Strawberry Days, directed by Wiktor Ericsson
Strawberry Days

Eight Filmmakers from around the globe have become the winners of the coveted Golden Tine Awards as the seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest comes to a close in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Strawberry Days, directed by Wiktor Ericsson, won Best Feature Drama for shining an intimate light on a part of the food industry we don’t often see up close; and Jiu-liang Wang’s Plastic China won Best Feature Documentary for tackling a massive global issue and bringing it right down to a human, in fact child size, level.

Shingo Usami received the Golden Tine Award in the Best Short Drama category for Riceballs, a film built on small moments around food for a father and son. Best Short Documentary went to Patrick Bresnan for The Rabbit Hunt which follows a family on a rabbit hunt as sugar cane fields are being burned. Best Animation went to Fabio Friedli’s In a Nutshell, a clever and creative film that makes unexpected but legitimate links.

Honourable mentions go to Aube Giroux for her film Modified and Kevin Kossowan for his short, Kill DayThe jurors were impressed by the way Giroux’s film wove together a political and personal story, ambitiously assembling an assortment of footage and techniques from home movies to interviews.

The Devour! jury was incredibly moved by Kevin Kossowan’s Kill Day. Never has a butcher so eloquently summed up the somewhat conflicted, ongoing struggle to put ethically sourced meat on the table. Kossowan takes a topic so many people would rather look away from and brings it to life in a very poetic and poignant way.

The Nourish Nova Scotia Youth Food & Film Challenge winner was also awarded at today’s brunch. Presented by CBC’s Tom Murphy, Christelinda Laureijs took home the $500.00 Nourish Nova Scotia Youth Food & Film Challenge prize to support a healthy eating initiative in their school/community for her film, Food for the Planet. Laureijs was also gifted a brand-new CBC prize, a $500 GoPro Kit.

The eighth edition of Devour! will take place October 24 to 28, 2018.

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