WOLFVILLE, N.S. — Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent has been announced as guest curator for Devour! The Food Film Fest’s 2017 Opening Night Gala on Oct. 25.
The 2017 instalment of the festival — themed “A Celebration of Canadian Cinema & Cuisine” — will shine a spotlight on Canadian film and food in recognition of our nation’s sesquicentennial. Pinsent has personally selected The Hundred-Foot Journey directed by Lasse Hallström to screen at the opening of the festival.
“It has long been a desire of ours to invite Gordon Pinsent to our festival,” says Michael Howell, executive director, Devour!. “Having an iconic Canadian open Devour! as guest curator fulfills a long-time dream. In this year of celebrating Canada 150, it is only fitting that one of our greatest actors launches our Festival celebrating food and film.”
Devour! also recently secured $85,000 in provincial funding to support the growth and development of the festival for the 2017/18 year through the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
“Events such as Devour! not only showcase our culture and heritage to national and international audiences, they also enhance communities’ pride of place. Stronger, richer communities help to build a more vibrant province,” says Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “In addition, Devour! increases the profile of our local filmmaking community while providing employment opportunities for many businesses, including the local food-and-beverage and event-management sectors.”
Organizers will announce the full Devour! 2017 program Aug. 22 at George Brown College in Toronto. More info on the festival is available at devourfest.com.