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 2014 focuses on challenging and acknowledging the highly creative Tasmanian screen industry with not just one, but three, competitions and BOFA Devil awards.

These reflect the importance of  short film production, script writing and entrepreneurial spirit in the making of a successful career in the Tasmanian screen industry.

BOFA also introduced a new award this year at the Festival: the 2014 BOFA Devil Champion. This award recognises a champion for BOFA. Someone who does an outstanding job to make the Festival the best experience for Tasmanian audiences.

The winner of the inaugural BOFA Devil Champion was Trish Lake. Lake has been an artistic director for BOFA from 2011 onwards and attended the very first BOFA 2010 with her film, The Burning Season. Her contacts and deep understanding of the power of film to move and inspire people has been invaluable to BOFA. She has a strong role in the final program selection in conjunction with BOFA Program Director, Helen Tilbury.

 BOFA’s 2014 screen industry  initiatives  are supported by Screen Tasmania, Screen Australia and Events Tasmania.

BOFA Film Festival Competitions

2014 Australian Short Film competition

Entry now CLOSED. Selected Shorts listed below

Film makers resident anywhere in Australia were invited to submit their short films (made in the last five years and maximum length 15 minutes) to a new BOFA Devil Short Film competition. 28 short films were selected for screening before feature length films and documentaries to public audiences at BOFA 2014.

The BOFA Devil Script Short Award went to To Be a Poet, directed by Michael Johnston . Clocking in at less than 3 minutes in duration, To Be a Poet is a simple but powerful short about Abraham Nouk. Nouk came to Australia from Sudan, unable to read, write or speak a word of English. Now, he is an award-winning spoken word artist and poet; placing third in the Australian National Poetry Slam Championships 2013 and featuring in the Glastonbury Festival (UK) and Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (Bali).

 The Gallant Captain received a Highly Commended Short Award at BOFA FOR its imaginative animated adventure story, which captured the attention of the judges. The film was directed by Katrina Mathers and Graeme Base; acclaimed author and illustrator of such classic children’s picture books as Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Waterhole.

The winner and selected short film makers were publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 8th November) in the Tasmanian Design Centre at the BOFA Film Festival. The winner was presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award.  The winner was awarded a free Festival Pass (access all areas) plus $1,000 to spend on travel, accommodation or your next film!  All selected short film makers  were  sent a FREE 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice.

Judging this year was via a crowd-sourcing method called You be the Short Film Judge. The highest ranked film will be the winner. 28 of the top ranked short films will be screened before feature films at BOFA and will receive a laurel acknowledging Selection for Competition at BOFA 2014.

Judging

A national panel of film lovers, judged the 122 short film entries on:

  • Excellence in film-making craft and skill
  • the quality of the story-telling especially as it relates to a personal, community or global challenge

The BOFA Devil Script Short Award went to To Be a Poet, directed by Michael Johnston from Australia. Clocking in at less than 3 minutes in duration, To Be a Poet is a simple but powerful short about Abraham Nouk. Nouk came to Australia from Sudan, unable to read, write or speak a word of English. Now, he is an award-winning spoken word artist and poet; placing third in the Australian National Poetry Slam Championships 2013 and featuring in the Glastonbury Festival (UK) and Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (Bali).

Both Johnston and Nouk attended BOFA to pitch the concept of a feature length version of the story to the ‘Making Documentaries and Factual Content that Makes a Difference’ panel of experts (Phil Craig from the ABC, John Godfrey from SBS and Nick Batzias from Madman). The feature length version would be called Humble and would track Nouk’s journey as he retraces his steps across the globe from his neighbourhood in Sudan, through the slums of Egypt where he spent a year in exile, then all the way to his new home in Australia.

The Gallant Captain received a Highly Commended Short Award at BOFA FOR its imaginative animated adventure story, which captured the attention of the judges. The film was directed by Katrina Mathers and Graeme Base; acclaimed author and illustrator of such classic children’s picture books as Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and The Waterhole.

28 shorts were selected shorts for screening at BOFA 2014. The selected film makers and the short film winner were publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 8th November) at the BOFA Film Festival, where the winner was presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award.

Criteria

To be eligible the film makers must:

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

 Selected shorts

FROM TASMANIA:

Crusader ’64                       Ella Millard (producer and director). Screening with 16 Legs: Spider Love

Knit One                              Shaun Wilson, directed by Clare Gray . Screening with Advanced Style

Wing and a Prayer            Matthew Weeding, directed by Daniel James. Screening with Virunga

Bring in the Cat                 Heath Brown, directed by RHM Films. Screening with The Babadook

Confessions of a Date-a-holic    Dave Flower, directed by Rob Harrison. Screening with Force Majeure

FROM VICTORIA:

First Date                             Rob Innes (producer and director). Screening with Palo Alto

Loving Myself                    Kai Smith (producer and director). Screening with 35 Letters

Crochet Noir                      Jessica Harris (producer and director). Screening with Brining it Home

To Be a Poet                       Michael Johnston (producer and director). Screening with Winter Sleep

Raindance                           Clancy Bond (producer and director). Screening with Faith Connections

Some Rainbows Never Grey       Peter Jacobsen (producer and director). Screening with Next Goal Wins

