BOFA announces new short film festival that will spotlight Tasmania’s parks and wildlife

Tasmania is currently celebrating its one hundred years of national parks and to commemorate the occasion The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival is inviting nature lovers, photographers and film-makers to enter their work into a short film competition named Tasmania’s Parks – A Place to Connect.

“Tasmania’s parks and wildlife are a national treasure. The centenary of Mt Field and Freycinet National Parks offer a special opportunity for anyone  who loves Tasmania’s  wild places to share with us their stories, their travelogues and their special connections with our state parks,” said Festival Director, Owen Tilbury.

Entries for the Short Film Competition are now open and close on Monday 1 August 2016 and are to be maximum length of 3 minutes. Entry is free and open to all Tasmanian and non-Tasmanians.  Entries can be lodged at https://www.bofa.com.au/competitions/.

The competition is sponsored by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

The winning entry will be awarded:

  1. A choice of either one Double Pass to the Three Capes Track experience valued at $990 or a Helicopter flight and one night stay at Maatsuyker Island for two adults donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (at the winner’s choice).
  2. An Annual Parks Pass valued at $96 donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
  3. One Double Voucher (for 2 adults) for the Tasman Island Cruise valued at $250 donated by Pennicott Journeys.
  4. 1 x OzPray 22lt Talon22 day pack valued at $140 donated by Paddy Pallin Launceston

The runner-up entry will be awarded:

  1. A Double Pass to the Overland Track experience valued at $496 for two adults donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
  2. An Annual Parks Pass valued at $96 donated by Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
  3. One Double Voucher (for 2 adults) for the Bruny Island Cruise valued at $250 donated by Pennicott Journeys.

The winner and selected short film makers will be publicly recognised at a drinks event open to the film industry at the 2016 BOFA Film Festival (10-13 November). The winner will be presented with a hand crafted blown glass BOFA Devil Award.

All selected short film makers, including the winner, will be sent a FREE 8 pass to see 8 films of their choice at the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air  Film Festival.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service will showcase the winning and shortlisted films through its social media channels reaching 20,000+ Facebook followers. Selected short films will be screened at BOFA 2016.

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia.

 You can stay up to date with Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival on its Facebook and Twitter pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BOFAFilmFest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BOFAFilmFest

The competition will be judged by an industry panel consisting of:

  • A Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service representative
  • Centenary Celebration Nominated Ambassador (TBC)
  • Niall Doran, high profile nature photographer
  • Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival representative

BOFA will judge entries on:

  • Excellence in craft and skill
  • Outstanding storytelling
  • Alignment with the values of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife

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

The films ownership and copyright will be retained by the film-makers and they are free to use their own films in any manner they wish. Shared usage rights will be given at no charge to TPWS and they will promote and exploit the films in any manner they choose both online and in any other format or distribution method they choose from the date the films are submitted.

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia.

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