BUFTA Resources for Filmmakers
Have you hit a roadblock with your film? Unsure of what your next step should be? The BUFTA Team have created a collection of resources to help you in your filmmaking journey, including step-by-step guides, links, downloads, and even tips and tricks from our very own Bond Film and Television academic team!
- Where to start?
Access copyright free music
Wondering where you can get copyright free music for your film? Check out our collection of resources below!
COPYRIGHT FREE MUSIC - NO COST!
- mobygratis - Free music for independent filmmakers by Moby
- incompetech - Music and also Graph Paper
- The Red Ferret - 1 million free and legal music tracks
- Creative Commons (formerly Opsound) - A global community dedicated to better sharing of creative content
RIGHTS FREE MUSIC - PAID ACCESS!
- Audio Network - Quality production music for TV, Film, Video and Advertising
- Beatsuite.com - Great music, simple licensing.
- SMARTassMusic - Music notation services and recording for studios, stage & concerts around the world
- PacDV - A mixture of free and pay-to-download royalty free sound effects, background sounds, and music tracks
FIND OUT WHO OWNS THE COPYRIGHT TO MUSIC
APRA AMCOS can help you find who owns the copyright to music or media that you wish to use, and can even help with obtaining permissions for certain works - check out their website to find out more.
Tips & Tricks
TIPS FROM THE MASTERS
Cinematographer John Seale has one secret word to help students in a career in film: Perseverance.
To help you persevere in making your short film the best that it can be, check out the links below to hear tips and tricks from our industry-leading Bond University Film & Television academics.
Academy award-winning Australian film director George Miller (of the legendary Mad Max film series ☠️🏜️) has some tips and tricks to help you get started!
PRE-FILMING TIPS & FILMMAKING TRICKS
Head of Film, Screen & Creative Media at Bond, Dr Darren Fisher, provides useful Directors tips and advice on camera selection and discusses his personal preference for selecting a camera with a range of lenses rather than focusing only on high definition.
Listen to Scott Knight, Head of Cinema Studies at Bond, discuss how to achieve film style through techniques including language selection and the use of a storyboard. In this video he also tells us how and when to structure an experimental film through abstract and associational approaches.
Bond University Alumna Hannah Keogh is now kicking major goals in the filmmaking industry - Hear Hannah's top tips from when she was a Bond student!
Watch Past BUFTA's
The BUFTA Live Broadcast forms part of the curriculum for first-year Bachelor of Film & Television students at Bond University.
Each year our student cohort forms the 'BUFTA Crew' and take on Live Television Broadcast roles. This experiential first-year subject is a truly collaborative effort that sees students take on key roles as directors, audio and lighting specialists, scriptwriters, camera operators, segment producers, stage and floor managers, graphic designers, and much more.
Check out past BUFTA's here:
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Bond students at work in the Faculty of Society & Design film studios.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about BUFTA, or studying film and television at Bond University?
You've come to the right place! Explore the information below, or reach out to us directly at [email protected] if your question isn't covered here.
What is BUFTA?
BUFTA is the premier film competition for Year 11 and 12 High School students around Australia. The competition attracts
and showcases aspiring young filmmakers from all across the country and now the globe*.
The Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) culminate in a live awards ceremony where the winner for each of the categories, and the overall prize winner, are announced. BUFTA finalists are invited to Bond University campus to walk the red carpet and receive acknowledgement for their exceptional filmmaking skill and achievements.
For those who cannot make it in person, the BUFTA Ceremony is filmed and broadcast live to a global audience - so you can tune in to the excitement from wherever you are in the world!
Who organises and produces BUFTA?
Bond University's Faculty of Society & Design are the proud organisers of BUFTA and it's related events.
The BUFTA Ceremony is produced, directed, and broadcast live by Bond University's first-year Bachelor of Film and Television students. A truly collaborative effort that sees students take on key roles as directors, audio and lighting specialists, script writers, camera operators, segment producers, stage and floor managers, graphic designers, and much more.
What prizes can BUFTA entrants win?
The Best Overall Filmmaker will receive a full scholarship* to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University – Sponsored by Bond University’s Faculty of Society & Design
The Jury Prize winner will receive a 25% scholarship* to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University – Sponsored by Bond University’s Faculty of Society & Design
Best Gold Coast Filmmaker Award
Prize – Sponsored by Councillor Hermann Vorster, Division 11 – City of Gold Coast
People's Choice Award
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive a Sponsor Prize Pack – Sponsored by Dendy Cinema's
Dean's Choice Award
The Dean’s Choice award winner will receive a $250 JB Hi-Fi Gift Card.* – Sponsored by Bond University’s Faculty of Society & Design
Best School Award
Industry-grade recording and studio equipment proudly sponsored by Russtor Music – See full range here
The winner of each category award will receive a 12-month subscription to Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud – Sponsored by Bond University’s Faculty of Society & Design
The winner of Best Animation category will also receive a $250 JB Hi-Fi gift card* – Sponsored by Big Voice Media Group
Best Art Film
The winner of Best Documentary category will also receive a prize pack to the value of $300 - Sponsored by Panorama Creative
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Sport Film
The winner of Best Sport Film will also be offered a highly coveted internship program with NEP Group – Sponsored by NEP Group Inc.