The Promise                       Jean-Philippe Lopez (producer and director). Screening with Finding Fela

Boston Tommy                 Blake Borcich (producer and director). Screening with The Sound of One Hand Clapping

Resistance                          Blake Borcich (producer and director). Screening with Return to Homs

The Gallant Captain         Katrina Mathers & Graeme Base (producers and directors). Screening with The Strange Little Cat

Aaron: Leading Man       Tessa Mansfield-Hung (producer and director). Screening with The Inheritance

Selected Shorts

FROM NEW SOUTH WALES

Breath                                  Mike Horvath, Directed by Ben Dickinson. Screening with The Nightingale

The Comedian                   Brendan Donoghue (producer and director). Screening with The Trip to Italy

Frank                                     Cassie Charlton (producer and director). Screening with China’s 3 Dreams

My Mother Her Daughter            Taylor Litton-Strain, directed by Erin Good. Screening with Suzanne

My Country                        Ralph Stevenson, directed by Jelena Sinik. Screening with The Malagasy Way

Manny Gets Censored  Graeme Robertson (producer and director). Screening with Two Days, One Night

Cockatoo                             Matthew Jenkin (producer and director). Screening with Of Horses and Men

Vote Yes                              Nick Waterman (producer and director). Screening with Charlie’s Country

On the Edge                       Abhishek Merukar (producer and director). Screening with Tangerines

Invisible                              Natalie Palomo (producer).  James Breen (director). Screening with Song from the Forest

FROM SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Super Sounds                    Stephen de Villiers (producer and director). Screening with The Internet’s Own Boy

FROM A.C.T.

Sparks                                   Sophie Brown, directed by Jimmy Ennett. Screening with Jimmy’s Hall

2014 Tasmanian Script Writing competition

Entries now CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUNCED AT BOFA ON SAT 8 NOVEMBER, DESIGN CENTRE, 5.30PM. WINNING SCRIPT READING ON SUNDAY 9TH NOV (10AM-NOON) AT ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Scripts for a feature film, tele-movie or TV series (one episode), were entered for the BOFA Devil Script Award. The winners work was read at BOFA 2014 by professional actors from Mudlark Theatre in front of an  audience including mainland and Tasmanian screen industry guests.

The BOFA Devil Script Award went to Stealing a Miracle by Chris Pattinson; a story about a 35 year old Tasmanian fisherman, Angus, who coaxes his two friends, Liam and Pat out of retirement in order to help him rob a bank, hoping to win the affections of a particular lady (Liam’s daughter, who is in some significant debt).

The shortlist and the winner were publicly announced at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 8th November) at the BOFA Film Festival, where the winner was presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award. The short listed screen writers, including the winner, were sent a FREE 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice.

Judging

Judges were Susan MacKinnon (COO, Documentary Australia Foundation), Christopher Gist (Commissioning Editor, ABC TV Fiction), and Paul Kooperman (professional script writer and CEO, Festival of Voices).

Judges assessed the applications in the first round for:

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

The BOFA Devil Script Award went to Stealing a Miracle by Chris Pattinson; a story about a 35 year old Tasmanian fisherman, Angus, who coaxes his two friends, Liam and Pat out of retirement in order to help him rob a bank, hoping to win the affections of a particular lady (Liam’s daughter, who is in some significant debt).

Short Listed Scripts

The following scripts are in judging for the winning script, which will be read by Mudlark Theatre on Sunday 9th November (10am-noon) at Architecture and Design.

  • Scoundrel, Adam Ransley
  • Crossing Bass Straight, Ben Morton
  • Love me Not, Briony Kidd
  • Stealing a Miracle, Chris Pattinson
  • Ninth Life, Kim Jacobs
  • Kayla, Meredyth Tamsyn

Criteria

To be eligible film makers 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 2013
  • Own all the rights to the project.

2014 Entrepreneurial Spirit Competition

Entries now CLOSED. WINNER ANNOUNCED AT BOFA ON SAT 9 NOVEMBER, DESIGN CENTRE, 5.30PM

Nominations were invited for the second annual 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 film-makers of all types and others associated with the screen industry.

The BOFA Devil Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was given to Sara Cooper of  Cooper Screen Academy for her outstanding ability in building a small business that provides access to world-class acting skill for Tasmania’s growing screen industry. Many such actors are employed currently on the $16million 8 part series now shooting in Tasmania called The Kettering Incident.

The winner was publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry on Saturday afternoon (5.30pm, 8th November) at the BOFA Film Festival and the winner was presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award PLUS a $1,000 in prize money, compliments of Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia. The winner and all Commended entrants were 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

NOTE: The key criterion is to do with entrepreneurial spirit not size of organisation. Sole operators as well as larger business entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter.

Application Information

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 Entry Form

The competition is free and closes COB Friday, 26th September. Entries must be emailed to director@bofa.com.au or (if they include a showreel) be both emailed and also  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.

Judging

A judging panel consisting of Karena Slaninka (Director, Screen Tasmania), Trish Lake (Producer, Freshwater Pictures) and Owen Tilbury (Festival Director, BOFA Film Festival) will assess 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

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