Check out the 2011 2012 BOFA Film Festival

The BOFA Team.

Owen Tilbury

Owen Tilbury

Festival Director

Owen has joined this love for film and Tasmania with his background in business, in which he has worked for over 30 years, to create BOFA. As committee member of the Launceston Film Society since 2009, he headed the sub-committee which organised the pilot BOFA in 2010, giving the largest film society in Australia, with over 1400 members, a taste of their first film festival.

In his previous role he was General Manager of WHK Business Growth, the consulting arm of the national WHK Group (accountants and advisors). He has worked in North America, Britain, Europe, South Africa and Australia in a range of roles including line management, strategic planning, marketing, advertising/promotion, training and business consulting. In 2005 his firm won the CGU Business Excellence Award for Innovation in Business.

As Festival Director of BOFA, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the administration, sponsorship, marketing and operations of the Festival. Owen is excited by the prospect of using the difficult, complex and compelling  medium of screen-based story-telling as a force for good that moves people .

Rowan Woods

Rowan Woods

Artistic Director, 2012 – 2013

Rowan Woods is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed directors, whose 20 year career spans feature films, television series and mini-series. He won the AFI Best Director Award with his debut featureThe Boys, and went on to direct Little Fish with Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill, which was nominated for a record 13 AFI Awards.


Trish Lake

Trish Lake

Artistic Director, 2012-2013

Trish Lake is an independent producer and principal of Freshwater Pictures which specialises in feature films and cinema documentaries. She won the prestigious SPAA Feature Film Producer of the Year Award, for her feature film, Gettin’ Square, and is a past National President of the Screen Producer’s Association of Australia.



BOFA is honoured to be advised by the following film industry leaders:

Trish Lake, Artistic director BOFA 2012 – 13, producer, Freshwater Pictures
Rowan Woods, Artistic director BOFA 2012 – 13, film director
James Hewison, local & international consultant: film development, acquisitions, distribution, marketing
Vincent Sheehan, producer, Porchlight Films
Jonathan Dawson, screenwriter, director ,film critic (ABC, Federation of Critics, Paris), academic, author
Joost den Hartog, Director, Australian International Documentary Conference, (AIDC)
Peter Krausz, Chair, Australian Film Critics Association
Karena Slaninka, CEO, Screen Tasmania
Abi Binning, General Manager, Wide Angle Tasmania Inc

Festival Team

Festival Director: Owen Tilbury
Program Director: Helen Tilbury
Administration Director: Sue Walker
Communications Manager: Tony Walker
Event Manager:  Rick Marton, Coyote Events
Stewards Manager: Andrew Pitt
Marketing Committee: Andrew Lovitt, Kim Seagram, Scott Gelston, Tony Walker
Social Media: Helen Tilbury, Andrew Pitt, Nick Waldron
Site Managers: Kallie Billings, Nick Waldron
Public Relations: Tsuki
Design: Symple Creative
Program Design The Examiner Newpaper

Become a BOFA Volunteer

The Festival is made possible by an enthusiastic band of volunteers. If you’d like to help, register your interest on our Get Involved page and we’ll be in touch. Volunteers can contribute in many ways, from selling tickets and helping out at screenings, to showing visiting celebrities our typical Tasmanian hospitality. Being part of the Tasmanian BOFA team means hard work, great movies and a lot of fun!

BOFA Volunteer application

The volunteers and stewards were exceptional: their warmth and friendliness set this festival apart in terms of the atmosphere, which was distinctly pleasant: a breath of fresh air, in fact.

- Carol von Opstal, film critic, Melbourne

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