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BUFTA: And The Winner Is Julie Sam-Yue

Sydney school girl Julie Sam-Yue has won a full tuition scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University’s award winning Centre for Film, Television and Screen-based Media.

Julie won the scholarship for Best Overall Filmmaker at the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTAs) on November 14.

Winning for her Flash animation film, Divine Intervention, the year 12 Ascham School student also won the Category Award for Best Animation, the Craft Awards for Best Script, and the exclusive Dean's Choice Award.

Julie said it was the first Flash animation she had ever made.

“I came up with idea for my first animated film after I saw the animation Animator vs Animation on the internet,” Julie said.

“It's a battle between a stick figure drawn in Flash and the creator, fighting on the Flash animation platform,” she said.

“The animation was really amusing and I guess it showed me how such a simple character could still be really effective.

“The storyline kind of developed from my own process of learning the Flash program and it just went from there.

“Whenever I make a work I want it to say something about society or to make people think,” she said.

“It's supposed to be a comment on the role of technology in society but it's open to interpretation,” Julie said.

Bond University Assistant Professor for Journalism and Film and Television, Molly Blair, said it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of this year’s BUFTAs.

“The submissions were of a high calibre and our overall scholarship winner this year produced a fantastic entry.

“Julie’s film was creative, original, and she should be very proud of it,” Dr Blair said.

Julie said it was a great honour to be offered a place at Bond University.

“Bond seems like a good learning environment and echoes some of the things I like at my current school,” she said.

“I feel that animation is still a growing industry and is somewhat undersold as being suitable for just children's cartoons.

“Making my first animation has kind of shown me the possibilities of the medium.

“A film degree would be more than helpful in terms of learning to compose meaningful texts and how to manipulate all the elements of the moving image.

“So winning the scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond is fantastic,” Julie said.

For more information on BUFTA please visit

BUFTA is sponsored by Bond University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Provisual Australia, JVC, Pacific Film and Television Commission, Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Medal Products.

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