FOOD AND FILM ALL-STARS TO HOST DEVOUR! INDUSTRY SESSIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wolfville, NS (October 24, 2013) – Professional and amateur filmmakers, bloggers, foodies, budding chefs and professionals alike will eat up advice from the world-renowned presenters at Devour! The Food Film Fest. This year, Devour! introduces a new series of industry sessions as the cherry on top of a jam-packed program of film and food events.

The sessions focus on three groups: The Culinary Enthusiast, The Food Blogger and The Filmmaker. Each stream will offer three 90-minute sessions featuring experts in each area. Participants will experience top chef demos, interactive seminars on food photography, food styling and recipe writing and advice from film industry heavyweights on an array of topics.

One of the highlights from The Filmmaker group is Pitching Food Content to Networks & Production Companies sponsored by Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia. The session will feature three top culinary content creators and producers, Rachel Low, Kathy Cross and Laurie Barnett, all of whom will talk about how to craft the perfect pitch from the onset of a creative idea through to execution as well as how to break into the food business on screen.

“Factual entertainment is a rapidly growing segment of the television industry,” said Lisa Bugden, President & CEO of Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia.  “Local producers are successfully developing content for this segment and exporting programs around the world. This session provides another opportunity for our industry to learn and compete internationally.”

Tickets start at $30 per session with progressive discounts savings of up to 40% off. Savings begin when two or more session tickets are bought.

“These industry sessions offer something for everyone,” says Lia Rinaldo, Managing Director of Devour! The Food Film Fest. “No matter your level of expertise, if you have an interest in food, this is the place to be. We’re already thrilled with the interest and how quickly tickets are selling.”

SESSION TOPICS AND SPEAKERS

The Culinary Enthusiast
Nose-to-Tail Cuisine – Toronto Chef Scott Vivian and local Chef Chris Velden show spectators how to create delicious food from all parts of the animal.
Seafood Inspired – Quebec superstar chef Danny St Pierre leads through a demonstration that explores what we can do with seafood, respecting sustainability and the need to source products from our own region.
Modern Cuisine – Designing the Plate with NEXT FOOD’s Michael Blackie from Ottawa. You can make it taste good, but let Chef Blackie show you how to make it look good too.

The Food Blogger
Food Photography – Arguably the professional food world’s most sough-after blogger/food photographer, Bonjwing Lee “The Ulterior Epicure” hosts a discussion on his global food travels and talks about how to attract the attention of the pros.
Recipe Writing – With Kathleen Flinn of “Cook Fearless” and “The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry”. One of North America’s most endearing and accessible bloggers spells it out – what are readers looking for.
Food Styling – With one of the region’s best, Atlantic Canadian Food stylist Debbie Page shares techniques and insider tips on professional food styling.

The Filmmaker
Pitching Food Content to Networks & Production Companies – With Rachel Low of madHIVE MEDIA, Kathy Cross (Shaw Media/Food Network) and Laurie Barnett (Zero Point Zero, NYC). This powerhouse trio of female Television executives and creative partners give a lucid, candid and informative round table on what the producers are looking for. Bring your Pitch!
Creating Culinary Content for the Web – A panel discussion with Leo Artalejo, Aube Giroux, Zahra Sethna, and Stephen Mostad about the culinary web with an eye on cutting edge video blogs, online magazines, interactive iPad cookbooks and those who are dramatically changing their methods of delivering content to their fans.
Screenwriting: Spotlight on Food Dramas –- This celebrated writer discusses how to could effectively cook up your writing into a narrative feast and make the studio system work in your favour.

TICKET INFORMATION

To see the complete program and detailed information about the workshops, visit www.devourfest.com. Tickets for the festival’s screenings and events are on sale now online via www.devourfest.com and www.ticketpro.ca and by phone at 1-888-311-9090.

Tickets are also available at all Ticketpro outlets in Nova Scotia, including Box of Delights Bookshop (466 Main Street, Wolfville), Wilson’s Pharmasave (100 Station Lane, Kentville) and Video Difference (6086 Quinpool Road, Halifax). Please note that Ticketpro outlets accept cash or debit only. Tickets will be available at the Festival Box Office at the Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street, Wolfville) beginning November 13. For hours of operation, visit: www.devourfest.com.

ABOUT DEVOUR! THE FOOD FILM FEST

Devour! The Food Film Fest is an international festival celebrating cinema, food and wine culture. The five-day festival takes place in the culinary epicenter of Nova Scotia – the Town of Wolfville. The festival, formerly the Slow Motion Food Film Fest, is a celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. www.devourfest.com.

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