FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23 – 28, 2018 in Wolfville and Kings County, NS
Wolfville, NS (September 5, 2018) – The world’s largest culinary film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest (Devour!), today announced the full film lineup for the 8th annual installment. The Festival will present 74 food-and beverage-focused films from 21 countries, running the gamut from eye-opening feature length documentaries to quirky and engaging short flicks. Devour’s 2018 programming centres around this year’s overall theme of “The Power of Food and Film to Transform”.
“Film is a powerful medium that can help shine a spotlight on important issues, spark conversations, inspire others and promote meaningful change,” said Devour! Managing Director Lia Rinaldo. “We are experiencing a cultural shift where many of us are rejecting the status quo and looking to transform our lives. As a result, the culinary industry, among others, is going through this period of upheaval and transition, which we strived to reflect in this year’s slate of inspiring and impactful films that explore topics from food waste, sustainability, food security, environmental impact, gender equality, discrimination and politics, to name a few.”
The 2018 lineup includes 28 thought-provoking feature films including eOne’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi about 85-year-old sushi chef Jiro Ono, the proprietor of a three-star Michelin sushi restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. The film will open the festival on Wednesday, October 24 and was personally selected by 2018 Festival Guest Curator Sam Kass, the former White House Chef for the Obama family and a healthy food activist. Each year, the festival’s opening guest presents their favourite food film of all time; the only retro title in the program.
Film highlights include the Thursday night gala film André – The Voice of Wine about André Tchelistchef, the godfather of California winemaking, directed by his nephew Mark Tchelistchef who will be in attendance; the Canadian premiere of returning filmmaker Gab Taraboulsy’s feature length biopic Funke, chronicling Chef Evan Funke as he sets up one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles, Felix Trattoria; the world premiere of the Canadian documentary Six Primrose, which chronicles the dramatic impact of accessing healthy food on the community of Dartmouth, NS; and the inspiring documentary Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story, chronicling Chef Eduardo’s recovery following a freak accident. Chef Eduardo Garcia is attending the Festival as a featured chef and will participate in the Celebrity Chef Dinner on Friday, October 26, alongside other top chefs still to be announced.
Devour! will screen several films that document the success of women and the challenges they face in the male-dominated culinary industry. A Fine Line, directed by Joanna James, explores why only six per cent of head chefs and restaurant owners are women and documents the rise of some of the most celebrated women in the industry including the World’s Best Female Chef and Devour! alumna Dominique Crenn and Emmy Award-winning TV Host Lidia Bastianich. Canadian Director Maya Gallus’ The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution profiles seven female chefs facing daunting professional obstacles, harassment and toxic environments. Thirty-six per cent of this year’s film program is directed by women.
The Festival will close with a feature drama from prominent Nova Scotia director Thom Fitzgerald. Splinters is an intimate drama about sexual identity, family and life in small-town Nova Scotia, filmed on an apple farm in the Annapolis Valley, mere minutes from the film fest’s location. This year’s program marks the festival’s largest program of Canadian content on screen at 32 percent of the films, including 17 per cent from Atlantic Canada.
Devour! will showcase 45 short films, including David Ma’s Hollywood-inspired recipe video series filmed in the aesthetic style of famous filmmakers: What if Alfonso Cuaron Made Pancakes?, What if Michael Bay Made Waffles?, What If Quentin Tarantino Made Spaghetti & Meatballs and What If Wes Anderson Made S’mores?. Additional programming includes six visually stunning films about Nova Scotia from the award-winning team behind the The Perennial Plate, and selections from returning filmmaker Kevin Kossowan’s James Beard Award Nominated Canadian series, From the Wild: Bay of Fundy and From the Wild: Devour! Edition.
A highlight of the festival program is the return of the Devour Road Show Celebrity Chef Dinner on Saturday, October 27, where a special program of five short films will be screened right in the barrel cellar of Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery, with chefs pulling their inspiration for their dishes right from the films.
All films are eligible for the Devour! Golden Tine Awards in five categories–Best Short Documentary, Best Short Drama, Best Feature Documentary, Best Feature Drama and Best Animation–chosen by an esteemed jury: Anita Stewart (Founder of Food Day Canada), Greg Rubidge (Syndicado Film Sales) and Dan Clapson (Eat North). The Awards Brunch will take place on Sunday, October 28 at Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery.
