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2019 Bond University Film and TV Awards

Nominees present outstanding student films for 2019 Bond University Film and TV Awards

A documentary about the struggles of a dairy farmer and a thriller shot on the desolate Abrolhos Islands are among the entries in Australia’s top competition for high school filmmakers.

The 2019 Bond University Film and Television Awards — BUFTA – accepts short films in six categories, with the major prize being a full scholarship to study film and television at the Gold Coast university.

The Director of Film, Screen and Creative Media at Bond, Associate Professor Michael Sergi, lauded the quality of this year’s entries. “The biggest difference this year is there were a quite a number of films that were of high calibre,” Dr Sergi said. “This year, they are all pretty even across the board, making it a very challenging year for our judges.”

Sallie Jones: An Australian Farmer by Victoria’s Henry Johnston tells the true story of a dairy farmer who, after the death of her father, honours his legacy by turning his farm into a thriving business.

In the drama category, Terra Nullius by Western Australia’s Ebony Cunningham showcases the unique scenery of her home state.

Set in the Abrolhos Islands, it depicts a young woman’s escape from her captor, a fisherman.

Both films make extensive use of drone cinematography which is a feature of several entries this year.

“There’s a lot of drone work and murder or attempted murder this year,” Dr Sergi said, citing Jemima Patch-Taylor’s film Matilda and Austin Macfarlane’s film Mates, which both take different approaches to murder.

He said most of the films had been shot with relatively inexpensive DSLR cameras.

“It goes to show that for students, DSLR works well as the films will predominantly be watched online.”

BUFTA was first held in 1996 and previous winners include The Bureau of Magical Things actor Elizabeth Cullen and Matthew Thorne, who has forged an international career in film including working alongside Ridley Scott on Alien: Covenant.

BUFTA winners will be announced at a gala awards event at Bond University on November 23.

TV personality James Mathison will return for the fourth consecutive year as host of the 2019 BUFTA Gala Awards, with this year’s mid-show entertainment presented by talented singer-songwriter and Bond University Alumna, Stephanie Dass.

The public are encouraged to support the young filmmakers, view the films, and vote for the Red Bull People’s Choice Award by visiting the BUFTA Facebook page or the BUFTA website.

The awards ceremony will also be broadcast live on the BUFTA website, and Bond University’s Facebook Live and Instagram pages on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm (AEST).

 

A full list of nominees for the 2019 BUFTA Awards is below:

Animation:

Alfie by Shreya Arora (QLD)

Hide and Seek by Taleisha Lee (QLD)

Mark & Fish by Emma Russell (VIC)

Comedy:

Australia High by Oliver John (VIC)

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun by Madhumitha Iyer (VIC)

I Need Space by Catherine Shepherd (WA)

Documentary:

Mi Chiamo Maria, Mi Chiamo Carina by Carina Serong (QLD)

Sallie Jones: An Australian Farmer by Henry Johnston (VIC)

To Be a Volunteer by Bethany Alexs (VIC)

Drama:

Mates by Austin Macfarlane (QLD)

Terra Nullius by Ebony Cunningham (WA)

Ultimatum by Curtis Charlton (QLD)

Experimental:

Corruption by Helen Mullan (QLD)

The Call of the Wild by Jemima Patch-Taylor (QLD)

Voir Le Voir by Suzanna Steele (NSW)

Music Video:

AViVA -BLACKOUT by Ben Ginbey (WA)

Matilda by Jemima Patch-Taylor (QLD)

White Knuckles by Austin Macfarlane (QLD)

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***BUFTA 2019 winners announced***

BRISBANE’S Austin Macfarlane has won Australia’s top competition for high school filmmakers with a dark murder thriller and a music video that offers a modern take on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Mr Macfarlane took out the 2019 Bond University Film and Television Awards – known as BUFTA – at a gala awards ceremony on November 23.

He wins a full scholarship to study film and television at the Gold Coast university.

The Anglican Church Grammar School student impressed judges with his short film Mates which delves into how far a servile teenager will go to please his bullying friend.

Mr Macfarlane said he’d challenged himself to experiment with a different genre of film when making Mates.  “I mainly do comedy or visual films, but I did drama this time to try something new,” he said. “I think the best part about being in BUFTA was seeing all the other finalists’ films because I really enjoyed them and seeing how much effort everyone put into their films is inspirational and pushes me to improve my own work.”

