Year 11 and 12 students recently attended the Future Filmmakers conference at Bond University, as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival.

The conference was focused on studying film after high school and working in the film industry. We are extremely excited by the Queensland Film industry and how much it has grown since COVID. The industry is booming and many people are migrating towards working within it.

A few highlights of the conference were Gold Coast Film Festival ambassador, actor Lincoln Lewis. Lincoln spoke of his experience as an actor within the industry, but also some other areas of interest such as producing. He was enthusiastic and engaged with the audience. Lots of questions were asked and answered and Lincoln even obliged for a few photographs for fans.

Keynote speakers included, makeup and props special effects artist, Jason Baird. Jason has just won a BAFTA for his work on Baz Luhrmann’s Queensland created film biopic, Elvis. Victoria Heatherington, who is a Bond Alumnus 2018, spoke to students via a zoom link from her workplace in Adelaide. She is now working for WETA FX. Victoria has been involved in recent films, The Batman, The Last of Us and DC and Marvels films are currently in the works.

Students were given the opportunity to take a tour around the Bond Film studios, visiting the sound and editing suites and the main film studio. Many of our students are excited to enter the BUFTA Awards, Bond University's film competition for Australian Year 11 and 12 students.

Future Filmmakers is an annual event held during the Gold Coast Film Festival at Bond university. Somerset College’s Design Department is proud to work in partnership with Bond University’s Film school. 

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