Wolfville N.S. (November 16, 2014) – Filmmakers from Canada, the US and Taiwan were the winners of four coveted Golden Tine Awards as part of fourth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest. Cook It Raw Charleston, Pour Retourner, GMO OMG and Zone Pro Site: A Moveable Feast were selected from over 50 contenders from around the globe – each featured throughout the five-day festival in Wolfville. The winners were announced this afternoon at the Golden Tine Awards Brunch held at Wolfville Farmers’ Market.
“This year we had an exceptionally robust program with films from around the world,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour! “We are delighted we were able to attract such a high calibre of culinary films. Each of the award winners should be very proud of their achievements.”
Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine of The Perennial Plate received the Golden Tine Award in the Best Short Documentary category for their short film, Cook It Raw Charleston, which explores southern food traditions from the perspective of chefs, farmers and food fans; Best Short Drama went to Scooter Corkle’s Pour Retourner, a story of a respected prison chef who is let out on parole and struggles to find a place for himself and his talent in the outside world; GMO OMG, directed by Jeremy Seifert, won Best Feature Documentary for the compelling story of a young father attempting to educate himself on what he is feeding his children; and Chen Yu-Hsun’s Zone Pro Site: A Moveable Feast won Best Feature Drama for the story of a young lady’s path to her destiny in the kitchen.
For the first time as part of Devour! an esteemed panel of judges, led by Thomas Struck from the Berlin International Film Festival, made the decisions as to which films would take home the Golden Tine Award in each category. An experienced director and producer, Struck is the director of Berlinale Culinary Cinema – an event that pairs 13 films that inspire five evening meals at the Berlin International Film Festival.
“Chefs get inspired by films, filmmakers learn from the kitchen, a concept which has proven to provide exciting and delicious entertainment worldwide from Berlin, San Sebastian and now Wolfville,” says Struck.
Canadian culinary maven, Lucy Waverman, best known for her weekly Globe and Mail column, and Aube Giroux, a Nova Scotia filmmaker, organic farmer and award-winning food blogger were also judges on the panel.
“This is the first time we’ve had a jury on the ground at the event,” says Lia Rinaldo, managing director of Devour! “It has added a level of prestige to the festival. It was a pleasure to have them here and to watch their process.”
Awards Brunch attendees experienced an incredible finish to the 2014 festival that included mouth-watering dishes by Chef Todd Perrin of Newfoundland’s Mallard Cottage and Chef Martin Ruiz Salvador of Lunenburg’s Fleur de Sel, along with brunch cocktails served up by Devour! mixologists Jeffrey Van Horne and Matt Jones.
The fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest will be held from November 4-8, 2015. For more information, visit 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, Kings County. The festival is a celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The fourth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated for November 12-16, 2014.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Only one hour from Halifax, the Town of Wolfville and Kings county provide the perfect setting for Devour! amid the beauty of the Annapolis Valley and the mighty Bay of Fundy. The heartland of Nova Scotia’s burgeoning wine industry and the centre of culinary and agricultural innovation, Wolfville is also home to Acadia University, one of Canada’s most renowned academic institutions, and a partner of Devour! The Food Film Fest.