17-year-old crowned Best Filmmaker at Bufta Awards

High School student Elizabeth Cullen has been crowned Best Filmmaker at the Bond University Film and Television Awards for her short film The Artist..

The 17-year-old, from Cairns State High School, won Best Overall Filmmaker and Best Directing at the Bufta Gala Awards ceremony on Saturday night (November 28), earning her a full scholarship to Bond University on the Gold Coast to study a Bachelor of Film and Television.

She is one of only two females to win the top award in the event.s 20 year history.

The most awarded film of this year.s Awards was After Tracy, by Darwin High School student Nathaniel Kelly who took home the prizes for Best Drama, Best Cinematography, the Dean.s Choice Award and the Jury Prize, which included a 25 per cent scholarship to Bond University to study a Bachelor of Film and Television.

The event was hosted by Academy Award winning Australian 'clayographer' Adam Elliot,

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