OUR VISITORS LOVED IT…
“I loved BOFA. Great hospitality and great community spirit. It was lovely to be a filmmaker participant at this festival which promotes positive social change and you get to talk to people as well as watch films. The volunteers, the festival hosts, the bars and cafes and the films themselves were all fantastic.”
-Gillian Leahy – Director, BAXTER AND ME
“The friendliest film festival I have attended, with an excellent diverse program of films, and an inviting array of film events, local delicacies and great guests. The festival makes Tasmania, and Launceston, proud.”
-Peter Krausz, Film Critic
AND YOU LOVED IT….
“Great atmosphere, amazing films, good opportunity to discuss ideas and concepts. The general buzz was infectious.”
-Local Film lover
THANKS FOR MAKING THIS OUR
BEST BOFA YET
A ROUNDUP OF THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOFA 2016
“The best BOFA program so far” was the universal feedback from audiences this year. The Music of Strangers, Zach’s Ceremony, The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe and The Islands and the Whales were seen as the best and most thought-provoking documentaries. On the lighter side, audiences loved Weiner, The Confirmation, Sour Grapes and the tenth anniversary showing of Kenny. Ten films were sellouts and many more had near-capacity audiences.
Our Red Carpet screening of Like Crazy on Opening Night gave a stellar start to the Festival with the capacity crowd partying on at MudBar afterwards.
THE FILM MAKERS
A number of prominent Australian film makers were guests at BOFA 2016. Writer and director of the Australian classic Kenny, Clayton Jacobson, was there to celebrate the iconic film’s 10th anniversary. Tasmanian born director Damien Power (a past winner of the BOFA Short Film Competition) returned to present his first feature film Killing Ground. Trevor Graham talked about his film Monsieur Mayonnaise at a sold out screening and Gillian Leahy hosted her film Baxter and Me. Aaron Petersen talked about the six year process of making Zach’s Ceremony and Ros Horin and Aminata Conteh-Biger were BOFA guests for their popular Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe.
BOFA IN ACTION
BOFA is always more than just movies- our Action Sessions are an integral part of the Festival.
What’s Strong not Wrong with Communities
This one day session talked about communities coming together and using what they have to get what they need. The Action Session was sold out and highly rated by international expert facilitator Peter Kenyon of Ideas Bank.
Connected Launceston: Smart City, Smart Region
This Action Session had a stellar line up of speakers from Singapore, Oceania, Australia and Tasmania with an action team of volunteers agreeing to progress 10 significant projects to make Launceston a Smart City and example for Australia.
What Tomorrow Brings (Film & Panel)
This session was presented by Big hARTS’s Project O Team, discussing opportunities for young women in Tasmania, and was enthusiastically embraced by the 23 young Afghani students who attended the film and discussion.
Community Takes Charge Big Picture Discussion
At this free BOFA event, a lively panel engaged the audience with the increasing role of community in a world where politics and government are increasingly disconnected from the people.
FOSTERING AUSTRALIAN FILM MAKERS
BOFA Short Film Competitions- THE WINNERS
BOFA this year ran three separate short film competitions, and the winners were……
The winner of the BOFA Devil Aussie Award for an Australian short film of 15 minutes or less was The Crossing, directed by Marieka Walsh of NSW.
The Crossing is an innovative animated film created using salt and sand grains, and tells the story of a sea captain, the sole survivor of a violent storm.
The BOFA Devil Tassie Award for best Tasmanian short film was won by Matt Newton and Catherine Pettman (above left) for Doing it Scared, the story of British climber and mountaineer Paul Pritchard, now living in Tasmania. After a serious fall climbing the iconic Totem Pole in 1998 and with a permanent disability, he returns 18 years later to complete the climb.
Both BOFA Devil Awards were sponsored by Aussie Launceston and the winners received $1,000 and a unique hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award.
In a new initiative to promote junior football in Tasmania, Hawthorn Football Club this year partnered with BOFA in a short film competition.
Tasmanian junior football clubs were challenged to produce a three minute video about their club- its history, its achievements, or its colourful characters – the unique story of their club.
The winner was Evandale Football Club for It’s More Than Football, which tells the story of the club’s first Youth Girls football team in the inaugural NTJFA competition.
The final short film competition was the Parks & Wildlife Short Film Competition “A Place to Connect” which celebrates 100 years of National Parks in Tasmania.
The competition was sponsored by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and the winning film maker was Simon Treweek for The Edge of the World, filmed at Shipstern Bluff, Tasmania’s renowned surfing site within the Tasman National Park. The Runner-Up Award went to Joe Shemesh for Woodvine.
SHORT FILM MASTERCLASS
Prospective film makers gathered to hear the experience of three well known Australian film makers at the BOFA Short Film Masterclass on Saturday.
Film makers Clayton Jacobson, Damien Power and Astrid Cooper
SCRIPT TO SCREEN YOUNG FILM MAKERS’ WORKSHOP
Young film makers aged 12 to 18 enjoyed a sold-out one day Script to Screen film making course with the professionals.
Andy Del Vecchio, director, on location with young film-makers
Our sincere thanks to the wonderful team of BOFA volunteers who truly make this the Friendly Film Festival..
Sally-Anne Charles and TAFE student volunteers
The Festival Lounge was again the centre for relaxing between movies, BOFA events and in Conversation sessions with film makers.
AND THE FUTURE…
The challenge this year was securing the feature films we wanted to show, as most distributors now are unwilling to hire to festivals that don’t use DCP (multiplex standard) projection- which we don’t have given we use a conference centre, museum, UTAS lecture hall and Performing Arts theatre venue! BOFA is talking to Star Cinema and Village Cinema about a relationship going forward to overcome this. This will change the nature of BOFA but we must move with the times to get the range and quality of films we want.
WATCH THIS SPACE…
AND A FINAL BIG THANK YOU TO THE BOFA TEAM , OUR VOLUNTEERS, OUR SPONSORS AND OF COURSE TO YOU – OUR AUDIENCE!