Wolfville, N.S. (October 29, 2015) – From Copenhagen to Edinburgh, Los Angeles to Toronto, dozens of film industry professionals will be gathering in Wolfville, Nova Scotia for the fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest. International filmmakers, film festivals, producers, directors and other industry leaders will join renowned film star, Bill Pullman, for a festival that combines cinematic talent with extraordinary culinary creations from November 4-8.
“Devour! is quickly being seen as the go-to festival for directors and producers to premiere and showcase their films in this growing niche market,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour! “We expanded our film program to almost 80 films this year and worked hard to ensure a rich movie-going experience for each and every screening through special guest appearances, engaging discussions and many other surprises.”
As a key component in the Devour! film segment, three industry heavyweights have been invited to select the festival’s best films. Winners of the five Golden Tine Awards will be presented at the Awards Brunch on Sunday, November 8.
Sonoma Int’l Film Festival head programmer Steve Shor will lead the 2015 jury panel. Canadian culinary icon Anita Stewart, founder and president of Food Day Canada, will bring her wide array of food and travel writing experience to the jury table. Finally, Scottish film producer Grant Keir, best known for producing credits with the BBC, ABC (Australia) and the National Film Board of Canada, will complete the well-rounded jury panel.
Throughout Devour! many directors, producers and film stars will attend the screenings of their films. Good Things Await film stars, Niels and Rita Stokholm will be travelling from Copenhagen to attend the highlighted Spotlight Gala film; Lucie Tremblay, Montréal producer of The Empire of Scents; Jonathan Staav, director of The Singhampton Project will be flying in from Toronto; Kimberly Wright from Sesame Street will be travelling from New York; Judith Olney director of Swank Farm from Florida; Barbara Tranter and Libby Smith, directors of Happy Goats, Happy Cheese from Charleston; Erica Robert Pallo will be bringing her Austin roots to Nova Scotia for the screening of her film You Say Texas, I say BBQ; Leanne Bishop (originally from Port Williams, Nova Scotia), Michael Mason and Kelly Perine will be flying in from Los Angeles to attend the sold out screening of Reservations for Three?; Jane Davis and Mandy Mushlin of Meet The Maker: The Pastry Chef; Rami Katz of Fish Soup; Max Lanman of I’m F**king Hungry; James Reid of Make Love: McCamus Maple Syrup; Brad Sayeau of Rising Canteen; Katrina Albright of The Shrimper; Piero Iberti and Jeremy Zalben ofJoe’s Dairy; and Sally Karam, Michael Allcock and Jakub Dzamba of Kubo’s Crickets.
“We’re really looking forward to hosting our largest delegation of visiting filmmakers in Wolfville to date,” says Lia Rinaldo, managing director of Devour!“We also have a number of directors and programmers attending from film festivals in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles which is a true validation of our program’s growth internationally.”
The #EatItUp Film Wristband includes five-day access to all films in the festival program, including the Opening Gala Film Babette’s Feast with Bill Pullman and Saturday evening’s Spotlight Gala. These can be purchased through Ticketpro now.
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 epicentre of Nova Scotia – the town of Wolfville, Kings County. The festival is an experiential celebration of food on film, the culture of food and the dramatic impact it has on our day-to-day lives. The fifth edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest is slated for November 4-8, 2015.
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.