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Devour! Fest Jury Selects 2021 Golden Tine Award Winners
Wolfville, NS (October 24, 2021) – Filmmakers from across the world were honoured today with the prestigious (and delicious) Devour! The Food Film FestGolden Tine Awards.
After deliberating over 45 tempting films encompassing this year’s theme of Global Indigenous Cinema & Cuisine, the jury (Janet Hawkwood, Head of the Screen Arts Program at NSCC, and Bill Niven, Halifax-based Film and Television Producer), were served their films virtually this year and collectively praised the following films:
Best Feature Drama: Wildhood (Nova Scotia, Canada. Nation: Mi’kma’ki), directed by Bretten Hannam and filmed in English and Mi’kmaw. The jury noted that this Two-Spirit odyssey, beautifully shot along the Bay of Fundy in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia), offers a fresh perspective on culture, tradition, and family. The trio of young actors delighted audiences with great performances, with a special mention to local cinematographer Guy Godfree.
Best Feature Documentary: Come Back Anytime (Japan), directed by John Daschbach. The jury commented that this life-affirming film about a husband-and-wife duo running their Tokyo ramen shop to devoted customers truly reflects the spirit of Devour!, bringing food and community together.
Honourable Mention: Life of Ivanna (Russia/Norway/Estonia/Finland. Nation: Nenets), directed by Renato Borrayo Serrano. The jury expressed that the film is an impressive fly on the wall documentary that allows the story of this powerful character to unfold gracefully.
Best Short Drama: The Cocktail Party (USA), directed by Jessica Saunders, a well-made and funny film about a cocktail party that turns into an unexpected martial arts action film.
Best Short Documentary: Alone Out Here (Australia), directed by Luke Cornish. The jury noted that this brave and unique story combined with the main character’s compassion and desire to make a real difference is the perfect recipe for this exceptional film.
Honourable Mention: Tanagokoro: A Culinary Portrait (UK), directed by Victoria Fistes & Masashi Nozaki. The jury explained that this is a beautifully constructed documentary about an exceptional chef making change happen.
Honourable Mention: The Water Walker (Canada, Nation: Anishinabe), directed by James Burns. The jury noted that this film, relevant to this year’s theme of Global Indigenous Cinema & Cuisine, was visually impacting and made great use of animation.
“We were enthralled by all 45 films screened at this year’s festival, celebrating Global Indigenous Cinema and Cuisine,” said Janet Hawkwood, Devour! Jury chair. “From around the world, these are life-affirming stories, fly on the wall documentaries, to hilarious and unexpected comedies. Whether attendees nibbled a sample of these films or devoured the full menu, we think this year’s film programme was an excellent representation of everything Devour! Fest has to offer.”
The Devour! programming committee spent the months leading up to the festival carefully selecting each film in this year’s programme.
“We’re delighted with the calibre of our film program this year,” said Lia Rinaldo, Devour! managing director. “From returning filmmakers to Devour! first timers, whether you tuned into the films at Wolfville’s Al Whittle Theatre, the Valley Drive-In Theatre, or streamed online from your home, fest-goers saw an immense amount of talent this week.”
Devour! staff recognized that this year’s revered jury had a tough decision on their hands while selecting this year’s winners.
“Our jury members are esteemed experts in their respective fields and brought their many years of experience to bear in deciding what this year’s winning films are,” said Michael Howell, Devour! executive director. “Although we know choosing winners amongst the impressive slate of impactful films was difficult, we are delighted with the jury’s choices.”
The Nourish Nova Scotia Food and Film Challenge Award was presented to Morgan Landry during Devour!’s opening film screening, for her film Morgan’s Guide to Composting!
For those looking to get a last-minute nibble of Devour! flicks, the following Golden Tine Award winning films are screening today, Sunday, October 24 both online and in person: Life of Ivanna at 2pm AST, Come Back Anytime w/Tanagokoro: A Culinary Portrait at 5pm AST, and Wildhood at 8pm AST. Dig in and buy your tickets here.
Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary gastronomic activities, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest film festival focused on food and drink. This annual, six-day festival typically hosts 100+ events, high profile chefs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world. Devour! has attracted more than 14,000 food and film lovers to Nova Scotia, Canada in 2019 alone. Devour! Fest thanks the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and The Province of Nova Scotia, through its Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. The twelfth edition of Devour! is slated for October Oct 24-30, 2022.
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