From the glitz and glamour of Cannes to world-firsts at Warsaw to homegrown heroes in Sydney, the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival has scoured the world’s film festivals to bring the best films of 2014 to Tasmania.
BOFA—which will be held in Tamar Valley, Launceston—is proud to announce a full program of diverse and powerful films for its fifth annual event from Thursday 6 November to Sunday 9 November 2014. This year there’s a strong focus on documentary films as well as the best features from around the world.
The opening night film Desert Runners tells the extraordinary story of the Four Desert Ultra-Marathon Series, in which competitors run four grueling 250km races in the space of a year across some of the world’s most inhospitable terrains—the Gobi, the Atacama, the Sahara and Antarctica. Samantha Gash, whose journey features in Desert Runners, is a special guest at this year’s BOFA Film Festival. She is the youngest person and the only Australian female to complete the Four Desert Grand Slam and is a co-founder of Freedom Runners.
Another documentary, Finding Fela, tackles the astonishing life of Nigerian musical pioneer, political maverick and global superstar Fela Kuti. The Trip to Italy is a good laugh which follows Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan as they embark on a road trip of Italy. There’s also a horror bender—Babadook. Teasing the line between fact and fiction, this playful film follows a small town in France predicted as being the only place in the World to be saved from the Mayan Doomsday prophecy.
An industry master-class sponsored by Screen Tasmania called ‘Making Documentaries and Factual Content Films that Make a Difference’, is an opportunity to hear what industry professionals— including Trish Lake from Freshwater Pictures, John Godfrey from SBS, Phil Craig from ABC, and Susan Mackinnon from the Documentary Australia Foundation—have to say about developing, funding, making and distributing documentaries.
The Big Picture Debate is a free event about ‘Fracking in Tasmania: Good or Bad?’ Fracking conjures up images of flammable water gushing from faucets in films like Gaslands. However, US experts estimate that domestic shale sites hold an additional 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil and natural gas, and claim it is safe. So who is right? Speakers from both sides of the argument will debate the pros and cons of fracking, and screen footage from films on the subject.
The Festival Lounge and Wine Bar will be open all throughout the festival from 11am until late in The Annexe, providing the perfect place to meet up with friends before or after a film and enjoy fine Tasmanian wine and beer, gourmet food and coffee. It also provides a great environment for all festival-goers to meet and mingle. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, a full program and tickets visit: http://bofa.com.au/