The Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival has announced the highlights for its 2019 schedule.
BOFA will run from May 16 to 19, screening 32 films across eight categories such as strong women and stories of us.
The festival will include an Indonesian themed red-carpet party, an opening night after party at Mud Bar and the return of popular Day on the Kingsway food and wine festival.
The 'My Favourite Film' exhibition will again be on at Academy Art Gallery during the festival.
Festival director Helen Tilbury said there with films from Paraguay to Palestine, the festival will be a showcase of screenings that wouldn't otherwise reach Tasmanian cinemas.
"In the context of #metoo and the fact that there were no female directors nominated at the Oscars, BOFA is proud to have over 50% of films directed by or focussing on women this year," Ms Tilbury said.
Films of note include the Martin Freeman-led horror Ghost Stories, Japanese food comedy Tampopo and Book Week: a comedy based on writer Heath Davis' colourful teaching career.
"The festival grew by 15 per cent in 2018 and we think that BOFA 2019 will be the best year," Ms Tilbury said.
"This inclusive and friendly festival is uniquely Tasmanian but also very international in its outlook.
"It's fun, it's challenging and, now in it's ninth year, it's an event that we can all be very proud of."
For more information about the festival visit breath-of-fresh-air.com.au.