Calling All Food Filmmakers! 8th annual Devour! The Food Film Fest is accepting submissions for the world’s largest food film festival

Wolfville, Nova Scotia (March 14, 2018) – Devour! The Food Film Fest, the world’s largest food film festival, is inviting emerging and established filmmakers to submit entries for its 8th annual edition, taking place October 24-28, 2018 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The annual five-day festival is a must-attend destination that brings together more than 10,000 food and film lovers from around the world.

Encompassing over 100 events, Devour! features more than 70 food-themed films from celebrated Canadian and international filmmakers and extraordinary gastronomic activities with acclaimed chefs and culinary personalities such as past participants Anthony Bourdain, Dominique Crenn, Bob Blumer, Jacques Pépin, Michael Smith, Chuck Hughes, Michael Städtlander, Normand Laprise and John Higgins; as well as celebrity guests Jason Priestley, Bill Pullman and Gordon Pinsent, who guest curated the festival in 2017, among other luminaries.

Submitted films must be about food, beverage or socio-environment issues related to food. Categories for submission include:

Short Animation
Short Drama
Short Documentary
Feature Drama
Feature Documentary

All submissions must be received through Devour’s secure online submission platform: filmfreeway.com/DevourTheFoodFilmFest.

The deadlines to enter are:

  • May, 4, 2018 – Early bird deadline (entry discount applies)
  • May 18, 2018 – Regular deadline
  • June 15, 2018 – Final extended deadline (late fees will be applied)

Accepted submissions will be considered for The Devour! Golden Tine Awards selected by a prestigious jury from around the world presented on October 28, 2018.

“The bar has been raised on the calibre of our film program as we have started to secure more world premieres within our unique niche each year, thus garnering more interest from distributors and other film festivals worldwide,” says Lia Rinaldo, Devour! Managing Director.

Last year, more than 70 films were screened fresh off the global film festival circuit including the world premiere of David Eng’s Grand Cru and the Canadian Premiere of Jacques Pépin: Art of Craft by Peabody and four-time Emmy Award-winning Director Peter L. Stein. James Beard Award-winning documentary filmmakers Mirra Fine and Daniel Klein of Perennial Plate were also featured in the 2017 selections and continue to be part of Devour!’s 2018 satellite event programming. Earlier this year, Devour! announced the expansion of the 2018 festival – including 13 satellite events from Fogo Island to Sonoma Valley, Berlin to the Bahamas, each mouth-watering event features a curated food-and-film pairing. Two new satellite events in Jasper, Alberta and Sonoma, California are already sold-out.

Also returning for a fourth year is the Nourish Nova Scotia Food & Film Challenge, a filmmaking competition that is open to children and youth of all ages. Stay tuned for upcoming updates and announcements.

The first round of signature event passes and packages to the 2018 Devour! The Food Film Fest, including the Devour! The Festival VIP Pass, are on sale now atdevourfest.com/packages. The Festival VIP Pass provides front-of-the-line priority access across the entire five-day festival including the opening gala evening, films, workshops, tasting tours, celebrity chef dinners, parties and special events. For more information on Devour! The Food Film Fest and its upcoming satellite events, visit devourfest.com.

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.

National Media Contacts:
Andrea McLoughlin, Holmes PR, 416-628-5609 / amcloughlin@holmespr.com
Adrienne Kakoullis, Holmes PR, 416-628-5610 / akakoullis@holmespr.com

Maritimes Media Contact:
Jill Chappell, Devour! The Food Film Fest, Marketing & Communications
902-717-5981 / jillc@devourfest.com