The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) has announced major changes for the festival, now in its eighth year.

Tasmania’s only major film festival will move from a Spring event to Autumn each year, with BOFA 2018 scheduled for May 17-20. 

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said there were many advantages in BOFA becoming a winter event.

“BOFA is an indoors event, so really ideally suited to an autumn date, when there are less competing events, and Tasmania needs to attract more visitors,” he said.

The change in date will be matched with a change of venue, with BOFA moving from its Inveresk location to the Village Cinema complex in Brisbane St, Launceston.

“After seven successful years at Inveresk, we feel that the Festival has come of age and the move to the city’s major cinema complex will ensure its future viability,” Mr Tilbury said.

“Every year we have found it increasingly difficult to access the best festival films from around the world, because many are only offered to us in DCP (digital cinema projection) format, which has not been available to us at Inveresk”

“The move to Village opens up a new world of choice for our annual program as well as providing Festival goers with high quality projection in air conditioned comfort.”

Mr Tilbury also announced that the BOFA 2018 event would be purely a film festival and that the Innovative Tasmania Action Sessions and Awards will now be run as a separate event.

The BOFA Film Festival is a Signature Event for Launceston, and the 2018 program will include 30 features and documentaries from 12 different countries including international award winners like Swedish director Ruben Ostland’s The Square, which won the Palme d”Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Picture attached

The full program will be released on 20 March.