The Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) are up and running again for 2014 with fantastic prizes on offer for student filmmakers. Not surprisingly, the competition attracts entries from across Australia, chasing a fantastic first prize of a fully paid scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond University on the Gold Coast.


The Bond University Film and Television Awards is a short film competition open to students in Year 11 and 12 at Australian secondary schools. Originally started in 1996, BUFTA has grown to become one of the richest and most illustrious student film competitions in Australia.

There are no themes, messages/topics or signature items that must be included; it is open to the imagination of the participants, with six categories into which entries can be submitted. The films can be part of a school assessment or an independent project that fits into one of the following categories:

• Animation
• Comedy
• Documentary
• Drama
• Experimental
• Music Video

There are also great prizes for each category winner, as well as Craft Awards and prizes for Best School. There is a People’s Choice Award and Dean’s Choice Award, all of which have prizes up for grabs. Interestingly, last year’s overall winner – A Day in the Life of a Librarian by Benjamin Griggs of Guildford Grammar School in Western Australia – also won Best Comedy, Best Screenwriting and People’s Choice.

The competition is now open and entries close on October 8, 2014. The top 30 finalists will be announced on October 29 and the competition winners will be announced on November 29.

For more information about the 2014 Bond University Film and Television Awards or to see entries from previous years, including the 2014 winner, head to the competition website or follow BUFTA on Facebook.