Directors, Activists and Industry Heavies Bound for BOFA

By October 20, 2015 Events

Tasmania’s Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival will bring together an eclectic mix of special guests in Launceston from 4-8 November for a series of ticketed and free discussions.

Dayne Pratzky, the famous anti-fracking activist a.k.a the Frackman; Paul Barclay, the Radio National program host and Walkley Award winner; Robert Woolfe, the creative behind MadeOpen, a social network for social good; and Her Excellency Mrs Annemike Ruigok, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Australia, are just a few of the individuals attending the Festival.

“After searching the world’s best international film festivals, we’ve gathered a breathtaking selection of cinema,” said Festival Director Owen Tilbury. “And this year we have an equally as exciting troupe of film industry professionals and cinephiles joining us for the adventure.”

“Whilst BOFA is first and foremost about relishing the pleasure of watching great cinema, it’s also about action,” said Tilbury. “Our guests will be actively participating in action sessions and panel discussions where we can all tackle big and important issues surrounding modern cinema.”

From the interactive masterclass, ‘Maximising Impact and Money for Indie Films’, which details the best practices for indie filmmakers, to ‘In Conversation with Paul Barclay’, where the potential for film to combat domestic violence and initiate social change will be discussed, the Festival will cover a vast array of topics.

A particular highlight this year will be the ‘Big Picture Discussion’, where industry professionals will discuss how we can ethically support developing countries in the light of reducing aid.

The ‘Creating Community Change’ and ‘Creating Innovative Regions’ action sessions will also encourage young innovators to start thinking about their creative pursuits as vehicles for change, and explain how to transform an idea into action.

With a wide array of respected guests in attendance – BOFA 2015 is an event that all film buffs, lovers of the arts, advocators of social change and emerging filmmakers should mark on their calendar. It’s sure to be more than a ‘breath of fresh air!’

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