Posted on 17 November, 2018 in Students

BUFTA Finalist

BUFTA Finalist

Darwin High School Year 12 student Max Conaghan has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA).

BUFTA is a short film competition for aspiring filmmakers from Year 11 and 12 secondary schools across Australia. The competition has grown to become one of the richest competitions in the Southern Hemisphere and the winner receives a full fee paid scholarship to study Film and Television at Bond University students can enter a film, made as a part of a school assessment or as an independent project, into one of six categories: animation, comedy, documentary, drama, experimental film and music video.

Max is a top three finalist in the Drama category for his film Bailey.

By student Max Conaghan

Bailey follows a boy whose nightly skate along the Nightcliff foreshore turns into a nightmare - and the outcome is deadly. It is based on a true story of a woman who was murdered by her boyfriend, and I wanted to adapt this story to Darwin. BUFTA is a prestigious Australia-wide film competition, and I was the only person from the NT to make it into the preliminary finals, and then I made it all the way to the finals. Please vote for me in the People's Choice category, as being the only person from the NT to make it in, I want to make a huge impact in the awards, and represent the NT well.

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Bond University will fly Max to the Gold Coast for their Gala Awards Evening on Saturday 24 November, where the winners will be announced. From all the staff and students at Darwin High School congratulations and good luck!

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