You might only be hearing about Australia's major online film festival BOFA (Breath of Fresh Air) Film Fest now, as it's one of Tasmania's best-kept secrets. However, with everything being available online and everyone taking to the virtual world more than ever, this festival is accessible to ALL in Australia, no matter where you are. All you need to do is simply sign on as a subscriber and they'll send you a code to access ALL the films, totally FREE OF CHARGE! There are 19 films over 17 days (1-17 May (till midnight on the 17th when it is discontinued) 2020) and a whole lot of stories from around the world.
Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the three weekends of BOFA Online Film Festival, there'll be curated Zoom CONVERSATIONS with a panel made up of filmmakers and subject experts to unpick a nominated film. And you are invited! Just follow the Zoom invitations at Conversations and listen in and share your thoughts. All times specified are AEST. For a couple of the talks on Fri 8 and Fri 15 May, you need to have seenBurning In The Sun and Wine Calling beforehand. Find the full PROGRAM HERE.
Burning in the Sun
Burning In The Sun is set in the small remote villages of rural Mali where it's hard to support your family. It's not uncommon that school kids have to work by day and can only study at night. There is no power supply to illuminate the blackboard or their books. One enterprising Malian, Daniel Dembele sees the opportunity and figures he could make a tidy business out of this need, coupled with his drive and contacts. Wine Calling is an upbeat and highly enjoyable documentary that gives you an inside look at a new wave of organic French winemakers.
BOFA celebrates extraordinary films from around the world, tell stories that matter and brings us together to open up a platform of discussion and sharing the emotions. These are films that inspire you to take action. You have three viewing options: On your computer or laptop; On an iPad or smartphone; or Screen Mirrored on your SmartTV from your smartphone, iPad or laptop.
The films are categorised by themes as follows.
Our Stories - enjoy Malcolm a tram-obsessed geek; Tasmanian champion surfer Mick Lawrence; a confronting film of an outspoken Muslim woman who goes missing; and stories of the women who inhabit the island of Tasmania.
World Stories - an exploration of a prejudiced and conservative male-dominated society; the wedding business in China; a delivery boy who wants to do better; and a draconian law that sees children imprisoned along with their parents are what you'll find in these global stories.
Climate Action - Burning in the Sun as aforementioned; expedition to the end of the world; for lovers of a raw and sometimes cruel beauty of nature; and the mega-fires that could turn the world's forests from carbon sinks into carbon emitters?
The Choices We Make - a doco about Lili who fled the advancing Soviet troops; another doco about the dark world of the WW2 French resistance fighters and a drama about horses, love and nosey neighbours.
Eat and Drink - Wine Calling as aforementioned; a documentary about the oldest existing refugee camp south of Beirut; and a feature about Jean who returns to the family's vineyard to visit the dying father whose influence he fled 10 years earlier.
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