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Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival 2014

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Newsletter / Wednesday 29, October 2014
Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards
Just 9 Days To BOFA 2014

We always knew that BOFA was a great Tasmanian event, but now it’s official! The 2013 Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival has been named Outstanding Event at the CGU/Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Tickets for BOFA 2014 are selling fast, and some movies are close to sold out, so pick up your BOFA program and book your seats now- don’t miss your only chance to see some of the world’s best features and documentaries.

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Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival 2014

Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th November 2014
Inveresk Precinct, Launceston TAS Australia

Last Chance For Opening Night

there are just a few places left for opening night- the great documentary Desert Runners followed by an after party at Mud- come and meet one of the stars of the film, Australian ultra marathon runner Samantha Gash and enjoy great Tasmanian food and wine from top Tassie chef Don Cameron. Book here now.

BOFA 2014 programs are available in many venues around the state, at Neil Pitt’s and Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston or online at the BOFA web site here.

Outstanding Event Award
It's Official - BOFA Is Northern Tasmania's Outstanding Event!

The BOFA team were celebrating on Saturday night when the 2013 Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival was named Outstanding Event at the CGU/Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards at Launceston’s Hotel Grand Chancellor.

The theme for this year’s Awards was “embracing innovation” and this description certainly fits BOFA, being the first (and only) major annual film festival in Tasmania. BOFA is also unique in Australia in building a Festival dedicated to inspiring people to make positive changes at a personal, local and global level...the “Film Festival with a conscience”.

After the award was announced, the BOFA 2014 Preview Showreel was screened to the audience of Tasmanian business leaders.

The Outstanding Event Award was sponsored by the City of Launceston and Festival Director Owen Tilbury accepted the award from Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten.

Owen stressed that the Award belonged to the BOFA team - the many volunteers who gave their time freely to make the Festival an ongoing success.

“We’re now in our fifth year and have come of age as an event which brings a unique arts experience to the city and attracts many visitors over the four days of the Festival.”

“BOFA 2013 may have been the north’s best event, but I promise that BOFA 2014 will be even better.”

Michael Cordell 41st International Emmy Awards
Look Who's Coming To BOFA

Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan and ultra marathon runner Samantha Gash (star of Desert Runners) may be the star attractions, but BOFA 2014 has also attracted an impressive lineup of major Australian film and television industry figures who will contribute to the discussions and masterclasses.

To guide prospective documentary makers, BOFA will bring in three of Australia’s major film buyers- Phil Craig, Head of Factual at ABC TV, John Godfrey, Head of Documentaries at SBS and Nick Batzias, Head of Production, Licensing and Acquisitions at Madman Entertainment. Three of the masterclass participants will be given a chance to pitch their projects and get immediate feedback from these experienced industry professionals.

Several other senior industry players will contribute to the masterclass and to BOFA.

Michael Cordell (pictured) is Creative Director and co-owner of Cordell, Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ). He is one of Australia’s best known  producers and filmmakers, with a string of film and TV credits including Gruen Planet, Go Back to Where You Came From, Two Men in a Tinnie and the documentary feature Year of the Dogs.

Ray Pedretti is Executive Producer at Showrunner Productions, which specialises in factual and documentary films for television. He has 25 years industry production experience- the most recent as writer and executive producer of the ABC series 72 Dangerous Animals Australia.

Susan McKinnon is a founder, Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Documentary Australia Foundation, an organisation which makes it possible for philanthropists to tax-effectively collaborate with filmmakers to tell stories that can truly change lives. She has 26 years experience as an independent producer, with credits which include Paul Kelly, Stories of Me (which screened last year at BOFA) and the Tanja Liedtke story, Life in Movement, winner of the Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival. From 1998 to 2005, Susan was the Documentary Investment Manager at the Film Finance Corporation Australia, where she assisted filmmakers in negotiating finances for their documentaries.

Malinda Wink is from Goodpitch Australia, whose mission is “connecting good films to good people”. Their first “pitch mission” was at the Sydney Opera House in October. Seven filmmakers, selected from 200 applications, pitched their projects to garner support in front of an audience of 300 philanthropists, NGOs, campaigners, policymakers and media during an eight-hour ‘pitchfest’. More than $2 million was raised in tax-deductible donations and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of in-kind support was pledged.

Presenting their own films at the Festival will be:

Janine Hosking, director of 35 Letters

Bridget Lyon & Jeff McDonald, directors of The Inheritance

Niall Doran, director of 16 Legs: Spider Love

Richard Flanagan, director of The Sound of One Hand Clapping

And finally of course BOFA will benefit from the talent and experience of our own Artistic Director Trish Lake, a highly regarded Australian producer, whose latest film The Frackman will set the scene for this year’s Big Picture Debate Fracking in Tasmania: Good or Bad?

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said that the Festival was delighted to be hosting so many of Australia’s leading film and television professionals.

“I think it shows that, after five years, the Australian film industry is taking us seriously and that BOFA is now a fixture on the Australian Festival calendar”.

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Go to the BOFA web site for ticket prices and multiple entry pass deals.  Be a part of Tasmania’s only major annual film festival.



Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival
06 - 09 November 2014
Inveresk Railyards Launceston TAS

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