The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival was started in 2010 as Tasmania’s first-ever major annual film festival. A unique event on the Australian film festival calendar, BOFA has always been intimate, thought-provoking and fun. It’s a film festival that’s been small enough to be friendly – not a black T-shirt or snooty attitude in sight – but big enough to be international in perspective.
Our mantra has always been to use film to inspire positive change and we pride ourselves on finding fresh, innovative stories to inspire you to see the world differently, truly a ‘breath of fresh air’. We find films that are receiving acclaim at international and national film festivals but we specialise in finding films that will not make the cinema circuit in Tasmania and which are not necessarily seen at other festivals. In 2016, we screened 14 Features (3 Australian), 25 documentaries (4 Tasmanian and 6 Australian ) and 75 Australian short films (including 42 Tasmanian).
We’ve also run BOFA in Action sessions that have made a real difference to our community and our state. These focused at the 2016 festival on:
- Smart Cities and regional development – a one day Connected Launceston: Smart City, Smart Region involved short films on the subject, 12 expert speakers, audience participation and agreed action outcomes
- Community development – a one day What’s Strong, Not Wrong with Communities session was facilitated by Peter Kenyon of Ideas Bank and involved a short films and presentations on the subject of community development, with audience participation and agreed action outcomes
- Topical issues – half day sessions were held on empowering young women (using the film What Tomorrow Brings as the basis for discussion) and “Community Takes Charge” as the Big Picture Discussion seen massive changes in the last decade as film has given way to digital production.