The 2015 Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival (Wed 4 – Sunday 8 November) once again drew film lovers and film makers to Launceston over five days with glamorous red carpet events, impassioned discussions about innovation/social change and of course, incredible films.
Oh, and BOFA won the Building Communities Award at the 2015 Business Excellence Awards too! A nice follow on from winning the 2014 Outstanding Event Award. Congratulations to all the BOFA team.
BOFA 2015 had a 20% box office growth compared to 2014, which had also grown by 60%, resulting in 30+% of screenings being sell-outs in the four festival venues.
Interstate visitors mingled with the audience from all around Tasmania to enjoy the festival and savour the add-on features like Behind the Bubbles and Taste of the Tamar tours.
A huge thank you to YOU, our loyal and growing audience and our band of supporters and partners.
Put the 2016 BOFA dates in your diary now: Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 November.
Festival Director Owen Tilbury had this to say: “BOFA 2015 was the year of “What’s Your BOFA?” as a way of describing the many different aspects to BOFA. The success of the red carpet and major features, the more offbeat films like Tehran Taxi, five Tasmanian features (including 3 world premieres), 6 major Action Sessions and 50 short films made up an appealing programme that saw the audiences laughing and crying and packing the Festival Lounge to chat. Roll on BOFA 2016!”
Festival By The Numbers
Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival 2015
So Much To See And So Close
Things To Do Around Launceston
Join us at BOFA then enjoy what there is to see in Launceston, the Tamar Valley and around Tasmania. So much to see… and so close.
Use the Zoom function on Google Map to find local coffee shops, restaurants, shops and attraction. Zoom right out and see locations half an hour’s drive or a few hours away. Or talk to a friendly local. They’ll have lots of recommendations!
Not Only Great Films – Fly and Stay
Our preferred provider of accommodation in Launceston is Hotel Grand Chancellor with special rates for BOFA visitors. Just click the hyperlink to get great discounts on current rates. BOFA’s preferred carrier is QantasLink. Book your travel and accommodation at the Launceston Travel and Information Centre
The Inveresk and York Park Precinct, once Tasmania’s largest industrial site as a Railway Workshop site, is now the major cultural heart of the town. Graciously lined with trees it is the home to BOFA’s 4 main screening venues, The Blue Cafe, Railway Cafe and extensive parking. A unique and beautiful home for BOFA film Festival
A. The Tramsheds
With a film audience capacity of 390 people, the Tramsheds Auditorium features tiered seating and the latest state of the art audio and visual technology with a 5.7m wide movie cinema screen.
B. The Annexe
A purpose built theatrical space with a 148 seat main theatre, the Annexe is part of the University of Tasmania’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. It also houses our Festival Lounge where you can enjoy fine wines and food between screenings.
QVMAG, one of Australia’s finest regional museums, is also a screening venue for BOFA. The Nualla O’Flaherty theatre seats 66 in comfort, with the Railway Café next door for some refreshment between screenings.
D. School of Architecture & Design Theatre
This 120 seat theatre is our home for Action Sessions and the more interactive part of our programme. It is very well situated next to the Annexe where food and wine can be had at the Festival Lounge between screenings.
1. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
QVMAG, one of Australia’s finest regional museums, is not only a screening venue for BOFA but where you’ll find the QVMAG Tasmanian history and natural science collections. The Art Gallery has ten galleries, the Guan Di Temple and the ArtSparks! Family Art Space. Don’t miss the Railway Workshops still left as they were when the Precinct downed tools when trains no longer ran in Tasmania.Website
4. City Park
This beautiful parkland features mature trees and shrubs, a display of annual flowers, a Japanese Macaque monkey enclosure, the John Hart Conservatory, a duck pond, senses garden, monuments, chess board, historic Albert Hall, barbeque area and a children’s playground.Website
5. The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania
This collection of cars and motorcycles spans a hundred years of style and technical achievement with its impressive collection of traditional and contemporary marques.Website
13. Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, the start of the 65-kilometre (40-mile) Overland Track through the Central Highlands wilderness, is just three hours drive from Launceston and a great place to see rainforest and majestic mountainsWebsite
Hobart, the home of MONA, the controversial world class museum of old and new art, is a scenic 2 hours drive away on good roads. Hobart boasts some of the best colonial architecture in Australia, plus excellent restaurants, markets, museums and world class scenery including Mt Wellington on its doorstep.Website
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