Gold Coast students take out awards at national short film competition

TWO Gold Coast students have taken out gongs at the Bond University Film and Television Awards.

Tamborine Mountain State High’s Grace Criss was awarded City of Gold Coast’s Best Gold Coast Filmmaker Award, with her high school, Tamborine Mountain State High School, also receiving the Best School Award.

Finn Robinson, from Miami State High School, took out Best Achievement in Documentary for his film The Kombumerri People: Life Goes on.


Bond University Director of Film and Television, Associate Professor Michael Sergi said BUFTA was Australia’s most significant short film competition for senior high school students in Year 11 and 12, and encouraged students to begin working now on their films for next year.

“BUFTA provides young filmmakers with a major platform to showcase their work to the nation, and next year we will welcome yet another crop of young filmmakers with fresh ideas and stories for the big screen,” he said.

“The success of previous winners, including Eric So who has been involved in Hollywood films including Captain America, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and The Great Gatsby, is testament to the calibre of filmmakers discovered through BUFTA.

“With so many talented ‘up-and-comers’, it’s an exciting time for the Australian film and television industry, and Bond looks forward to continuing to help shape the filmmakers of tomorrow.”