On winning the scholarship to study at Bond, Mr Macfarlane said it would enable him to focus on his future endeavours.  “I definitely want to pursue a career in film – right now I’m just figuring that out but I think with the right guidance I can fully understand what I want to do, but it could be something along the lines of directing or cinematography,” he said. “It’s a great privilege to have won the scholarship. I love the BUFTA experience and I’m looking forward to coming to Bond next year.”

Mates won the drama category, while Mr Macfarlane was also a finalist in the music video category with White Knuckles, about two friends wagging school. The two combined earned him the scholarship.

Mr Macfarlane’s brother Lachlan won the Jury Prize and Best Drama at BUFTA in 2017.

The other finalists for the top prize were:

* Ebony Cunningham of St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School in Perth with Terra Nullius, an abduction mystery shot in the Abrolhos Islands;

* Henry Johnson of Scotch College in Melbourne with documentary Sallie Jones: An Australian Farmer about a dairy farmer who, after the death of her father, honours his legacy by turning his farm into a thriving business. The doco won Best Directing and the Dean’s Choice;

* Suzanne Steele of Santa Sabina College in Sydney with the experimental Voir Le Voir, featuring such fast-paced editing it comes with a warning it may affect viewers with epilepsy. It won the Experimental category as well as Sound and Cinematography.

Bond University’s Director of Film, Screen and Creative Media, Associate Professor Michael Sergi, lauded the quality of this year’s entries.

“The biggest difference this year was there were a quite a number of films that were of high calibre,” Dr Sergi said.  “This year, they were all pretty even across the board, making it a very challenging year for our judges.”

Dr Sergi said several films this year made extensive use of drone cinematography.  “There’s a lot of drone work and murder or attempted murder this year,” Dr Sergi said, citing Jemima Patch-Taylor’s film Matilda and Mr Macfarlane’s Mates, which both take different approaches to murder.

He said most of the films had been shot with relatively inexpensive DSLR cameras.  “It goes to show that for students, DSLR works well as the films will predominantly be watched online.”

Bond University Executive Dean of the Faculty of Society & Design, Professor Derek Carson, said he was extremely impressed with the effort and execution of the Bond University Film and Television students, who worked tirelessly to make BUFTA a highly professional and successful event.

“BUFTA is part of our Film and Television students’ curriculum and learning. Tonight, they demonstrated an incredible level of professionalism and provided an industry standard gala event,” Professor Carson said.  “Here at Bond, our size and the relationship we have with students enables us to do things a little bit differently, a little bit special. We pride ourselves on offering active, authentic, and engaged learning – working to ensure that when our students graduate, they are well prepared to work in the industries they aspire to.”

BUFTA was first held in 1996 and previous winners include The Bureau of Magical Things actor Elizabeth Cullen and Matthew Thorne, who has forged an international career in film including working alongside Ridley Scott on Alien: Covenant.

Here is a full list of the BUFTA 2019 winners:
Animation

Mark & Fish, Emma Russell, Huntingtower School, VIC

                              

Comedy                                                                                    

I Need Space, Catherine Shepherd, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, WA

 

Documentary                                                 

Sallie Jones: An Australian Farmer, Henry Johnston, Scotch College, VIC

                              

Drama                                                       

Mates, Austin Macfarlane, Anglican Church Grammar School, QLD

                              

Experimental                                                                              

Voir Le Voir, Suzanna Steele, Santa Sabina College, NSW

 

Music Video                                                       

Matilda, Jemima Patch-Taylor, St Rita’s College, QLD

                              

Directing

Henry Johnston, Sallie Jones: An Australian Farmer                                                      

                              

Screenwriting                                                                             

Catherine Shepherd, I Need Space

                              

Cinematography                                                                            

Suzanna Steele, Voir Le Voir                          

                              

Editing                                                     

Ben Ginbey, Mandurah Catholic College, AViVA, BLACKOUT                      

                              

Sound                                                       

Suzanna Steele, Voir Le Voir

                              

Gold Coast Filmmaker                                                   

Carina Serong, Marymount College, Mi Chiamo Maria, Mi Chiamo Carina

                              

Jury Prize                                                                                     

Catherine Shepherd, I Need Space

                              

Dean’s Choice                                                             

Sallie Jones: An Australian Farmer, Henry Johnston

                              

Best School                                                             

Mansfield State High School, QLD

 

Scholarship Winner                                                      

Austin Macfarlane, Mates & White Knuckles

Austin Macfarlane – overall winner of BUFTA 2019



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