Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions


  • The competition is open to Australian secondary students enrolled in Year 11 or Year 12, or equivalent studies
  • A competitor may enter an unlimited number of entries.
  • Each entry should be no longer than 10 minutes in length, including titles and credits.
  • Entries should be suitable for public viewing and must not contain obscene or offensive content such as adult themes, violence, drug use, coarse language, nudity as judged by BUFTA officials.
  • All entries must be submitted via the BUFTA submission portal during the specified entry period.
    Other delivery forms may be accepted if written permission is obtained from the BUFTA Technical Team (fsdsupport@bond.edu.au) at least 10 days prior to the competition close date.
  • All films must be shot in either 1920 x 1080 HD as a base format, or 4K, and at 25p (25 frames per second, progressive). Different aspect ratios welcome.
  • Film file size must be no larger than 4.5GB
  • The preferred film file type is .mov or mp4.
  • In addition to your competition entry, you must also submit a “Hopes and Dreams” video by the due date for competition entries (see “Hopes and Dreams” Video)
  • Only one person may be the representative of the film. Any prize or requests for publicity will be directed to this person.
  • All key pre-production, production and post-production roles must only be undertaken by high school students or graduates of no more than 2-years. Older people, parents and film and television professionals can mentor and advise students, but not actually perform the roles in any way or actively assist in the performance of the roles. Please note: These regulations exclude Actors, who can be of any age.
  • Films must have been made between during the year of entry.
  • Previous BUFTA entries will not be accepted.
  • Permission must be obtained from the parent/guardian and teacher of individual entrant. If consent has not been obtained, the film will, unfortunately, be disqualified
  • All submissions must be original (both audio and video material) and must not include copyright material, unless suitable copyright permissions have been obtained (see Intellectual Property).
  • You agree to fully indemnify the University against any loss, damage or claim made against them, for any intellectual property infringement by you.
  • The quality of the film is the student’s responsibility. The film submitted and received within the entry period is the version that will be judged. No subsequent versions will be accepted after the competition close date.
  • The University reserve the right to redesignate films they believe have been improperly placed in a category, to a more appropriate one.
  • The organisers of BUFTA may use films submitted for entry or excerpts from it for teaching purposes and to promote the competition to the public by whatever means it sees fit. This includes online, print and multimedia. We retain this right indefinitely despite additional competitions the film may be entered into.
  • Entrants may be contacted by media in relation to their BUFTA entry.  Entry in the competition is deemed as consent of this.
  • The scholarship winner MUST be willing to be involved in promotional activity arranged by the University.  Entry in the competition is deemed as accepting this obligation.
  • All decisions of the University and judges are final.
  • All prizes are non-transferable or redeemable for cash.
  • Winners will be announced at the BUFTA Gala Awards evening.
  • You agree to comply with all the reasonable requests of the BUFTA organisers.
  • You must agree to these terms and conditions when submitting a film.



Definitions of film categories:

Animation: 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.

Art Film: An exploration of media aesthetics, structures, concepts and themes in a personal and creative way. Filmmakers investigate emotional and intellectual responses, and communicate tone, mood, and meaning, through the representation of conventions, manipulation of codes, and application of technology.

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

Documentary: Nonfictional film which is intended to creatively document some aspect of reality, involving investigation and research, and presented in a logically unfolding sequence.

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

Experimental Film: Often characterised by the absence of linear narrative and the use of abstracting techniques, such as out-of-focus, painting or scratching on film, rapid editing and repetition.

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

Sports Film: Create a short sports story and include the technique of multi-camera live-action, that you have created, within the story. The film can feature a person, a team, or a sporting event.



To be considered for the next round of judging and the opportunity to become a BUFTA Nominee, you must submit your “Hopes and Dreams” video no later than the specified deadline. This video must be between 2 and 3 minutes long and outline your dreams, your story, what sparked your love for film-making, what you hope to gain from the BUFTA experience and why you want to win the Major Prize, a full-scholarship or Jury Prize, a part-scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film & Television at Bond University.



