LAUNCESTON'S Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival can continue to build into Australia's equivalent to Sundance for the film-making industry.
That's the view of Trish Lake, who as a film producer is in the business of attending many of the world's most feted festivals and has taken time out this week from filming a documentary in New York to be in Tasmania for the launch of the upcoming 2013 BOFA program.
After spending a couple of days reconnecting with industry stakeholders, she says she senses a groundswell of support for the annual Tasmanian festival, which is now in its fourth year.
Lake said Tasmania was on the map for innovative film-making and BOFA had built a name for doing something incredibly special in recognising independent film-makers as well as bringing internationally acclaimed films to the state for the community's benefit.
"What makes it special is that it is a festival that doesn't rely only on screening films, the program offers so much more - fresh ideas, debates, conversations, Q&As with directors,' says Lake.
"It offers a platform for sharing extraordinary stories in all forms from short films, to documentaries, feature fiction to animation and new media."
As its artistic director, Lake firmly believes BOFA "reflects global talent, films and creativity right here in Tasmania".
"America has Sundance, Australia now has BOFA, and it just happens to be in Launceston, everyone should embrace this creativity."
BOFA opens on Thursday, November 7, with Robert Redford's latest film All Is Lost, direct from the Cannes Film Festival, and offers three full days of film viewing that includes the Sundance award-winning documentary A River Changes Course, to the Tasmanian-made classic Manganinnie and Walkley award-winning documentary Then The Wind Changed, which traces the resilience of a community after the 2009 firestorm that swept across Victoria and 173 lives were lost.
The festival will bring more than 30 films to screens at various venues around Launceston's Inveresk precinct as well as special screenings of four Australian classics, Mad Max 2, Red Dog, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Happy Feet - at Country Club Tasmania.
A full program will appear in The Examiner on Saturday. Inquiries: www.bofa.com.au