During the recent COVID-19 Stay at Home policy, community arts organisations BOFA and Interweave Arts took rapid adaptive practice measures to continue delivery of cultural programs to community.
The Tasmanian BOFA Film Festival uses film to inspire positive change – personally, in the community and in the world.
The festival is normally a cinema-based event in Launceston and Hobart. In 2020, our 10th anniversary, the festival went online to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. BOFA was the first major online film festival in Australia and provided FREE to a national audience.
The FREE BOFA Online Film Festival reached a national audience of 27,000 film viewers, with 40% located outside Tasmania.
REMADE Creatives Online is a media streaming creative club by Interweave Arts where community can connect, collaborate and exchange skills, ideas and resources by sharing simple smartphone videos documenting the making process of their REMADE wearable art design.
REMADE Creatives Online feeds into REMADE, a sustainable wearable art show which promotes environmental sustainability by challenging Tasmanian artists, schools and community groups to design large scale wearable artworks made from recycled materials. Like BOFA, REMADE celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020.
Many of Interweave’s usual participants and audiences include people with disabilities who are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and as such need to maintain isolation longer than most. These participants are used to actively engaging in Interweave’s community activities and have been deeply adversely effected by this change in routine, so it is vital that an alternative platform via REMADE Creatives Online address this.
HOW DONATIONS WILL BE USED…
Based on BOFA’s successful outreach as an online festival BOFA are proposing the continuation of a FREE online festival in parallel with a physical film festival in both Launceston and Hobart. Your kind support will help achieve this ambitious goal for 2021.
BOFA will also continue to provide mentorship to Interweave Arts and include video and short film content from REMADE Creatives Online project in our 2021 program.
Interweave Arts will use donations to employ artists with disabilities to contribute to REMADE Creatives Online as well as the production of a feature ‘poetic documentary’ by videographer Darryl Rogers with artist Ralf Haertel, chronicling the creation of a major installation to be highlighted at REMADE’s next event.
DGR documentation from the Australian Cultural Fund will be provided to supporters, enabling them to claim donations as a tax deduction.