2018 BUFTA Gala Ceremony Live Broadcast

TUNE IN TO THE 2018 BUFTA LIVE BROADCAST AT 7PM AEST THIS SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER! 

Bond University Film & Television Awards (BUFTA)

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

ENTRY PERIOD

Competition opens: 1 May 2018

Competition closing date: 30 September 2018

JUDGING PERIOD

Top 30 finalist films announced: 23 October 2018

'Hopes & Dreams' video: Monday, 29 October 2018, before 11:59PM 

Please note: You are not required to provide a Hopes & Dreams submission until after the Top 30 is announced. If you are announced in the Top 30, you will receive instructions via email as to how to submit your Hopes & Dreams video, and the due date.

Judging day: Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Nominees announced: Thursday, 1 November 2018 at 5pm AEST

VideoPro People's Choice voting: Monday, 5 November 2018

Winners announced: Saturday, 24 November 2018 at the 23rd Annual Bond University Film & Television Awards Gala

Events

BUFTA roadshow

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.

Register online to book your school for an interactive session. This will allow you to secure the relevant location, date and time.

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. 

 

BUFTA Student Academy

Sunday, August 12 | REGISTER NOW

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.

 

BUFTA Teachers Masterclass

Saturday August 11 & Sunday August 12 | REGISTER NOW

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. 

 

Testimonials

Timothy Reuther

Drama, Film & New Media Teacher l Harristown State High School

"I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity of have a [BUFTA representative] teach my class. What he said and demonstrated 'ticked so many boxes' in regard to what the students are doing for assessment. All the students I've have the opportunity to speak to said that they certainly got a lot out of it. I certainly did. I will do my best to encourage BUFTA entries from my students."

Timothy Reuther

Drama, Film & New Media Teacher l Harristown State High School

"I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity of have a [BUFTA representative] teach my class. What he said and demonstrated 'ticked so many boxes' in regard to what the students are doing for assessment. All the students I've have the opportunity to speak to said that they certainly got a lot out of it. I certainly did. I will do my best to encourage BUFTA entries from my students."

Kristin Bidlake

Media Teacher l Toowoomba Christian College

"The feedback I have received from my students following the BUFTA Roadshow has been very positive. Thank you again. I look forward to the opportunity to attend another BUFTA Roadshow and Experience Day at Bond in the future."

Kristin Bidlake

Media Teacher l Toowoomba Christian College

"The feedback I have received from my students following the BUFTA Roadshow has been very positive. Thank you again. I look forward to the opportunity to attend another BUFTA Roadshow and Experience Day at Bond in the future."

David Jeffs

Teacher l Riverside Christian College

"This was a valuable learning experience and I really appreciated the experience of the people involved with the weekend. Looking forward to the final product!"

David Jeffs

Teacher l Riverside Christian College

"This was a valuable learning experience and I really appreciated the experience of the people involved with the weekend. Looking forward to the final product!"

Michael Oomens

Deputy Head of Middle School & Secondary Film and Media l Prince Alfred College

"Thank you for the masterclasses on the weekend. It was the best professional learning I have done in a long while! As mentioned over the weekend, I am very keen to promote Bond University as a future pathway for our growing Film program and its students."

Michael Oomens

Deputy Head of Middle School & Secondary Film and Media l Prince Alfred College

"Thank you for the masterclasses on the weekend. It was the best professional learning I have done in a long while! As mentioned over the weekend, I am very keen to promote Bond University as a future pathway for our growing Film program and its students."