Prizes will be presented to the winners at the Bond University Film & Television Awards Gala Ceremony. The prizes are final, non-transferable and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash. Please note that the prizes are subject to change.



The winner of the Overall Best Filmmaker Scholarship award will receive a full tuition scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University. This prize is non -transferrable or redeemable for cash. The winner will be required to satisfy the University’s admission criteria and enrol to commence study in a fulltime capacity (a minimum of three subjects per semester, normally four) the following year. The Executive Dean has discretion to vary the eligibility criteria.  This prize covers tuition only and will not provide for accommodation, living expenses, text books, consumables, travel or other personal or incidental expenses. If the student fails a subject, the student will be asked to explain their performance. The Executive Dean will consider the explanation and decide whether to recommend continuation of the scholarship. Termination of the Scholarship will be at the Dean’s discretion after consideration of a written recommendation from the Director of Film and Television.

If the major prize winner is also a category winner and therefore the recipient of a subject award, only one or the other may be used.

NOTE: The Scholarship will not cover tuition fees associated with enrolment in repeat or substitute subjects.

The overall best filmmaker will be selected by the BUFTA judging panel as having created the best film overall and shown the greatest potential.



The winner of each category will receive a prize that will be confirmed closer to the close of the competition. The category award winners will be selected by the BUFTA judging panel as having demonstrated excellent skill and creativity in the relevant category.



The craft award winners will be selected by the BUFTA judging panel as having demonstrated a significant understanding and excellent representation of cinematography, sound design, editing, directing, screenwriting techniques.



The winning school will receive a prize to the value of at least $2500.

The winning school will be selected by the BUFTA judging panel as having submitted multiple entries which show an overall high quality of filmmaking ability and / or a significant improvement on film quality from their previous year’s entries.



The winner of this award will be selected by BUFTA officials via an online voting platform in which the nominee film with the greatest number of votes attained during the nominated voting period will win.



The winner of the City of Gold Coast Filmmaker Award will receive a cheque in the amount of $300 from the Gold Coast City Council.  Only residents of the Gold Coast (residential postcodes 4207 – 4272 inclusive) are eligible to win this prize. The winner will be selected by the BUFTA judging panel.



The Executive Dean’s Choice award winner will receive a prize to the value of $250. The winner will be selected by the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Society & Design.



The entrant agrees to indemnify Bond University Limited and its respective successors, assignees, licensees, and its respective officers, directors, members, agents and employees and hold them harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal fees) and penalties arising out of, resulting from, based upon or incurred because of a breach by a competitor of any statement, representation or warranty made by the entrant in the entry form, including a breach of the copyright warranty below, these procedures and regulations or arising from any negligence whatsoever of the entrant or for any claims whatsoever arising from the film.



Copyright considerations are the competitor’s responsibility. The creator of the film must own copyright in both vision and sound or have suitable permissions in place and be willing to assign the copyright to Bond University Limited for the purposes of promotion.  Material which has been created by other persons (including, but not limited to photography, stills, footage or music) must have the appropriate copyright free status or permission from the copyright holder.  If your film includes recognisable images of individuals, then permission must be obtained from each individual.  Permission must be obtained from the parent/guardian of individuals recognised in the film if they are under 18 years of age. If consent has not been obtained, the film will unfortunately be disqualified. Information provided by the entrant may be used by Bond University for promotional/publicity purposes.



The deliberations of the judging panel remain confidential. All recommendations and decisions taken are binding and final. No correspondence will be entered into on such matters.



The information supplied on the entry and consent form is being collected by Bond University and will be used and disclosed for the purpose of administering and promoting the competition. Your information may also be shared with the judges and employees of Bond University. Your name and film may be disclosed in print and/or electronic form, without additional compensation. Information will also be posted on Bond University websites and other marketing materials in relation to advertising and promotional activities. If the personal information you provide to Bond University is incomplete and/or inaccurate, Bond University may be unable to process this entry. You may access the personal information Bond University holds about you in accordance with Bond University’s privacy policy. www.bond.edu.au/privacy.