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Bond University Film & Television Awards (BUFTA)

Australia’s premier filmmaking competition for high schoolers

The Bond University Film & Television Awards, often known simply as BUFTA, is Bond’s answer to the Oscars – a competitive, fun and fast-paced filmmaking competition open to Year 11 and 12 students across Australia. Since its inception in 1996, BUFTA has established a national reputation as the best way to flex your writing, directing, editing, and production skills with a short film. It’s also been the starting point for many of Bond’s film and television alumni, who are now pursuing incredible, global careers in the industry.  

As well as the experience you’ll gain and the people you’ll meet, one of the best parts of BUFTA is the grand prize. Every year, one student is awarded a full scholarship to study the Bachelor of Film and Television here at Bond. But that’s not all – there are a host of other awards you could win, ranging from category awards to craft awards.  

Ready to get creative, kickstart the filmmaking process, and go into the running to win a scholarship to Bond? Visit the BUFTA website for key dates, handy hints, and more.

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All about the BUFTA scholarship

Each year, there are a number of prizes offered to the top filmmakers recognised at BUFTA – with the number one accolade, a full scholarship to study the Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond, going to the winner of the Best Overall Filmmaker award.  

The winner of the Jury Prize will receive a 25 per cent scholarship to study the same program.

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Top tips for entering BUFTA

Just like everything we do at Bond, BUFTA is all about you – your idea, your vision, and your final product. Simply let imagination and ambition be your guide! There are a number of categories to enter that cover key film genres – drama, comedy, sport, documentary, animation, experimental, music video, and art film.  

Head over to the BUFTA website to access helpful resources for making your short film, including a series of videos from the academic staff behind the Bachelor of Film and Television.

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Key dates for 2022  

Keen on entering BUFTA 2022? Here are some key dates to mark in your calendar.  

Entries open: Sunday, 1 May, 2022

Entries close: Thursday, 15 September, 2022

Judging day: Wednesday, 12 October, 2022

Top 40 finalist films announced: Thursday, 13 October, 2022

Nominees announced: Tuesday, 18 October, 2022

People’s Choice voting opens: Tuesday, 18 October, 2022

Winners announced: Saturday, 26 November, 2022 at the annual Bond University Film & Television Awards ceremony. 

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