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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 eight categories for films to be entered: Drama, Comedy, Documentary, Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Sports Film, Art Film and Sports 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.

To learn more about BUFTA, visit the BUFTA website or LIKE us on Facebook!
Learn more about Bond University and our Bachelor of Film & Television 

Click here to hear from 2021 BUFTA Overall Best Filmmaker, Ryan Thwaite!

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: NEP Australia, Study Gold Coast, Gold Coast Film Festival, City of Gold Coast, Big Voice Media Group, Russtor Music, Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and Redbull.

Please Note: 

Due to COVID-19 and current restrictions around social gatherings, BUFTA have had to change the dynamics of our event. In terms of fairness to the interstate parents and nominees, no parents and nominees will be invited to the ceremony on campus. However, a small number of industry guests, sponsors and QLD high school teachers/principals will be invited to enjoy the show as part of a much-reduced limited audience.

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BUFTA Categories

Students can enter a film, made as a part of a school assessment or as an independent project, into one of the following categories:

ANIMATION

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.

COMEDY

Fictional film in which dramatic storytelling uses humour as a central device.

DOCUMENTARY

Nonfictional film which is a creative treatment of actuality involving investigation and research presented in a logically unfolding sequence.

DRAMA

Fictional film in which dramatic storytelling develops realistic, identifiable characters dealing with a range of contemporary social and human issues.

EXPERIMENTAL FILM

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

MUSIC VIDEO

The creative exploration of the unity between song, performance, representation and imagery.

ART FILM

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.

SPORTS FILM

A chance to tell the Story of Sports coverage.

What does this mean for the entry and what would be expected? It could mean coverage of your school’s swimming or athletic carnival. The school’s football, basketball, rugby or netball team. Who are your school’s sports stars, what are their dreams, what have they achieved, who is this person or team? It could be a surfer, a skater or a speed rock climber. It could be your local sports community hero, it could someone in your area or family who competes at state, national or international sports level. Create a short sports story and include the technique of multi-camera live-action, that you have created, within the story.

Key dates

Entry period

Competition opens: Sunday, 1 May 2022

Competition closing date: Thursday, 15 September 2022

Judging period

Top 35 finalist films announced: Wednesday, 12 October, 2022

'Hopes & Dreams' video: Wednesday, 26 October, 2022 (Midnight)

Nominees announced: Tuesday, 18 October, 2022

Please note: You are not required to provide a Hopes & Dreams submission until the nominees are announced. If you are announced in the Top 35, you will receive instructions via email as to how to submit your Hopes & Dreams video, and the due date.

Red Bull People's Choice voting opens: Tuesday, 18 October, 2022

Judging day: Wednesday, 16 November 2022

Winners announced: Saturday, 26th November, 2022

Please Note: 

Due to COVID-19 and current restrictions around social gatherings, BUFTA have had to change the dynamics of our event. 

We look forward to celebrating your incredible films with you at the Annual Bond University Film & Television Awards on Sunday November 20th, 2022.

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. 

Events

BUFTA Student Academy

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 help prepare them to enter BUFTA. These workshops are offered to students with all levels of filmmaking experience - from beginners to advanced!

Date: Saturday 11th, June and Sunday 12th, June, 2022 .
Accepting all expressions of interest here:  [email protected]

BUFTA Teachers Masterclass 

The BUFTA Masterclass is designed to help teachers help students. The BUFTA Masterclass is designed to help teachers help students as a means for professional development. 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. There is also a 1-day option. Spots are limited, so registration is essential!

Date: Saturday 11th, June and Sunday 12th, June, 2022 .
Accepting all expressions of interest here:  [email protected]

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. 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. Dates to come!

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 help prepare them to enter BUFTA. These workshops are offered to students with all levels of filmmaking experience - from beginners to advanced!

Please send all BUFTA roadshow enquiries to [email protected].

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."

Stephen Taggart

Director of the Arts | Anglican Church Grammar School

"Just wanted to say congratulations to you, your staff and the students for putting on yet another wonderful awards evening.  There's certainly no other student award competition that I've been involved in that coordinates such a professional competition and presentation evening".  

 

Stephen Taggart

Director of the Arts | Anglican Church Grammar School

"Just wanted to say congratulations to you, your staff and the students for putting on yet another wonderful awards evening.  There's certainly no other student award competition that I've been involved in that coordinates such a professional competition and presentation evening".  

 

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."