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BOFA aims to play an important role in the development of Tasmania as a creative state with an appealing lifestyle and a vibrant screen industry. BOFA wants to be seen as THE Tasmanian film festival which is ‘owned’ by the local screen industry with competitions, prizes and awards to aim towards – competitions that promote excellence and are a benchmark for the state.

BOFA 2013 focuses on challenging and acknowledging the highly creative Tasmanian screen industry with not just one, but three, competitions and awards. These reflect the importance of script writing, short film production and entrepreneurship in the making of a successful career in the Tasmanian screen industry.

Zak Hepburn, 2013 BOFA Devil Short Competition Judge with Ninna Millikin, Winner, 2013 BOFA Devil Short Award

Every successful film starts with a great idea creatively expressed that then needs to be effectively produced and creatively directed to bring it to life. But it is entrepreneurial skills that often distinguish one highly creative Tasmanian film maker from another. This year, BOFA will also acknowledge and reward entrepreneurial Tasmanian screen practitioners who have the right mix of creativity and business acumen to persuade investors that their film needs to be brought to life on the big screen, and who use innovation and vision to grow businesses that create sustainable jobs and investment.

In 2013 BOFA conducted three screen competitions in partnership with Screen Tasmania and AWG, with the following shortlisted and winners announced at an awards function at 5.30pm on Saturday 9th November at the festival.

The winners are:
BOFA Devil Short Film Award: Ninna Millikin (Piercing Silence)
• BOFA Devil Script Award: Adam Ransley (Eastside)
• BOFA Devil Entrepreneurial Spirit Award: Alicia Rackett (Blue Rocket)

The calibre of this year’s finalists was very high, presenting an eclectic range of creative expressions across differing genres. The winning films engaged with the core thematics of BOFA 2013 – chiefly the idea of promoting positive change through illuminating stories. These works showcase striking creative voices of emerging Australian filmmakers,” said Zak Hepburn, one of the BOFA judges, as well as journalist and board member for the Australian Film Critics Association.

The winners for the three screen competitions were selected in partnership with Screen Tasmania and AWG.

BOFA Short Film competition – Short-listed Entries screened at BOFA 2013:

    Circles (director Jared Abdul-Rahman)
    The Game (director Larelle Bossi)
    Angel Cake (director Matthew Rooke, producers Dominique Hurley, Rogan Brown and Meg Bignell)
    BTM (director Ivano Delpio, producers Richard Spurrier and Rae Smith)
    Days When We Went Swimming (director Shane Gould)
    Stories from the Sea (director Rebecca Hubbard)
    Dingleberry (director Matthew Rooke, producers Rogan Brown, Dominique Hurley)
    Water, a Poem (directors Andrew Del Vecchio and Justus Neumann, producer by Dominique Hurley)
    The Silence of Whitewater (director Daniel James)
    The Room at the Top of the Stairs (director Briony Kidd, producer Adam Walker)
    The Lala Road (director Letitia Lamb)
    Piercing Silence (director Ninna Milliken)
    Plastic Shoreline (director Nina Milliken, producer Niall Doran)
    Outback Soul (director Max Moller)
    Exit, Pursued by a Bear (director Sara Pensalfini)
    Showing the Ropes (director David Pyefinch)
    Magic Miles (director Nick Roden)
    Stripped Bare (writers Lucien Simon and Nathan Spencer, director Lucien Simon, producer Catherine Pettman)
    The Book of Memories (director Ella Watkins)
    Her Day, He’s on the Back Seat and The Reluctant Dad (director Shaun Wilson, producer Sky Machine)

BOFA Script competition – short-listed entries (in partnership with AWG and Screen Tasmania):

    Stolen Seed by Kim Jacobs
    Eastside by Adam Ransley
    Salt of the Earth by Briony Kidd

BOFA Entrepreneurial Spirit competition – short-listed entries:

    Sara Cooper (Cooper Screen Academy)
    Carolyn Frichot (Signal Hill)
    Alicia Rackett (Blue Rocket)

ALL COMPETITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT BOFA 2013 AT 5.30 PM SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

2013 Tasmanian Short Film competition. Entries closed Friday 27 September,2013 at 5pm AEDST

Film makers resident in Tasmania are invited to submit their short films (made in the last five years and maximum length 15 minutes) to a new Tasmanian Short Film competition. Up to 15 short films will be selected for screening before feature length films and documentaries to public audiences at BOFA 2013.

