Movie buffs encouraged to vote for local film awards

BOND University is asking the public to help crown Australia’s best young filmmakers ahead of its annual Film and Television Awards, to be held on November 29.

In its 19th year, the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is continuing to prove popular with senior high school students from across Australia, with more than 170 entries received this year.

A shortlist of 18 films by 15 students are nominated for categories, including best animation, best comedy, best documentary, best drama, best experimental and best music video. These films are all eligible to win the People’s Choice Award, including a $1250 gift voucher from Videopro to further the filmmaker’s talent.


Other awards including City of Gold Coast Filmmaker, Best School, Dean’s Choice, Jury Prize and Best Overall Filmmaker will also be announced at the Gala Awards Evening. The winner of Best Overall Filmmaker will receive a full scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

Bond University Director of Film and Television Dr Michael Sergi said the BUFTAs was a great way to identify up and coming talent, and support the next generation of filmmakers in building their careers.

“The quality of submissions we received this year was absolutely incredible. The standard improves every year. The judges had a tough decision, and we have shortlisted the best films for the public to view and vote on,” he said.

“This is your chance to help budding filmmakers get a start in the industry. There is a lot of great young talent here in Australia and we want to do all we can to inspire and motivate students to pursue a career in film and television.

“Each year, BUFTA is organised by Bond University’s current Film and Television students as part of their course, so it’s like a mini Oscars, with all nominees flown in for an exciting evening and receiving the full red carpet treatment.

“This year the Awards will be hosted by Oscar winning Australian ‘clayographer’ Adam Elliot – who is best known for his animation film Harvie Krumpet . So entrants and guests will get a real taste of Hollywood and what it is like to work in this exciting industry.”

Bond is encouraging movie buffs to visit to view the shortlisted entries and vote for their favourite film.