Recommended Short Films & Videos
VegFund’s Top Short Film & Video Recommendations
Based on our grantees’ popular go-to choices, we’ve compiled a selection of recommended short videos and films to use in your Paid-Per-View (PPV), virtual reality, or other video outreach activities. Many of these brief films contain graphic and disturbing footage of the cruelties animals experience in the meat industry, but a few lighter presentations are also available.
- What Cody Saw – Mercy For Animals
This is one of the most powerful videos you will ever watch and is a popular choice among activists for video outreach. It tells the story of how one man’s search to uncover the truth put his life on a course he never expected. 10:30 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- Farm to Fridge: The Truth Behind Meat Production – Mercy For Animals
Narrated by Oscar-nominee James Cromwell, this powerful film takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration behind the closed doors of the nation’s largest industrial farms, hatcheries, and slaughterhouses, revealing the often-unseen journey that animals make from Farm to Fridge. Length: 12 minutes; condensed version: 4:30 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- iAnimal Video in 360° campaign films – Animal Equality: Animal Equality offers a selection of films in the virtual reality (VR) format for an immersive experience.
- The Dairy Industry in 360 Degrees – Few have witnessed the unimaginable suffering of cows and calves on dairy farms, where a cycle of cruelty affects entire families. Animal Equality investigators take the viewer inside this secretive industry to share the heartbreaking story behind every glass of milk. Length: 6:40 minutes. Content warning: This video may be inappropriate for some users.
- Through the Eyes of a Pig – Animal Equality investigators document the extreme cruel conditions experienced by pigs in across seven countries to take you to a place the meat industry tries to keep secret. Length: 10:33 minutes. Content warning: This video may be inappropriate for some users.
- 42 Days in the Life of Chickens – A commercial chicken’s life will last only long enough until they’re big enough to slaughter — about 42 days. Alone, but one among billions. Length: 4:32 minutes. Content warning: This video may be inappropriate for some users.
- 10 Billion Lives– FARM
In partnership with Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), Veracity Films created this video to show the horrors and cruelty of the meat, egg, and dairy industries. Over 10 billion farmed animals are killed each year for food, in the United States alone. Let’s stop animal abuse! By going vegan, you can save up to 100 animals per year! And the benefits don’t stop there! Length: 4:30 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- Have We Been Lied To? – FARM
This short, animated video educates about the many of the standard practices of animal farming that are unknown to much of the public. The use of animation allows the audience to learn about beak clipping, tail docking, cage restrictions, and more. Length: 3:00 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- The Truth About Dairy – James Aspey
The dairy industry is one of the most deceitful industries on the planet. James Aspey exposes the truths that we all need to know. Length: 6 minutes.
- Meet Your Meat – PETA
In a moving narration, actor and activist Alec Baldwin exposes the truth behind humanity’s cruelest invention ― the factory farm. Length: 11:30 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- Dairy Is Scary! – Eris Janus
The dairy industry explained in five minutes. Length: 5 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- Glass Walls – PETA
Music legend Paul McCartney narrates this powerful video revealing why everyone would be vegan if slaughterhouses had glass walls. Length 12:45 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- Photographing the Pigs of Dublin’s Saleyards – A We Animals short film.
“Saleyards are a space between farm and slaughterhouse. Pigs are bought and sold, stamped with ink, and pushed and prodded onto the next — their final — destination. These spaces are often forgotten by society, just another channel for farm animals to move through. Yet the animals here cling to life, seeking out my eyes, searching to understand what is happening to them, and what will come next.” Length: 1 minute. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- Promises – A We Animals short film
Join Jo-Anne McArthur on an investigation into the industrial farming of chickens. Gain a deeper understanding of the burden that all investigators must carry with them — leaving the animals behind. Length: 5 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- MILK – The White Gold or The White Lie? – FIAPO, #DontGetMilked
Is MILK really the superhero it’s portrayed to be? Watch this short film to get the answer. Length: 5:30 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
- What a Child Sees – Compassion Over Killing
Children seem to have a natural love for animals. A child’s view of why we shouldn’t eat meat or dairy. Length: 2:16 minutes.
- Humane Meat: Taste the Happy – PETA
Of course there’s no such thing as “humane meat.” PETA presents a short, light take on deceptive marketing language such as “humane,” “grass-fed,” and “organic” meat. Length: 1:12 minutes.
- WATCH: The Video the Rotten Egg Industry Doesn’t Want You to See – Mercy for Animals
A Mercy For Animals undercover investigation exposes sickening cruelty to animals at a farm that produces eggs sold across the United States. Hidden-camera video shows hens crammed in tiny cages barely able to move without climbing over other birds. Dead hens, rotted beyond recognition, are left in cages with hens still laying eggs for human consumption. Length: 2:49 minutes. Content warning: This video contains graphic or unsettling footage.
The International Film Festival, presents an annual festival of more than 30 vegan-themed films that are well-worth considering for your pay-per-view or other film-screening events. Film lengths run from a few minutes to half-an-hour, and the full festival runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. You can host a screening of the current full festival series with support from a grant from VegFund.