenblum
The Gramophone Allstars


Running Time
Shooting Format
Canon C300 Apr 422 (HQ)
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,78 (16:9)



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