Faculty of Society & Design competitions

The Faculty of Society & Design is proud to present the Bond University Film & Television Awards (BUFTA) as one of the premier film competitions for High School students around Australia.

BUFTA is a short film competition which attracts and showcases aspiring young filmmakers from across the country. Open to all Year 11 and 12 secondary school students in Australia, the competition provides a platform for developing and advancing limitless ambitions for a future career in the film industry. Originally started in 1996, BUFTA is now recognised as one of the most rewarding competitions in the Southern Hemisphere.

The philosophy behind BUFTA is to offer a system of recognition for today's young filmmakers. There are six categories for films to be entered: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental and Music Video. Winners are announced at the Gala Award Ceremony and prizes include the most outstanding film in each category as well as a host of craft awards. Each year, the Best Overall Filmmaker is awarded a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University. Twenty-two (and counting) years later, BUFTA continues to serve as a celebration of young talent within the film industry and thrives to deepen the commitment and passion of young Australian filmmakers.

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BUFTA 2017

Key Dates


Competition opens: 1 MAY 2018

Competition closing date: 30 SEPTEMBER 2018


Coming to a school near you!

This year, the BUFTA Academy will focus on any topics you wish to discuss related to film and television.

To book your school for an interactive session, please click here to register. This will allow you to secure the relevant location, date and time. Please see available dates below.  

VictoriaTuesday 13 March - Wednesday 14 March 2018
South AustraliaMonday 12 March, Thursday 15 March - Friday 16 March 2018
Western AustraliaMonday 19 March - Friday 23 March 2018
Supanova (Gold Coast)27 April - 29 April 2018
Gold Coast & surroundsUpon request

* Dates subject to change

The BUFTA Academy provides an exclusive opportunity to meet one of our industry experts, learn about the area of film and television through workshops, and preparation for BUFTA.

Should the dates not be suitable for you, please indicate your preferred date via the 'alternative date button' located at the bottom of the registration selection

PLEASE NOTE: We will do our best to accommodate your alternative request, however, we make no guarantee that we will be able to commit to your chosen date and time. 


The BUFTA Student Academy is an opportunity for high school students to meet and talk to our teaching staff and industry experts directly about film and television and to prepare them to enter BUFTA.

Students will have the choice between two workshops. One in screenwriting and one in cinematography and lighting. These workshops are offered to students with all levels of filmmaking experience; from beginners to advanced.


The BUFTA Masterclass is designed to help teachers help students. The BUFTA Masterclass is a highly coveted, hands-on series of professional development workshops that incorporate key aspects of filmmaking into an action packed day of training. The two-day event offers a range of options for experienced teachers, or teachers who are ready to take the next step. Teacher’s will have the choice between a filmmaking or screenwriting workshop. 

This year, the BUFTA Masterclass will be held on Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6. 

Spots are limited, so be sure to register you attendance.


Saturday, 25 November 2017

To watch the 2016 ceremony live, click here.