The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival is normally a cinema-based event in Launceston and Hobart. In 2020, we adapted quickly to the Covid-19 pandemic by setting up and screening entirely online. BOFA was the first major online film festival in Australia. It was provided FREE to a national audience of over 27,000 viewers, with 40% of this audience (11,000) from outside Tasmania.
Tasmanian films like Rogue Waves, films from every major film making region of the world plus short films showcased world stories and the beauty and stories of Tasmania. Our Eat and Drink theme category was used to promote sales of excellent Tasmanian wines with all proceeds going to the vineyards.
In May 2021 BOFA will offer both a blended online AND an in-cinema film festival (Launceston and Hobart) as research shows an appetite for BOTH formats.
The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival (www.breath-of-fresh-air.com.au) uses film to inspire positive change – personally, in the community and in the world.
The festival focusses on film’s ability to:
1. Inspire meaningful change
2. Engage and activate community
3. Support creativity and innovation
The corporate and government funding supporting BOFA has been slashed this year due to competing demand for support. Hence, support from those who enjoy our FREE curated film festival is critical for our 2021 festival and for future festivals.
If you have enjoyed (or are about to enjoy) the curated selection of fine films from around the world we urge you to donate a small, medium or large amount as your way of showing your appreciation – and your support for this community-led festival.
Donations will support the costs of:
1. promoting the festival state-wide and nationally through print programmes, paid social media and other advertising.
2. hire of the current release films from 17 different countries.
3. bringing directors and actors to the festival to talk about their films at screenings, to celebrate significant milestones, to be part of Action Sessions on the themes and to give masterclasses with local film-makers.
3. running an art and photo competition on the theme of favourite films and their influence.
Find out more at www.breath-of-fresh-air.com.au