Check out the 2011 2012 BOFA Film Festival

Tasmania Action Day.

Friday November 8
Presented with partners The Examiner and StartUp Tasmania

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival is a festival with a conscience.Our focus is on films that inspire positive change.

In 2013 for the first time, Friday 8th November, the first full day of the Festival, will focus on Tasmania Action issues- the political, economic, environmental and social issues that affect Tasmania today.

The objective is to take the energy and motivation expressed through The Examiner Vision for Tasmania series and provide a means of generating discussion about solutions in specific areas of challenge or opportunity.

Five typically 3 hour sessions (entry $20 per session) will be held using a film as a thought provoker, then a panel of people with experience or expertise in the subject will respond to the issues raised in the film in the light of the Tasmanian situation, followed by audience participation in a discussion about what can be done with these matters. Ideally, actions will be suggested and champions will emerge!

StartUp Tasmania as a major partner will work with BOFA to help take the actions forward into reality after the festival.

The “Can we (really) Change?” and “Tasmania Renewed” sessions (see below) will be all be photographed, comments and proposed actions documented in real time then uploaded to The Examiner website so Examiner readers can post their responses online. Tasmania Action Day is supported by individual session partners, Northern Tasmania Development, UTAS, MS Society of Tasmania, Launceston City Council, Dementia Tasmania, and Glenview Community Services.

Tasmania Action Day sessions

When I Walk


One man’s emotional and inspiring journey during six years of life following his multiple sclerosis diagnosis. For Jason DaSilva, life’s most challenging and joyous moments are yet to come.

“This is a man who, without fail, laughs when he falls down, and When I Walk benefits from his courage, cheer and unflinching honesty”.
Sundance Film Festival.

1. Dale Eastley, CEO, MS Society of Tasmania
2. Ingrid Van der Mei, Researcher, Menzies Institute
3. Andrew Potter, MS Advocate
4. Sue McGregor Research Nurse, MS Tasmania

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Supported by MS Society of Tasmania

Tasmania renewed


Using several short films this session addresses the challenges of economic renewal and new business opportunities in the light of the highest unemployment and worst economic outcomes of any state in Australia. Short films will be screened on:

  • mountain bike development in Rotorua (TrailNotes) with entrepreneur, Gary Sullivan
  • digital and start-up businesses (The StartUp Kids).
  • the potential for urban renewal in Tasmania using the RENEW Newcastle experience, with the protagonist Marcus Westbury

Moderated by Owen Tilbury
1. Gary Sullivan, Rotorua based mountain bike and sportwear entrepreneur
2. Dale Cohen, General Manager, Digital Platforms and User Experience at Telstra (appearing in a personal capacity)
3. Rye Dunsmuir, General Manager, Design Tasmania and Design Centre, Launceston
4. Marcus Westbury, General Manager, Renew Australia

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Supported by the Northern Tasmania Development (NTD)

Whose space is it anyway? – Graffiti Fine Art


Award winning doco filmed at the First Biennial Graffiti Fine Art Exhibition in Brazil, featuring 65 graffiti artists from 13 countries. This session looks at the subject of street art as either a sign of a vibrant or decaying society, referring to issues of “who owns the streetscape, what (if any ) are the rules of interaction, how can we involve the uninvolved, is street art a fine art with a career path?”

Moderated by Ian Pidd
1. Jamin, well known graffiti artist and exhibitor
2. Wendy Newton, Youth and Community Officer, Launceston City Council
3. Jack Birrell, Architect Director, Birelli Architects
4. Nathan Gelston, Tasmanian graffiti artist and web designer

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Supported by Launceston City Council

Once my Mother


This is the story of two women: Turkiewicz, an award-winning Australian filmmaker, and her mother Helen. It is a story of survival and forgiveness, and finally a deeply affecting love story. In her old age her daughter leads her through a rediscovery of the epic journey of her life, from Poland to a wartime Siberian gulag, and through Uzbekistan, Persia and a refugee camp in Africa before she comes to rest in Adelaide. Turkiewicz traces her own life in parallel with her mother’s in an effort to make peace with their troubled relationship.

As well the film explores the effects and issues related to dementia both for the person with dementia and their family. Winner: Most Popular Documentary Audience Choice at Adelaide Film Festival, October 2013.

“An epic story of survival told against a backdrop of war and its aftermath. With consummate skill, Sophia Turkiewicz weaves the personal with the historical, giving depth and meaning to both.” Peter Weir.

1. Ros Calvert, Dementia Tasmania
2. Lucy O’Flaherty, Glenview Community Services
3. Sophia Turkiewicz, film maker and director of Once My Mother
4. Rod Freedman, film maker and producer of Once my Mother

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Supported by Dementia Tasmania and Glenview Community Services

Can we (really) Change? – Bidder 70


Winner of more than 20 major international festival awards, Bidder 70 tells the story of Tim DeChristopher and his extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice, opposing oil and gas leases in Utah. Tasmania has been the battleground for many issues to do with sustainable development, the environment and same sex rights, hence this timely and challenging session will use Bidder 70 to focus on the ways that change can (or cannot) take place.

Bidder 70 will also screen Saturday 10.15am – 11.45 am at The Annexe
Including Tasmanian Short Film Stories from the Sea (Rebecca Hubbard) – Tasmanian “sea dogs” tell a surprising and fascinating story about our oceans, fishing and change in one of the most precious places on Earth.

Moderated by Owen Tilbury
1. David Adams, Professor of Management and Innovation, University of Tasmania
2. Heidi Douglas, film maker and defendant in the Gunn’s 20 court case
3. Jan Davis, CEO, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers
4. Vica Bayley, Wilderness Society

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Supported by the University of Tasmania (UTAS)

TEDx – TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)


TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less)., makes the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 1500 TED Talks are now available, with more added each week.

The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue at the local level. Launceston TEDx is running in parallel with BOFA’s Tasmania Action Day bringing speakers from around Tasmania on the subject of “Inspire, Collaborate, Act”.

NOTE: Launceston TEDx is the sole operator of and organiser for this event. Audience for Launceston TEDx is by invitation. Tickets are NOT for sale via BOFA.

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries … and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.

– Niccolo Machiavelli