The 2018 Festival film screenings are:
All the Time in the World Suzanne Crocker | Canada
THURSDAY NIGHT GALA SCREENING: André – The Voice of Wine Mark Tchelistcheff | USA/Germany
As Needed (Quanto Basta) Francesco Falaschi | Italy/Brazil
The BBQ Stephen Amis | Australia
FRIDAY NIGHT SPOTLIGHT GALA SCREENING: Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story Phillip Baribeau | USA
Chef Flynn Cameron Yates | USA
Constructing Albert Laura Collado & Jim Loomis | Spain/Estonia
The Devil We Know Stephanie Soechtig & Jeremy Seifert | USA
The Empire of Red Gold Xavier Deleu & Jean-Baptiste Malet | France
A Fine Line Joanna James | USA
From Seed to Seed Katharina Stieffenhofer | Canada
Funke Gab Taraboulsy | USA/Italy
The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution | Maya Gallus Canada
OPENING NIGHT GALA SCREENING: Jiro Dreams of Sushi David Gelb | USA
Knife Skills Thomas Lennon | USA
Once Again Kanwal Sethi | Germany/India/Austria
Our Blood is Wine | Emily Railsback USA
A Polar Year (Une année polaire) Samuel Collardy | France
Scotch: A Golden Dream Andrew Peat | Taiwan/Scotland
Secret Ingredient Gjorce Stavreski | Macedonia
The Silver Branch Katrina Costello | Ireland
Six Primrose True Faux Films | Canada
Soufra Thomas Morgan | USA
CLOSING NIGHT GALA SCREENING: Splinters Thom Fitzgerald | Canada
The Superfood Chain Ann Shin | Canada
Tazzeka Jean-Phillipe Gaud | France
There is No Place Like Home (A Casa Tutti Bene) Gabriele Muccino | Italy
ULAM: Main Dish Alexandra Cuerdo | USA
America: The Ice Cream Truck The Perennial Plate | USA
Bao Domee Shi | USA
The Best Place to Tell Stories Kevin Kossowan | Canada
The Birth of Bread Matthew Pendergast | UK
The Bite House The Perennial Plate | Canada
Borscht & Fresh Bread Sarah Gignac | Canada
A Brief History of Acadians in Nova Scotia (and their food) The Perennial Plate | Canada
A Butcher’s Heart Wouter Jansen | Netherlands
Café de Temporada Maria Luisa Santos | USA
Chapters of Food: Mole is Mexico Barbara Anastacio | Mexico
Conad Compilation Stef Viaene | Italy
The Common Chameleon Tomer Eshed | Germany
Corky Ty Primosch | USA
Cosmic Connection James Boo | USA
Cups & Robbers Jim Simone | USA
Embrace the Blue Douglas Keir Blackmore | Canada
The Foolish Side of Food Luca Goudon | Italy
From the Wild: Bay of Fundy Kevin Kossowan | Canada
From the Wild: Devour! Edition Kevin Kossowan | Canada
Gefilte Rachel Fleit | USA
The Grey Zone Brian Gersten | USA
How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara Felicity Morgan-Rhind | New Zealand
Is You Is My Baby Kelly Perine & Bry Sanders | Canada/USA
John Bil Shane Pendergast | Canada
Lightfoot & Wolfville The Perennial Plate | Canada
Make Love: Bar Ape James Reid | Canada
Mitsuharu Tsumura of Maido Jim Kane | Peru
Nova Scotia The Perennial Plate | Canada
On the Shores of This Bay The Perennial Plate | Canada
Proud to be Prairie James Reid | Canada
Pulled Strings Vicki Chau | Canada
Red Velvet Mahmoud Samir & Youssef Mahmoud | Egypt
A Rising Tide The Perennial Plate | Canada
Soul of a Nosh James Boo | USA
Style Points James Boo | USA
Thin Skinned Aaron Tilley | UK
Tibor Petra O’Toole | Canada
Tungrus Rishi Chandna | India
Virgilio and Malena Martinez Jim Kane | Peru
What If Alfonso Cuaron Made Pancakes? David Ma | USA
What If Michael Bay Made Waffles? David Ma | USA
What If Quentin Tarantino Made Spaghetti & Meatballs? David Ma | USA
What If Wes Anderson Made S’mores? David Ma | USA
Wild Mushroom and Venison with Jon Parry Jamie Orlando Smith | UK
For more information on the Festival programming, please visit devourfest.com.
Tickets are on-sale and range in price from $10 to $999 (plus applicable taxes). Devour! offers a round-trip shuttle from Halifax to Wolfville for $20. For more information or to purchase tickets visit devourfest.com.
Devour! is digitally enhancing the guest experience with a newly launched Festival app, Devour! The App, powered by Greencopper. The app makes it easy for attendees to plan their experience, purchase tickets and dig into all the event has to offer. Devour! The App will soon be available for free download on iTunes and Google Play.
Stay tuned for additional programming announcements including a complete list of participating chefs, industry workshops, special events and more in the coming weeks.
Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary gastronomic activities, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest film festival focused on food and drink. The annual six-day festival hosts 100+ events, high profile chefs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world and, in 2017, attracted almost 11,000 food and film lovers to Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Festival has become a destination and attracted celebrities and notable chefs including Jason Priestley, Anthony Bourdain, Jacques Pépin, Dominique Crenn, Chuck Hughes, Michael Städtlander, Normand Laprise, Michael Smith, John Higgins, Gordon Pinsent and Bill Pullman to name a few. Each year, a major icon kicks off the festivities and top chefs from across Canada and around the world collaborate on a special Gala Dinner.
Only one hour from Halifax and Stanfield International Airport, Devour! takes place in the culinary epicenter of Nova Scotia. Wolfville, Kings County is home to a thriving wine industry, fertile farmland and is known as the agricultural heartland of the province. A rich cultural landscape infuses the region and its people with a respect for the surrounding riches. No scene could be more fitting for Devour!
“Everything about it was as promised; from beginning to end. It was special in every way: the housing; hosts; the chefs and their presentations, and – without fail – the ever-present flow of street life, and new friendships everywhere we turned. There was not a wrong step in any of it. I thought I was home.”
– Gordon Pinsent, 2017 Devour! The Food Film Fest Guest Curator
Devour! The Food Film Fest recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.
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