Everyone’s a Winner

The Wakefield Doc Fest’s highly sophisticated calculating and tabulating machinery has been working overtime, and the results are in… while all four of the films in our BON APPÉTIT! weekend showed well at the polls, it was THE HEAT: A KITCHEN (R)EVOLUTION that finally won the day! This wonderful and humane film from Canadian filmmaker Maya Gallus tracks seven women chefs in New York, Paris, Toronto and London, revealing their difficulties and successes in a predominantly male world – there might just be a less brutal and combative kitchen culture emerging as a result. It’s still on the festival circuit, so if you weren’t able to see it at BON APPÉTIT!, watch for it in the months ahead at local theatres.

The director of the BON APPÉTIT! Best of Fest film, Maya Gallus, will receive a cash prize generously provided by Roslyn Bern’s Leacross Foundation. Roslyn and the Leacross Foundation provide the prizes for both the main Wakefield Doc Fest festival in February and the themed Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend, in this case, BON APPÉTIT!

Those that were lucky enough to attend the screening on Saturday evening, the 13th of October, were also fortunate to enjoy a panel discussion with four accomplished women chefs from the region: Anna March; Lauren Power; Caroline Murphy and Patricia Larkin. Noted restaurant critic, author and culinary judge Anne DesBrisay also joined us – and the whole discussion was moderated by Jessie Duffy from Edible Ottawa. A fascinating discussion, followed by a terrific reception with delectable finger food, prepared by our own Cordon Bleu chef, Alison Scott, assisted by Lynn Barwin and Rosanda Bellar-Spruyt.

We also drew the names of the winners of our prizes from the ballots submitted, including the fortunate two who won gift bags from our esteemed local chocolatier, La Confiserie: Peter Schulz and Lucie St. Martin. We also drew two names for Weekend Passes to our 10 th Annual (!!) Wakefield Doc Fest, coming in February 2019: Louise De La Gorgondière and Barb Lougheed.

Bon Appétit!

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Wakefield Doc Fest 2018 WRAP UP

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9th Annual Wakefield Doc Fest Set to Go February 3rd through March 4th 2018


All the ‘t’s are being crossed and the ‘i’s dotted. Yessir, we’re almost set to roll out the 2018 Wakefield Doc Fest – our 9th annual – at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche on chemin-de-la-vallée-de-Wakefield in Wakefield. And, as usual, there’s a terrific offering of some of the very best of current Canadian and International documentary film in the lineup, along with director visits, panel discussions and special events to augment your viewing experience.

All alone on the weekend of February 3rd is a very special event indeed. At 2pm on Saturday the 3rd, Wakefield Doc Fest is delighted to present JANE, a beautiful film in contention for this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Told largely through the fluid use of never-before-seen National Geographic footage shot at the time, and using her diaries and current reflections, the film traces the early years of Jane Goodall’s studies of chimpanzees in the wild, telling the remarkable story of how this incredibly young and not-formally-educated woman was chosen by Louis Leakey and sent out to develop and execute a totally different kind of wild animal study, by living among them. Along the way, a rather tender love story is told as well. Backed with a beautiful and evocative score by Philip Glass, this is not a film to be missed.

And hang on: Wakefield Doc Fest is offering this film for FREE!!

Yup. As in no price for admission.

REBELS ON POINTE Best of Fest audience favourite at second annual Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend!

There was another close Wakefield Doc Fest race between the two strongest contenders in the field of five films, but REBELS ON POINTE, directed by Bobbi Jo Hart of Montreal, pulled out in front as the final ballots were counted. The film is about the extraordinary, all-male, classical and comic ballet troupe, Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlo – and the joyful mood continued after the screening as an ebullient audience poured into the lobby at the Centre Wakefield La Pêche, many decked out in feather boas, to enjoy extraordinary ‘themed’ treats created by our very own in-house chef, Alison Scott.

Many thanks again to Roslyn Bern and the Leacross Foundation for continuing to support this audience-chosen award!

A Race to the Wire: DARK HORSE wins Leacross Foundation “Best of Fest” Award

And on that happy note: that’s it!

The 8th Annual Wakefield Doc Fest has ended, with great revelry. It was a BEAUTIFUL Spring-like day on February 26, 2017 in Wakefield, Quebec, and still, a great huge crowd of dedicated film enthusiasts decided to sit in a dark theatre instead of enjoying the temporary release from winter for our final screening, DARK HORSE.

Could it be that they had heard of the fantastic gourmet snacks being prepared by our chef, Alison Scott, for the Closing Gala following?

Well possibly. True to her modus operandi, Alison prepared fantastic grub in keeping with country of origin of the film: Welsh rarebit, for instance, and miniature Yorkshire Pudding bites and Bara Brith. Yum!

Although the audience did also enjoy the film with great enthusiasm. So maybe it wasn’t all about grub. Or maybe it was a perfect package.

Next up is the Wakefield Doc Fest Weekend in the fall. Mark your calendars! We’re booked into the Centre Wakefield La Pêche for the weekend of 22 – 24 September, 2017 to screen our second themed weekend mini-festival of recent, feature-length, internationally acclaimed documentary films. News of the theme will be coming shortly.

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