Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is THE short film competition for aspiring filmmakers from Year 11 and 12 secondary schools across Australia.

Originally started in 1996 and offering a grand prize of a full fee paid scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University, BUFTA has grown to become one of the most well-respected competitions in the Southern Hemisphere!

There are no themes to adhere to, no objects you must use, no-one else’s message to relay, simply let your imagination and ambition be your guide.

There are eight categories that can be entered into, so check them out below, grab your camera and go!


Please Note:

Due to COVID-19 and current restrictions around social gatherings, BUFTA may have to change the dynamics of our event.

We look forward to celebrating your incredible films with you at our Annual Bond University Film & Television Awards, on Saturday 26th November, 2022, however this event is subject to change in accordance with the most current restrictions and guidelines advised by the Australian Government. 

BUFTA Categories

Students can enter a film, made as a part of a school assessment or as an independent project, into one of the following categories:


Fictional film which wholly uses drawn or created 2D or 3D artwork or static physical models filmed in such a manner as to create the illusion of physical movement.


Fictional film in which dramatic storytelling uses humour as a central device.


Nonfictional film which is a creative treatment of actuality involving investigation and research presented in a logically unfolding sequence.


Fictional film in which dramatic storytelling develops realistic, identifiable characters dealing with a range of contemporary social and human issues.


Experimental films are often characterised by the absence of linear narrative, the use of abstracting techniques such as out-of-focus, painting or scratching on film, rapid editing and repetition. The goal is often to place the viewer in a more active and thoughtful relationship to the film. Often student experimental films are too long which lessens their impact


The creative exploration of the unity between song, performance, representation and imagery.


Neither a documentary, drama, nor, experimental film, the Art Film is none of these, yet, somehow, all of them. In this unique category, filmmakers explore media aesthetics, structures, concepts, and themes in a creative way. Through the representation of conventions, manipulation of codes, and application of technology, they investigate emotional and intellectual responses, communicate tone, mood, and meaning in a very personal form of cinematic artistic expression.