Owen Tilbury

Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival Director

TASNomineeSenior Australian of the Year2021

Owen Tilbury is director of the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival, which uses thought-provoking films and in-depth discussions to inspire positive change.

BOFA has become a highly popular event and went online in 2020 – reaching 27,000 viewers nationwide. As well as encouraging personal change, the festival has been a catalyst for the Innovative Tasmania Awards, a TV series and an industry body: Fermentasmania.

Owen has built a highly effective national network to complete a variety of projects that provide financial, cultural and social benefits to business and the broader community. These include developing clipguide.net, an open access process for fast-tracking grass roots projects, which has helped Launceston become Australia’s first Giga-Bit City.

He has also partnered with major community agencies to create launcestontogether.com.au, a free online hub for personal, group and regional action. As president of the Great Regional City Challenge, Owen helped fund 12 new initiatives to enhance community life in the Launceston area.