BOFA Film Festival began in Launceston in 2010, embracing the beautiful Autumn weather, it became synonymous with its carefully curated lineup of films from around the world. Originally a Northern event, over the years BOFA has evolved in a number of ways, expanding into the south of the State with a successful turn in Hobart last year, but most notably it was the first Film Festival in Australia to go entirely online when the COVID pandemic hit.
2022 will see even bigger things come to life as BOFA makes good on its plans to focus once more on the extraordinary beauty and smorgasbord of delights that is Northern Tasmania.
This year we’re moving away from our old model and embracing the unusual venues that emphasise the style and history of Launceston, from historic cinemas, arts precincts, heritage houses and even a pop-up cinema in a food market.
We’re also celebrating the recent recognition of the Launceston region as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, and hosting a series of food events matched with delicious films in some of the region’s finest food and wine establishments.
We are beyond exciting that BOFA Launceston is once again a place-based event showcasing this great regional city of film, visual and performing arts, food and wine.
BOFA is a film festival built on stories. Stories from around the world and around the corner. Stories that’ll make you think, laugh and cry out loud, stories that’ll make you want to change the world.
THIS YEARS FILMS
Awarded Australia’s Most Outstanding Farmers Market by ABC Delicious Magazine in 2013 and 2017, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market runs each Saturday at 71 Cimitiere Street. What better place to feature food, fun, and film on Saturday 30th April and Saturday 7 May?
MORE ABOUT THE MARKET
FILM and FOOD PAIRING
You are invited you to enjoy the cornucopia of local produce, great chefs and stunning presentation that led to the recently acquired title of an UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. Make your choice of Peppers Silos Grain Restaurant, Chromy Vineyard Restaurant, Museum Aged wine Tasting dinner and Quiz or Earthy Eats Mother’s Day Long Table Lunch. Bon appetit!
DISCOVER THE EVENTS
MORE ABOUT OPENING NIGHT
Fifty years ago, Cabaret burst onto the cinema screen. So let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary and party with Lisa Minelli at Cabaret in your finest Roaring 20’s outfit and join us for stylish drinks, cabaret performers and to-die-for canapes.
MORE ABOUT OPENING NIGHT
Launceston has some of the finest early Colonial and Victorian cityscapes plus gracious homes and mansions. So, why not combine a tour of Claremont House and Dowling House, two of these gems, with a glass of bubbles, canapes and a film on great art?
DISCOVER CLAREMONT HOUSE
DISCOVER DOWLING HOUSE
NORTHERN TASMANIA MAY EVENTS
MAY in Launceston and the Tamar Valley is particularly beautiful with golden autumn leaves and magical twilight. Launceston and region also have an amazing range of things to do and see in May, so BOFA has partnered with the best of these to make your visit even more enjoyable!
VISIT NORTHERN TASMANIA DISCOVER THE TOURS
FIRST NATIONS STORIES SHORT FILM COMPETITION
First Nation Film-makers from around Australia were invited to tell First Nation stories, short films that tell the Stories of First Nation people – men and women, young and not so young, stories of the past, present and future. Stories of adventures, wins, losses, connection to country, dreams and Dreaming, heart-ache and hope! View them for FREE and tell us your People’s Choice picks.
DISCOVER THE SHORT FILMS
EXPLORE BOFA ONLINE
In 2020 the festival went online to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, becoming Australia’s first major online film festival. In 2022 we’ve searched the world for 15 amazing and entertaining films for you to enjoy from the comfort of your living room, with friends, family or solo, when you like, any time of day or night for six weeks (15 April – 31 May).
DISCOVER BOFA ONLINE