The winner and selected short film makers will be publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 9th November) in the Festival Lounge at the BOFA Film Festival. The winner will be presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award. The winner and partner will be invited, as BOFA guests, to the Saturday 9th November (7.30pm) Food, Wine ‘n’ Film Dinner (in association with the national award winning Harvest Market and TASTAFE). All selected short film makers, including the winner, will be sent a FREE 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice.

Criteria
To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Tasmanian resident
  • Provide a film that is 15 minutes or less in length
  • Own all the rights to the film.

Application Information
Entries must be lodged via mail to BOFA Short Film Competition, 22 Lanoma street, East Launceston, Tasmania, 7250. You must submit your film in high definition format ( H.264 QuickTime file – 16:9) either as a BlueRay, DVD or USB/hard-drive. Entries also need to be made available electronically via Vimeo or similar so that the judges in different parts of the country can view them online.

Entries must be accompanied by a fully competed entry form found at 2013 Entry Form –
Download the entry form here

Receipt of the quicktime file, on-line version and completed entry form are necessary for a valid entry.

General Terms And Conditions
There is no fee to enter the Competition. BOFA will not pay the film-maker for the screening of the short film.

No responsibility will be taken by BOFA for any late, lost, incomplete, incorrectly submitted, delayed, corrupted or misdirected entries, claims or correspondence destruction, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, or alteration of entries.

Entry to the Competition is not a guarantee that your film will be screened at BOFA 2013. Up to 15 Tasmanian short films will be screened at BOFA based on the judges’ selection. Less than 15 Tasmanian short films may be chosen at the discretion of the judges. Non-Tasmanian shorts may also be screened BUT will not be judged in competition.

Your entry (including any copies of your film) will not be returned to you.

Entry is free and entries closed at COB Friday, 27th September, 2013.

Judging
An industry panel consisting of representatives of the screen industry, Screen Tasmania and BOFA will judge the competition on:

  • Excellence in craft and skill
  • Outstanding storytelling at any budget level
  • How well the story aligns with the festival’s focus on fresh perspectives in screen-based story-telling and on facing personal or community or global challenges.

Selected shorts will be determined according to the above criteria and shortlisted entrants will be contacted by telephone. The selected film makers and the short film winner will be publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 9th November) at the BOFA Film Festival, where the winner will be presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award.

2013 Tasmanian Script Writing competition. Entries closed Friday 27 September,2013 at 5pm AEDST

Script Competition

Tasmanian Breath Of Fresh Air Film Festival, Screen Tasmania, Final Draft and the Australian Writers’ Guild are proud to present a joint initiative for Tasmanian performance writers.

If you have written a script for a feature film, tele-movie or TV series (one episode), don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to win 12-months free membership of the Australian Writers’ Guild, a copy of Final Draft 8 professional script writing software AND get your work read at BOFA 2013 by professional actors from Mudlark Theatre in front of an audience including mainland and Tasmanian screen industry guests.

The shortlist and the winner will be publicly announced at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 9th November) at the BOFA Film Festival, where the winner will be presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award. The winner and short-listed screen writers and their partners will all be invited as BOFA guests to the Saturday 9th November (7.30pm) Food, Wine ‘n’ Film Dinner (in association with the national award winning Harvest Market). The short listed screen writers, including the winner, will be sent a FREE 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice.

In an effort to give promising Tasmanian projects the best possible chance of production, the short-listed and winning scripts of the BOFA Competition will be added to the AWG’s Pathways Program, an initiative designed to fast-track potential projects by matching the writer with targeted producers, production executives and/or directors.

Criteria
To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Tasmanian resident
  • Have a completed script for feature film, tele-movie or TV series (episode)
  • Have not submitted this screen play to BOFA in 2012
  • Own all the rights to the project.

Application Information

Entries must be accompanied by a fully competed entry form found at 2013 Entry Form –
Download the entry form here

To apply submit the completed application form via e-mail to: director@bofa.com.au in PDF format:

  • Log line (one sentence synopsis of the story)
  • One paragraph synopsis of the story
  • First 15-pages of your script

Originals are not to be supplied, as applications and supporting material will not be returned.
Entries are free and close at COB Friday, 27th September, 2013.

Judging

An industry panel consisting of representatives of AWG, Screen Tasmania and BOFA will judge the competition. In the first round judges will assess the applications for:

  • Excellence in craft and skill
  • The potential for the project to be produced

A short list will be determined according to the above criteria. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by telephone at the end of the first round. In the second round, the short-listed applicant’s full script will be assessed. The shortlist and the winner will be publicly announced at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 9th November) at the BOFA Film Festival.

