Catch Your Breath Moments

By April 16, 2021News

You can always tell a festival is getting close when the focus comes onto the fun red carpet and wine drinking opportunities. So let us tickle your party fancy.

Our Opening Night film is Vita and Virginia, which is set in the Roaring 20s so, of course, we can’t let that party opportunity pass by for a dress up, drink up and listen up before the film to get in the mood. Join us upstairs at the newly renovated The Plough Inn (opposite the Village cinemas, Launceston) from 6.00-7.30pm Friday 30th April in your best dress ups of the period (or not, just bring a party attitude as a minimum) to listen to a Jazz Trio, sip fine wines and nibble canapes. Register at

You can WIN a double pass to this opening night party and film in our Instagram competition @bofafilmfestival, entries close 22 April.

In Hobart, glamorous jazz bar, Pablo’s Cocktails and Dreams, 101-103 Harrington Street is the scene for a 6.00 – 7.30, pre-screening mood-making drink. The first 26 people (or 13 couples) who come dressed in Roaring 20s finery get the first glass of bubbles FREE! Book at

More BOFA details at Print programs are now at coffee shops and gathering places around the north of Tasmania. Soon to be distributed in southern Tasmania.


Film is a unique medium that combines the ancient arts of painting, theatre and story-telling with the modern arts of moving film and stills photography, reaching the emotions and our reason in ways unthought of in bygone times. Catch your breath with wonder at these wonder-inducing films!


This sumptuously filmed paean to the beauty of the Burgundian countryside, plots the hurdles the locals have overcome over the last 100 years to establish themselves as down-to-earth people of the country, yet who now sit on stratospherically expensive land, whilst consistently making some of the best wines on earth. Lovers of wine and Tasmanian wine makers will surely relate! Oh, and for three days each year they celebrate drinking loads of top-class booze and singing bawdy songs.

A wine tasting will be held after the Launceston and Hobart screenings compliments of Wines of Tasmania and Fermentasmania. Places limited so register now at Launceston or Hobart.


Spread Your Wings follows a disconnected and disenchanted son of divorced parents on a powered hang glider journey to guide a brood of geese, which are threatened by flying in aeroplane flight paths, as they migrate to the Arctic Circle. Based on the true story of ornithologist Christian Moullec, you – and your kids – will love it, especially if you have a little French – or a love of France – up your sleeves.


Jane Goodall: The Hope is about how to convince people – and in particular, young people – they need to make their voices heard. The film follows eighty-six year-old Jane Morris Goodall DBE as she hosts talks, attends symposia and appears in documentaries talking not about chimpanzees, but about driving sustainable change. As she nears the 60th anniversary of her first arrival in Africa, she reflects on the value of knowledge as a sign of hope for our planet. “My job is simply to inspire people,” she says. See this film, and be inspired yourself. Be the change you want to see!

The Jane Goodall Institute will host a Q&A after Launceston and Hobart screenings.

To the sponsors of the featured films, thanks for the continued support, guys.


Take a deep BOFA and prepare yourself for a night – not in a museum – but in a silo! Bringing history alive on the banks of the idyllic Tamar River is the unique characterful Peppers Silo Hotel. Dating back to the 1960’s, this heritage building, which spanned 35 metres high containing grain in four large silos, is now an iconic landmark converted into a sophisticated 9 storey hotel providing a unique place to stay in Launceston. You choose between rooms designed within the original silos or our beautifully appointed modern hotel rooms, both with all of the modern amenities (differing rates apply)

And as a breath of fresh air, Silo Hotel is offering 15% off room rates for those attending the festival. Property direct bookings only at 03 6700 0600 or Please quote BOFA0521 when making reservations.

This offer applies also to the Hobart – Mantra Collins and Mantra One Sandy Bay using the same discount code of BOFA0521