Best International Film
The Best International Filmmaker will win a Travel Voucher to the value of $2000.00 (AUD) towards a trip to visit Gold Coast, Australia – Sponsored by Study Gold Coast
The winner of each craft award will receive a Double Pass - Sponsored by Home of the Arts (HOTA)
The winner of Best Cinematography will also receive a 12-month membership to the Australian Cinematographers Society (ASC) Queensland Branch – Sponsored by the Australian Cinematographers Society (ASC)
Best Sound Design
All nominees who attend the BUFTA Ceremony will receive:
- Double passes to Movie World Theme Park - Sponsored by Warner Bros Movie World & Village Roadshow
- Warner Bros Movie World Show Bag - Sponsored by Warner Bros Movie World & Village Roadshow
- Study Gold Coast Merch Pack - Sponsored by Study Gold Coast
- Dendy Cinemas 'Movie Experience' Prize Pack - Sponsored by Dendy Cinemas
- 6-month free subscription to StoryKeeper by Othelia - Sponsored by StoryKeeper - Othelia
*See Terms & Conditions for scholarship eligibility.
BUFTA sponsorships & how to get involved
BUFTA would like to thank our generous sponsors...
- Bond University
- NEP Group Inc
- Warner Bros Movie World
- Village Roadshow Theme Parks
- HOTA (Home of the Arts)
- City of Gold Coast
- Study Gold Coast
- Councillor Hermann Vorster, Division 11, City of Gold Coast
- Dendy Cinema's
- StoryKeeper - Othelia
- Big Voice Media Group
- Gold Coast Film Festival
- Russtor Music
- The Australian Cinematographers Society
- Red Bull
- Panorama Creative
Special Thank You to...
Phillip Noyce AO, Award-winning Australian Filmmaker - Official BUFTA Patron
Daniel Radcliffe, Award-winning Actor - Official BUFTA Supporter
If you would like further information on the competition, any of our events or are interested in becoming a sponsor of BUFTA please contact our Marketing and Events Team: [email protected]
If you are experiencing any technical difficulties while on the BUFTA website or are having trouble uploading your film, please contact our Information Technology Team on [email protected]
MORE BUFTA INFORMATION
If you would like any further information about BUFTA, please visit the Faculty of Society and Design Competitions website.
What is the BUFTA Academy Roadshow?
The BUFTA Academy is an exclusive opportunity to meet one of our industry experts, hear about film and television and enhance filmmaking skills in preparation for entering BUFTA. In 2023, the BUFTA Academy Roadshow travelled to Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin to run interactive sessions with students in Years 11 and 12.
HEAR FROM PAST ACADEMY ROADSHOW PARTICIPANTS
The feedback I have received from my students following the BUFTA Roadshow has been every positive. Thank you again. I look forward to the opportunity to attend another BUFTA Roadshow and Experience Day at Bond in the future.
Kirsty Bidlake, Media Teacher l Toowoomba Christian College
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 had the opportunity to speak to said that they certainly got a lot out of it. I certainly did.
Timothy Reuther, Drama, Film & New Media Teacher l Harristown State High School
To find out more about our Academy Roadshow, or to inquire about 2024 dates, please contact us at [email protected].
What is the BUFTA Student Academy?
The BUFTA Student Academy is an opportunity for high school students to meet and talk to our staff and industry experts directly about film and television, and build up their skills and knowledge to prepare them to enter BUFTA.
Students will benefit from three intensive mini-workshops in one day, focusing on cinematography, lighting, editing and colour grading. These workshops are open to students with all levels of filmmaking experience, from beginners to advanced.
The 2023 BUFTA Student Academy dates will be released soon - stay tuned!
What is the BUFTA Masterclass?
The BUFTA Teacher's Masterclass is a highly regarded, hands-on series of professional development workshops that incorporate key aspects of filmmaking into an action-packed training day. These workshops utilise Bond's state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and are specially designed to help teachers help their students.
In these exclusive sessions, our industry experts will take you through everything you need to know about film and television. This event offers a range of options for experienced teachers, as well as teachers who are ready to take the next step.
The 2023 BUFTA Masterclass dates will be released soon - stay tuned!
What makes Bond's Bachelor of Film and Television stand out?
Are you passionate about a career in film, television, or related screen-based media?
The Bachelor of Film and Television is a heavily hands-on and project-based degree that allows you to balance practical filmmaking production experience with creative practice theory, encouraging you to explore and develop your individual creativity and artistic voice.
You will learn in small classes, mentored by international award-winning film writers, producers, and directors. You’ll have unrivalled access to more than 40 editing stations, and the latest creative technologies software and equipment including Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro, Pro-Tools 5.1 HD mixing suites, and a fully equipped three-camera digital television studio. Importantly, you will also gain access to Bond’s equipment loan store that gives you the opportunity to use industry standard lighting, camera, and sound equipment for your own film projects.
Bond’s Bachelor of Film and Television program draws on the University’s strong connections with the local production industry to provide hands on experience and real-life projects for our film and television students. Gain industry credits and make contacts working on movie sets, television shows, and at broadcast events. You will build your creative portfolio from day one, with the opportunity to partake in multiple film projects in creative student collaborations, as well as live Outdoor Broadcasts (OB) of sporting events.
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