BOFA 2013 Sets New Records
| Other Publications | Dec 2013
The fourth Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival was easily the best yet, with boxoffice up 35% over last year.
Opening Night- The 2013 Festival opened with a sell out opening night film and 'Cannes Glam' party! Festival attendees enjoyed fine Tasmanian food and wine, dressed up in all their glitz and glamour, following the film screening.
Special guest- This year's special guest was Aaron Pedersen, lead actor in the Australian crime drama Mystery Road, which was one of the more popular films for the Festival. Aaron kept the audience enthralled at The Actor's Studio Q&A event, led by Sara Cooper of Cooper Screen Academy
BOFA Gallery- One of Australia's leading photographers, Delly Carr held a photo exhibition capturing the world of pop culture and cosplay (costume play).
Tasmania Action Day- The Festival with a conscience dedicated an entire day to (Tasmanian Action Day) focusing on political, economic and environmental issues that affect Tasmania today, with 21 proposed actions arising from the panel and audience discussions that followed the films.
Master Classes- Ably led by BOFA Artistic Director Trish Lake of Freshwater Pictures. 'Game Changer: opportunities in the digital world' was held as part of the BOFA Screen Industry Day. The nine panellists presented their views on the opportunities and challenges for Tasmanian filmmakers in the digital space. Also part of the BOFA Screen Industry Day, the 'Low Budget Feature Film Making' presentation provided valuable advice on low budget financing for filmmakers. The Q&A included leading producers, directors, filmmakers, and as a surprise special guest, Alex Sangston Senior Manager, Producer Offset and Co-production at Screen Australia.
This year's Big Picture Debate looked at 'our screen addiction is destroying us'. Garry Bailey ex-editor of The Mercury and Cate Sinclair CEO of Cornerstone Youth Services Inc, eloquently made their points but the motion was lost with Matt Deaner of Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) and Freya John of Scotch Oakburn College declared the winners! The debate was once again hosted by Simon Longstaff of the St James Ethics Centre, Sydney.
Three awards selected in partnership with Screen Tasmania and the Australian Writers' Guild were presented to Tasmanians in the industry: Alicia Rackett received the inaugural BOFA Devil Entrepreneurial Spirit award; Director Ninna Millikin received the BOFA Devil Short Film award for Piercing Silence, a documentary profiling the experiences of three women having an abortion and the BOFA Devil Script Award went to Adam Ransley for Eastside, a film about a teen girl who suspects she's pregnant. As the award winner, Adam's script was read aloud by actors from Mudlark Theatre on Sunday.
Australian Writers' Guild's Vicki Madden, BOFA Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner Alicia Rackett of Blue Rocket, Screen Tasmania's Karena Slaninka and Festival Director Owen Tilbury.
2013 Testimonials from Festival Attendees
Courtesy of Other Publications Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival Newsletter