NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Wolfville, NS – Four filmmakers from three countries took home coveted Devour! Golden Tine Awards designed and created by Annapolis Royal metal artist Brad Hall.

The winners were announced last night and were selected from the 70 films from around the world that were featured throughout the five-day festival in Wolfville.

Natasha Subramaniam and Alisa Lapidus from the U.S. were awarded Best Short Documentary for their film Reverie. The film explores the visionary cuisine of Chef Jordan Kahn.

Best Short Drama went to the Swedish short Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven by Johan Palmgren and Åsa Blanck, a beautiful story of a boy and his bedridden grandfather and one last adventure together.

Italian Marco Bonfanti’s The Last Shepherd won Best Feature Documentary for the compelling story of Renato Zuchelli, the last traveling shepherd in Milan.

Americans Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin’s film Now, Forager won Best Feature Drama. The film is a bittersweet drama about Lucien and Regina, Basque-Americans who gather wild mushrooms in the woodlands of New Jersey and sell them door-to-door to New York restaurants. Along the way they learn to look at themselves and their relationship in a new light.

“We set out to make a film about working with food. One that speaks to cooks, purveyors, farmers – all the folks who get their hands dirty every day,” said Jason Cortlund. “Devour! not only brings that core audience to the films, it also provides a stage for them to show what they do best in parallel and create a conversation. It was an amazing festival to attend and I hope to come back again.”

Devour! organizers Michael Howell and Lia Rinaldo alongside Cheryl Hodder, Board Chair of Film & Creative Industries Nova Scotia presented the Golden Tine Awards at the Sweet Hereafter: Awards Presentation and Dessert Showcase. As the Honourary Consul of Sweden for Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, Ms. Hodder accepted the award for Best Short Drama on behalf of filmmakers Johan Palmgren and Åsa Blanck.

“Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia is a proud sponsor of Devour!,” said Ms. Hodder. “We would like to congratulate Lia and Michael and the entire festival team on the wonderful job they have done with this world class event.”

The Sweet Hereafter featured Chef Don Mailman and the Culinary Students of the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Kingstec who prepared a spread of extraordinary desserts including Kentville Beet Coral cake, smoked salt chocolate sauce, lavender and maple cotton candy, apple mint glass, coconut malt balls, licorice gummy, strawberry leather and mango curd.
The dessert showcase and awards presentation was followed by the film The Pastry Chef, topping off five extraordinary days of film, food and wine in what the Hollywood Reporter called “Canada’s secret foodie destination.”

“The success of this festival confirms there is obviously a huge appetite for culinary films and events promoting awareness of local food and wine,” said Michael Howell, Devour! Executive Director. “The reaction from participants, visiting industry session panelists, celebrity chefs, media and our sponsors lead us to believe that this extraordinary event has international appeal.”

“We are humbled by the support from everyone who helped make this event such a huge success,” said Lia Rinaldo, Devour! Managing Director. “The perfect ingredients really came together this week from our staff to volunteers to attendees to special guests, we can’t wait to do it all over again next year.”

Devour! The Food Film Festival will be held from November 12-16, 2014.


Best Short Documentary
Reverie – Natasha Subramaniam & Alisa Lapidus

Best Short Drama
Grandpa and Me and a Helicopter to Heaven – Johan Palmgren & Åsa Blanck

Best Feature Documentary
The Last Shepherd – Marco Bonfanti

Best Feature Drama
Now, Forager – Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin

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.


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Daphne North

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