Check out the 2011 2012 BOFA Film Festival
Make a Difference

Make a Difference Day.

Sunday November 10

BOFA is a celebration of fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to screen based story -telling which inspires positive change. Make a Difference Day is a day of film and fun, with many free activities and sessions for individuals and families, focussed on the theme of making a difference.

On Saturday 10th November BOFA 2013 will present:

Crowd-Funding Workshop

One BOFA ticket or use your BOFA pass

This new and exciting way to fund small budget film projects will be examined in this workshop, led by Rick Chen co-founder of crowd-funding platform Pozible. Pozible provides the platform for project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience, world wide. If people love what you’re creating, they can support it by pledging money. Many aspiring film makers and arts practitioners understand the concept of crowd-funding, but lack the skills to plan and implement a campaign. Tasmanian film makers currently undertaking crowd-funding will be used as examples and participants will emerge with their own draft plan for a crowd-funding campaign.



(Australia, 1980)

The first modern feature film made in Tasmania and an Australian classic.In 1830, Tasmanian aboriginal woman Manganinnie survives a Black Line raid which claims the life of her husband. During a family outing in the wilderness, a young girl, Joanna, becomes separated from her family leaving Manganinni to take her into her care. Joanna joins Manganinnie on a long journey in search of her people. Exquisitely photographed by Gary Hansen, capturing the raw beauty of Tasmania’s untouched wilderness. Q & A with director John Honey Suitable for children over 9.

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Pandora’s Promise

USA – Director Robert Stone
THE ANNEXE. 9.30am-12.00

The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? “Whatever your stance, Stone’s compelling film opens Pandora’s box and promises to change the conversation for years to come
Sundance Film Festival.

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The Human Scale

Denmark- director Andreas M. Dalsgaard
QVMAG THEATRE. 10am-11.45am
Danish architect Jan Gehl preaches a break with the modernist mantra of cars, freeways and high-rise development in favour of cities based around people. “thoughtful and compelling”
DOXA- Documentary Film Festival.

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Show me the Magic

Australia – Director Cathy Henkel, producer Trish Lake

An enthralling journey into the life and 40 year career of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine (Breaker Morant, Moulin Rouge, Wolverine), “…every bit as charming and forthright as the man himself”.

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Expedition To The End Of The World

Denmark Sweden – Director: Daniel Dencik
QVMAG THEATRE. 12.00-1.45pm

In this real life adventure, an unlikely mix of thinkers takes a three masted schooner to the previously ice-blocked fjords at the top of Greenland, defrosted by global warming- a landscape unexplored since prehistoric times. Visually ravishing and thought-provoking but with plenty of humor, the voyage encounters polar bear nightmares, Stone Age archaeology and entirely new species. An unforgettable journey.

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The Big Picture Debate

ANNEXE THEATRE. 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Once again, BOFA gathers two teams of outstanding speakers to debate a controversial and topical subject. Because BOFA is the first major Australian festival to recognize and celebrate story-telling on all screens from cinema and TV to gaming, internet and beyond, this year’s subject will be “Our Screen Addiction is Destroying Us. See details at The Big Debate page


UK/India – Director Kim Longinotto

Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet: the first step to challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village.
“a beautiful and tragic film”
Huffington Post
“premiered to a standing ovation”
Sundance Film Festival.

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Canada – Director Anais Barbeau-Lavalette
QVMAG THEATRE. 2.00pm-4.00pm

Controversially withdrawn from Melbourne’s Israeli Film Festival as “anti-Israel”.

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Script reading with Mudlark Theatre


Actors from Mudlark Theatre will join with BOFA Festival guests to read the winning script from the Australian Writers’ Guild script writing competition. See details at Prizes/Awards page. Hear the winning script from the 15 submitted in 2013.

Mary meets Mohammad

Australia – Director Heather Kirkpatrick
THE ANNEXE. 2.15pm-4.15pm
“Miss this … and you are mad. So evocative, so powerful, so utterly, fully, human. It’s a stunner”
Lindsay Tuffin- Tasmanian Times.

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My Sweet Pepperland

Iraqi Kurdistan/France/Germany – Director Hiner Saleem
VILLAGE CINEMA. 2.30pm-4.15pm

“a warm, witty lampooning of John Wayne western from a corner of the world where the Wild West still exists”
Melbourne Film Festival

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Paul Kelly – Stories of Me

Australia- Director Ian Darling
THE ANNEXE. 4.30pm-6.15pm

“this insightful documentary paints a vivid picture of an endlessly curious musician”
Urban Cinephile

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Taiwan – Director: Alvin Chen

On the one hand a sweet and funny rom-com on the foibles of loving other people but on the other an honest and refreshing look at sexual repression in a society moving from a conservative past. “An unadulterated pleasure to watch”

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Friday 8th Nov from 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm – (Tasmanian Action Day)

In a first for BOFA 2013, ABC OPEN will set up a video booth at the Festival and ask people to share a personal story, inspired by BOFA’s theme of “positive change”.
Festival visitors will be asked to answer one of four questions on camera:
• Have you ever created a positive change in your life?
• Have you ever created a positive change in your community?
• Has anybody inspired you towards a positive change?
• Have you been the receiver of an act of kindness from a stranger?

A short video will compile snippets of people’s stories. It will be published on the ABC OPEN website, BOFA website and social media channels.

Lots of the films left a lasting impression and I am telling people about them. I found it very uplifting, even though some topics were grim. But what the festival did, is focus on the positive. What people can do and have done. Somehow I would say there was an underlying theme: “Don’t give up, rather start making a difference!”

- Karen Ly, Migrant Resource Centre