2019 BUFTA Gala Ceremony Live Broadcast
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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 seven categories for films to be entered: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Music Video and Art Film. 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. For over two decades (and counting), 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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Students can enter a film, made as a part of a school assessment or as an independent project, into one of the following categories:
Fictional film which wholly uses drawn or created 2D or 3D artwork or static physical models filmed in such a manner as to create the illusion of physical movement.
Fictional film in which dramatic storytelling uses humour as a central device.
Nonfictional film which is a creative treatment of actuality involving investigation and research presented in a logically unfolding sequence.
Fictional film in which dramatic storytelling develops realistic, identifiable characters dealing with a range of contemporary social and human issues.
Experimental films are often characterised by the absence of linear narrative, the use of abstracting techniques such as out-of-focus, painting or scratching on film, rapid editing and repetition. The goal is often to place the viewer in a more active and thoughtful relationship to the film. Often student experimental films are too long which lessens their impact
The creative exploration of the unity between song, performance, representation and imagery.
Neither a documentary, drama, nor, experimental film, the Art Film is none of these, yet, somehow, all of them. In this unique category, filmmakers explore media aesthetics, structures, concepts, and themes in a creative way. Through the representation of conventions, manipulation of codes, and application of technology, they investigate emotional and intellectual responses, communicate tone, mood, and meaning in a very personal form of cinematic artistic expression.
Competition opens: 1 May 2020
Competition closing date: 18 September 2020
Top 30 finalist films announced: 23 October 2020
'Hopes & Dreams' video: 28 October 2020
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: 21 October 2020
Nominees announced: 2 November 2020
Red Bull People's Choice voting opens: 2 November 2020
Winners announced: Saturday, 28 November 2020 at the 25th Annual Bond University Film & Television Awards Gala
BUFTA Student Experience
The Bond University Film and Television Awards is brought to you by current Bond University Film and Television students with the support and mentorship of our team of dedicated academics and support staff. Our students spend hours and hours on end preparing and rehearsing for the Gala Awards Ceremony.
Read below to see what our students have said about their BUFTA experience.
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.
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
- Sydney: 9 March - 13 March
- Adelaide: 16 March - 20 March
- Melbourne: 23 March - 27 March
- Perth: 30 March - 3 April
- Darwin: 8 June – 12 June (tentative)
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.
Please send all BUFTA roadshow enquiries to [email protected].
BUFTA Student Academy - Dates to come!
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 - Dates to come!
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.