The difference between just watching movies and being at a film festival is… CONVERSATION. That’s why BOFA’s motto is Great Stories, Together.

So… BOFA 2021  kept the conversations going at our in-cinema screenings with panels and film folk talking about the issues raised by a film. Check them out here.

Set out below are the panels for  TEN excellent Q & As from the Launceston and Hobart In-cinema Festivals.

Most Q & As in-cinema were recorded and uploaded. See them below.

The Reason I Jump, Friday 10am, Village Cinemas, Launceston is a captivating and beautiful film that offers us a rare insight into the experience of autism. Anne Maria Nicholson, award winning ABC journalist will interview Pen Blake, a 32 year old uni student studying psychology at UTAS, who was diagnosed with autism in her early teens along with Geraldine Robertson, consultant and advocate, who supports autistic people to achieve their goals.

Owen Tilbury, BOFA Festival Director, who interviewed Vincent Sheehan, the filmmaker responsible for The Hunter, Friday 3.00pm, Village Cinemas, Launceston, 10 years ago will probe the reasons for the ongoing interest in this iconic Tasmanian film on its 10th anniversary. He will encourage Vincent to tell all about the back-stories of working with international icons of film like Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill. Incidentally the genesis of the project to make The Kettering Incident, another quintessentially Tasmanian story, was at BOFA 2011!

Another idea that came to fruition from a conversation at BOFA is Fermentasmania, the burgeoning campaign to make Tasmania an internationally-recognised centre for excellence for the design, production and marketing of fine fermented food, beverages and other products. Karina Damberg, CEO of Fermentasmania will respond to how The Birth of Sake Saturday 10.00am, Village Cinemas, Launceston, balances heat, agitation, moisture and yeast to achieve the perfect balance of flavour, fragrance and alcohol.

No one interested in wine should miss Three Days of Glory, Saturday 3.00pm, Village Cinemas, Launceston, a paean to the beauty of the Burgundian countryside where small plot winemakers make some of the best wines on earth. Kim Seagram, vigneron, restaurateur and visionary will ask the winemakers behind Beautiful Valley Wines, Bellebonne and Wellington and Wolfe their response to the film and any parallels they can see in their experience of artisanal wine making in Tasmania.

Trish Lake, award winning producer of Freshwater Pictures and also BOFA Artistic Director, will interview Ros Horin, filmmaker of Rosemary’s Way, Saturday 5.00pm, Village Cinemas, Launceston, to find out more about the human dynamo Rosemary Kariuki, 2021 Australian of the Year, Local hero and the making of this highly successful documentary of her life and the impact she has made on so many new citizens of Australia.

Owen Tilbury, BOFA Festival Director and lover of India, mountains and adventure will get Michael Dillon, director of Hillary: Ocean to Sky, Saturday 7.30pm, Village Cinemas, Launceston, to tell us his stories of Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mt Everest, on what he called his “best, the most memorable expedition of them all,” as he jet boated up the Ganges River, to its source in the Himalayas, then set out to climb nearby Akash Parbat (Sky Mountain).

Anne Maria Nicholson, award winning ABC journalist, will ask Jim Stevens, the director of Meet the Wallers, Saturday 8.00pm, Village Cinemas, Launceston, what it takes to make a film over 17 years that captures the fly-on-the-wall essence of an ordinary, optimistic, realistic, changing and often struggling family as the painter father/husband chases his dream of being a successful artist.

A stellar panel of Tasmanian architects (Sam Haberle and Jack Birrell) and designers (Lisa and Simon Ancher) will discuss Aalto, Sunday noon, Village Cinemas, Launceston with Claire Beale, Director, Design Tasmania, to salute the genius of Alvar and his wives Aino Marsio and Elissa Aalto and the legacy they left for designers and architects worldwide.