2013 Entrepreneurial Spirit Competition. Entries closed Friday 27 September,2013 at 5pm AEDST

Nominations are invited for a new Entrepreneurial Spirit Award to recognise the work of a member of Tasmania’s screen industry who has shown outstanding entrepreneurial spirit in getting screen projects off the ground, developing their screen business, forming collaborative partnerships, and/or actively working to create a sustainable and viable screen industry in Tasmania. This includes both film-makers of all types and others associated with the screen industry.

The winner and, potentially, a short list of Commended entrants, will be publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 9th November) at the BOFA Film Festival. The winner and partner will be invited, as BOFA guests, to the Saturday 9th November (7.30pm) Food, Wine ‘n’ Film Dinner (in association with the national award winning Harvest Market and TASTAFE), where the winner will be presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award. The winner and all Commended entrants will be sent an 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice.

Criteria
To be eligible you must:

  • Be currently a Tasmanian resident (but may have achieved success outside Tasmania)
  • Be an active participant in the Tasmanian screen industry

Judging
An industry panel consisting of a leading entrepreneur, Screen Tasmania and BOFA will judge the entries on the basis of a completed entry form setting out:

  • A description of the entrepreneurial activities of the entrant during his/her career in the screen industry
  • Examples of innovation during this career
  • Examples of entrepreneurial spirit during this career
  • The economic and cultural contribution to the Tasmanian screen industry of these achievements

To apply for this award, entrants must complete the entry form and submit this together with two letters of support from their peers in the industry. A show reel of no longer than 5 minutes can also be submitted in support of the entry, at the discretion of the entrant.
Download the entry form here

The competition is free and closed COB Friday, 27th September. Entries must be emailed to director@bofa.com.au or (if they include a showreel) be emailed and also be lodged via mail to BOFA Entrepreneurial Spirit Competition, BOFA Film Festival, 22 Lanoma Street, East Launceston TAS, 7250. Your entry (including a show-reel, if provided) will not be returned to you.

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Highlights from BOFA 2012

 

2012 BOFA Script Competition

Script Competition

Download the entry form here

Tasmanian Breath Of Fresh Air Film Festival, Screen Tasmania, Final Draft and the Australian Writers’ Guild are proud to present a joint initiative for Tasmanian performance writers.

If you have written a script for a feature film, short film, TV series, tele-movie or documentary, don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to win 12-months free membership of the Australian Writers’ Guild, a copy of Final Draft 8 professional script writing software AND get your work read by industry experts.

In an effort to give promising Tasmanian projects the best possible chance of production, the short-listed and winning scripts of the BOFA Competition will be added to the AWG’s Pathways Program, an initiative designed to fast-track potential projects by matching the writer with targeted producers, production executives and/or directors.

This is an invaluable prize as the hardest aspect of being a writer is getting your work read and produced. Here’s an opportunity to get your foot in the door.

Criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Tasmanian resident
  • Have a completed script for feature film, short film, TV series, tele-movie or documentary
  • Have paid the entry fee at the time of submission
  • Own all the rights to the project

Application Information

To apply you will need to submit the following via admin@awg.com.au in PDF format:

  • Log line (one sentence synopsis of the story)
  • One paragraph synopsis of the story
  • First 15-pages of your script
  • Payment details (see below)

Originals are not to be supplied, as applications and supporting material will not be returned.

Judging

An industry panel will judge the competition. In the first round judges will
assess the applications for:

  • Excellence in craft and skill
  • The ability to engage the reader in the writer’s vision
  • The potential for the project to be produced

A short list will be determined according to the above criteria. Shortlisted
applicants will be contacted by telephone at the end of the first round. In the second round, the short-listed applicant’s full script will be assessed. The shortlist will be publicly announced and the winner(s) announced at the BOFA Film Festival.

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

“Make A Difference” Short Film Competition

BOFA showcases shorts, features and documentaries which provide a fresh perspective on and/or an innovative approach to screen-based story telling that inspires positive change.

But, the heart and soul of the festival lies in inspiring people to make changes at a personal, local and global level. The stories we choose, the film makers we recognise, the community events we run, the ideas we debate, the competitions we run, the money we raise and the hopes we nurture, are all about leaving the world better than we found it.

