A bigger Breath of Fresh Air for Tasmania in 2012 Thu 28 June 2012 Rebecca White Labor Member for Lyons Download hi-res version Download hi-res version Tasmania's Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is continuing to grow, with Hobart to be included this year for the first time in the event's history. The 2012 Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival was launched at the State Cinema in Hobart today by Labor Member for Lyons Rebecca White. Now in its third year, the four-day festival will run from 8 to 11 November, in venues in and around Launceston and Hobart. Ms White said this year's event follows the hugely successful expanded 2011 festival, which led to BOFA being rated as one of the seven significant Australian film festivals to watch by media and marketing blog Mumbrella. "It's a tribute to our screen industry and culture that we now have a Tasmanian film festival that is carving a niche for itself as a high-quality innovative event on the national circuit," Ms White said. "As well as proving an exciting program of films about "making a difference", this year BOFA intends to build on this theme and will invite its audiences and the community to also make a difference through several new initiatives. "Make a Difference Day will be a free community open-day and fair, incorporating a farmer's market, a selection of Tasmania's finest hand-made products and crafts and, most importantly, a number of stalls explaining how to make a difference personally, locally and globally. "The 2012 BOFA Big Ideas Debate is expected to bring significant film industry speakers to Tasmania to debate the topic "Hollywood no longer makes a difference". "This year's festival also features a short film competition, promoted internationally, centred on the making a difference theme. "All of these new initiatives provide an exciting way for Tasmania itself to play a starring role in BOFA, with an opportunity to showcase the best the state as to offer as well as the chance to raise our profile on the world stage." Ms White said another new addition to the BOFA line up was the Best of Tasmania Showcase, a curated program of screenings of Tasmanian short films, documentaries and features with awards to be decided by a jury panel. "In this way the festival will become a focal point for the Tasmanian industry, providing an opportunity to have their films screened to local audiences, to win awards, to connect with industry professionals from across the globe and to have access to the latest cinematic innovations and stories," Ms White said. "BOFA looks set to become a key event on Tasmania's increasingly busy cultural calendar that includes festivals with a global reach such as MONA FOMA and the Festival of Voices. "I am proud that the Tasmanian Government has supported a new, innovative and stimulating event that highlights many of the great things this state has to offer. Already in 2012, BOFA has successfully collaborated with Tourism Tasmania to deliver the Essence of Tasmania short film competition. Ms White said the Government, through the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts has also approved funding of $100 000 to support BOFA over the next two years. The Federal Government's Office of the Arts recently announced funding of $50 000 towards the 2012 BOFA festival in recognition of the role it plays in promoting Tasmania as a creative state with an appealing lifestyle and a vibrant screen industry. Program details for the 2012 festival are available at www.bofa.com.au.