Bishop’s University Film Festival (BUFF)

Bishop’s University Film Festival (BUFF)

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The Bishop’s University Film Festival (BUFF) celebrates the creativity and skill of Bishop’s students, no matter what program they are in, through an annual competition in digital filmmaking. Students can submit any kind of short film – fiction, documentary, or experimental, as long as it’s less than six minutes long – and at our Gala Awards Night in March, we project your fabulous work on the giant screen in Centennial Theatre, hand out unique awards and lavish prizes, feed you and fete you, and generally treat you like the next Xavier Dolan.

BUFF is now in its sixth year! You can see most of the films from the last five years on our YouTube Channel or Facebook page.

Select BUFF films are presented at the Festival Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke held annually in April, and one BUFF film (selected by the BUFF executive) competes in the student competition at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal in October.  BUFF films submitted in the “Resarch Film” category may also be entered in the national SSHRC “Storytellers” and NSERC “Science, Action!” competitions.  Be sure to check the additional rules for those competitions.


You can be a part of BUFF by making a film about a research project, funded or unfunded, carried out by a BU professor, or by a student who has done a research assistantship, an Honour’s project, an independent study, a summer research experience, or an M.A./M.Sc. project.  And don’t worry if you’ve never made a film before. We can connect you with other students who have the technical skills to get your film made. Just ask!


Films will have their public, big-screen debuts at our Gala Screening and Awards Show in Centennial Theatre on Friday, March 27th, 2020. Come out to this red-carpet event to see the films and be seen with the stars. Witness the inflating of egos and the making of careers as our illustrious panel of judges names the best work in many categories. Sumptuous snacks and a vote for the “Audience Choice” award are included with your ticket, available for $7 after Reading Week. Details will follow.


There are numerous ways for you to get involved with BUFF:

1) Come up with your own idea for a film, gather together your cast and crew from your pool of talented pals, and get that thing in the can before the deadline for submission on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.

2) Volunteer as part of the cast or crew for a film.

3) Make a film for a class and submit it as part of the festival. We offer ENG 383 Digital Filmmaking or ENG 384 Documentary Filmmaking in the fall term every year, courses in which you’ll develop filmmaking skills and apply them to the making of a number of short movies, one of which you can then submit to BUFF.

4) Join the BUFF organizing committee. Every year, a group of students organizes and overseas the BUFF competition, designing promotional materials, finding sponsors, crafting our unique BUFF awards, and planning the gala. If you’d like to be involved, contact Dr. Woodward.

All student filmmakers who are making a film for BUFF should fill out the registration form and submit it to Dr. Steven Woodward, Morris House 17, by January 22nd, 2020.

All films must be submitted in person before the March 18th, 2020, deadline, following this procedure:

  1. Transfer your film (in correct format) to a USB key
  2. In a document on the USB key, include:
    • The director’s name
    • The film title
    • A short (under 50 words) description of the film
  3. Bring the USB key to Morris 17

Registration Form (PDF)


In order to ensure that your film plays smoothly at the Gala screening, it is recommended that you use the following settings when exporting your film.

Recommended Settings

Codec: H.264
Frame rate: under 30 FPS
Bit rate: Under 20 megabits/second
Resolution: At most 1920 x 1080 px
File size: Max 2Gb

Exporting Instructions

FINAL CUT PRO Exporting Instructions:

  • Press “Cmd+E” to export your movie through Quicktime
  • Name the file and choose the Save Location
  • Select the Setting “HDV – 720p24″
  • Click SAVE

PREMIERE PRO Exporting Instructions:

  • Click “File>Export>Media”
  • Change the Format “Quicktime” to “H.264″
  • Select the Preset “Vimeo HD”
  • Name the file and click EXPORT

Questions about the competition should be directed to

BUFF 2019 Winners:

Best Narrative Film: In the Dark (Cécilia Alain)

Other nominees:

  • Baby Face (Theresa Graham and Jaimee Yates)
  • 25th Annual Wiener Gobble (Eric Saucke)
  • Deadly Behaviour (Marianne Champagne)

Best Non-Narrative Film: OrgBureau Transmission Artifact (Matthew E. Duffy)

Other nominees:

  • Play (Janan Chan)

Best Documentary: Phoenix (Daniel Tartour and William Babineau)

Best Technique: 25th Annual Wiener Gobble (Eric Saucke)

Other nominees:

  • The Trust (Adam Laberee)
  • Deadly Behaviour (Marianne Champagne)
  • Alone (Nicolas Fredette)

Best Actor: Marianne Champagne in Deadly Behaviour (Marianne Champagne)

Other nominees:

  • Holly Benison in Baby Face (Theresa Graham and Jaimee Yates)
  • Leanie Gourdeau in Are You Alone? (Leanie Gourdeau and Matthieu Cote)
  • Jason “Buyin” Celin in 25th Annual Wiener Gobble (Eric Saucke)

Audience Choice: Alone (Nicolas Fredette)

Other nominees:

  • Baby Face (Theresa Graham and Jaimee Yates)
  • The Interrogation (Thomas Watson)
  • 25th Annual Wiener Gobble (Eric Saucke)

The BUFF Organizing Committee congratulates the winners and heartily thanks all of those filmmakers who contributed to this event. Thanks also to our generous sponsor.



youTube-color   You can see the films for yourself on YouTube.

Facebook icon   You can see photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Don’t be left out of this event in the future. We invite all Bishop’s students, in any program, to consider making a film for this year’s BUFF.