In conjunction with Bendigo Bank, Volunteering Tasmania and Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise, plus prize givers Jackson Volkswagen, UTAS, Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning and Launceston City Council, BOFA is offering short film-makers of all ages the chance to show us in three (3) minutes a story (real or imaginary) about making a positive difference.

Tell us a well constructed story, with a beginning, middle and end. It may be inspiring; sad; amazing; imaginative; challenging; instructive; exciting; or simply a wonderful story. It must be in English or subtitled, shot in high definition and under 3 minutes in any of the following genres: drama; documentary; humour (comedy); romance; grand adventure; or even sci-fi.

Films will be judged in terms of their: excellence in story telling; excellence in film making; excellence in capturing the Make a Difference theme.
Your idea for this short film is limited only by your own creativity. Perhaps you already know a volunteer in the community or know someone who volunteers and want to tell their story? Or you may be passionate about preserving the environment, protecting animals or promoting human rights? Do you have an inspiring personal story of overcoming adversity? Is there a story about a technology or programme which is making a difference?
There are prizes for:

1. BOFA Make A Difference Open Award $5,000 donated by Jackson Volkswagen - Short film-makers or organisations from anywhere in the world engaged in making a difference are invited to tell us your story or create a film that powerfully tells a story of making a difference.

2. BOFA Make A Difference Australian Youth under twenty five Award, $2,000 donated by UTAS and Launceston City Council – If you are an Australian film maker under the age of thirty we want your perspective on making a difference. Using your own experience, a news story or from your imagination you would need to capture dramatically a story of making a difference

3. BOFA Make A Difference Tasmanian Grade 9-12 Students Award, $1,000 donated by Tasmanian Centre for Global Learning – Are you a Tasmanian school student in grade 9-12 who is interested in filmmaking? Do you dream of one day becoming a famous film maker? Or do you have a creative flair and want to see what you can achieve with a video camera and a big idea?

The best of the films from each category will be shown for free at the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival in the QVMAG Exhibition Gallery during the festival (8-11 November 2012) and ideally for weeks afterwards.

As well, the Make a Difference message will be distributed further by uploading the best films onto YouTube and ideally running a People’s Choice competition via Facebook to find the best short film in the eyes of the viewers.

ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

People Choose the Essence of Tasmania -
and win free tickets

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival has launched a new twist on a short film competition – a crowd-sourcing competition for YouTube viewers to choose their favourite.

In early 2012 film-makers were invited by Tourism Tasmania and BOFA Film Festival to attempt to capture the “Essence of Tasmania” in a short film in English or subtitled, shot in high definition and no longer than 3 minutes in any of the following genres: drama; documentary; humour (comedy); romance; grand adventure; sci-fi.

Their task was to tell us a story, with a beginning, middle and end. It could be quirky; unique; distinctive; imaginative; unforgettable; breathtaking; funny; sad; evocative; exciting; or simply beautiful. The context was Tasmania; but the context did not necessitate footage shot in Tasmania.

Announcing the judges decisions of the best seven 3 minute short films BOFA Festival Director , Owen Tilbury, praised the story-telling skills of the winning entries and of those commended.

These were films that made us laugh, films that made us pause and think, and most of all films that captured the essence of Tasmania in its many facets.

Tony Mayell, CEO of Tourism Tasmania, said

We are delighted by the way the entries presented such different views of Tasmania. Each captured an essence of Tasmania that went beyond the predictable.

The winning seven shorts have all been loaded onto YouTube at:

Essence of Tasmania Short Film Competition 2012 WInners

  • Nick Stranger: A Portrait of Tasmanian Surfing – Simon Treweek
  • Mr Thomkins’ Pies – by David Broadfield
  • My Tasmania – by Saige Dingemanse
  • The Grim Experience – Andrew Quaile
  • The Tigers – by Tristan Klein
  • Best Kept Secret – David Pyefinch
  • Heaven of Spirituality, Home of Peace – by Shung Yiu Wong

BOFA is now offering all people the opportunity to vote for their favourite. The short which gets the most votes as favourite will be voted People’s Choice. All voters will be given a half price ticket to the BOFA film festival in November (www.bofa.com.au) and five lucky voters will get a free full festival pass to attend the whole festival for free.

Voters should go to our Facebook voting page

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

……..apart from the curated Make a Difference short films, special awards were presented to actor Jimi Bani, producer/director Robert Connolly and producer/writer Andrew Knight, emphasizing their role in Australian film and television culture, and the importance of acknowledging screen contributions in a festival setting.

- Peter Krausz, Chair, AFCA

This is what Gregor Jordan, director has to say