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'Emerging Talent' shortlist for The BUFF Awards 2016 announced

Winner to be announced at the BUFF Awards ceremony on 18 September. Laya Lewis, Abrantee Boateng, Johnny Sachon and Joseph Marshall have been shortlisted for the British Urban Film Festival Best Emerging Talent Award, sponsored by BBC Films. The award, celebrating the work of emerging talent in urban independent film, is in its’ second year having been won in 2015 by writer/director Vicki Kisner. This year’s winner will be announced on 18 September at Lo...

British Urban Film Festival unveils 2016 lineup

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The 7-day event features its’ biggest ever line-up of selections with 43 screenings.   BUFF 2016 begins on Wednesday 14 September with the World Premiere of “To Dream” (starring Adam Deacon, Diana Vickers, Ed Hayter & Freddie Thorp) at Odeon Camden Town, directed by newcomer Nicole Albarelli. Other highlights include: The 2nd annual British Urban Film Festival awards from Hilton London Tower Bridge on Sunday 18 September hosted by Adam Deacon & Femi Oyeniran wit...

BBC Films on board for the BUFF Awards 2016

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  British Urban Film Festival (BUFF), the leading BAME film festival in the UK, today announce BBC Films is set to sponsor its showpiece film awards in September.    The deal marks the first time that the two organisations have worked together. Previously, the festival has had on-air partnerships with Channel 4, London Live (ESTV), Community Channel (Media Trust) and Showcase TV on Sky. The second annual British Urban Film Festival awards will take place at Hilton Tower Bridge ...

'To Dream' to open 2016 British Urban Film Festival

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To Dream - the London based drama from Anomaly Cinema is to open this year's British Urban Film Festival (14-20 Sep).   Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp star as two self-destructive teenagers who won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan, but when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever.   Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and previous X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers a...

British Urban Film Festival tunes in with Colourful Radio Broadcast Deal

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Colourful Radio has signed a deal with the British Urban Film Festival to broadcast live and exclusive coverage of BUFF's flagship events from the headquarters of Channel 4. Voted by the public as “Best Radio Station” at the 2015 Urban Music Awards, Colourful Radio will be sending a team of presenters to Channel 4’s headquarters in Westminster, the host venue for BUFF media day on Thursday 21 July. From there, the station will broadcast live coverage of the BUFF 2016 p...

Adam Deacon & Femi Oyeniran to Host 2016 British Urban Film Festival Awards‏

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London, 16 May 2016:  The British Urban Film Festival has today announced that Adam Deacon and Femi Oyeniran will host the British Urban Film Festival Awards on 18 September 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in London's Tower Bridge. It will be the 1st time that Hilton Hotels are hosting the ceremony. It will also mark the presenting debuts of Deacon and Oyeniran. They are also BUFF film festival patrons. Adam Deacon said: "I'm looking forward to being part of this year's BUFF Awa...

Wil Johnson to be honoured with British Urban Film Festival award‏

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      London, 9 May 2016: The British Urban Film Festival will hon...

BRITISH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 DATES‏

The British Urban Film Festival has announced its 2016 dates in the UK’s Autumn festival event calendar.   The 11th edition of the UK’s leading BAME film festival will return on September 14-20. The festival will move from the Genesis Cinema in east London, which hosted the last three editions from 2013 to 2015, to the Odeon cinemas in Camden Town and Swiss Cottage. The festival recently signed a multi-year deal to screen films with the multiplex chain. The f...

British Urban Film Festival appoints Adeyinka Akinrinade as new festival director

  With a CV including 2 stints at the Cans Short Film Festival in Luton, Akinrinade will oversee the day-to-day running of the annual BUFF showpiece. ...

British Urban Film Festival Awards to be broadcast on Showcase TV

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• First ever BUFF awards to be shown free-to-air on Sky, Freeview & Freesat • Illusions Cosmetics to sponsor 60 minute highlights package on Wednesday 27 January • Richard Pryor tribute forms centrepiece of ceremony from London's Cinema Museum     The 2015 British Urban Film Festival awards will be broadcast for the first time in January as part of a new deal agreed with free-to-air broadcaster Showcase Television. Highlights coverage will be sponsored by ma...

2016 British Urban Film Festival - call for submissions

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The 11th British Urban Film Festival has started its’ search for films and scripts in earnest with the countdown to the 2016 British Urban Film Festival already in full swing.   Submission Guidelines:   Scripts: must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 60. Drama/Documentary Films: must be no less than 40 minutes and no more than 120. Short Films must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 40. Stand-up sketch videos can only...

2015 British Urban Film Festival Schedule Announced

6-day event features 27 screenings and 4 UK Premieres          BUFF 2015 begins on Wednesday 16 September with the pre-festival party at The W Hotel in Leicester Square.          The first ever BUFF awards from The Cinema Museum in Kennington on Thursday 17 September hosted by DJ Abrantee (Capital Xtra) & Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro).          Opening Night ...

First ever Channel 4 British Urban Film Festival awards to take place in September

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WATCH PROMO HERE: The first ever British Urban Film Festival awards (supported by Channel 4) will take place in London's West End on 17 September, to mark the start of its' annual film festival which this year celebrates 10 years of urban independent film coverage.   The ceremony, to be hosted by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe & Metro film editor Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, will award prizes to filmmakers and scriptwriters whose films have...

British Urban Film Festival announces Spring Season 2015 line-up

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BUFF unveils bank holiday weekend line-up of programming starting May 1st.   The British Urban Film Festival looks ahead to Spring Season 2015 with the announcement of a stellar line-up of cinema and television premieres for audiences to enjoy during the May bank holiday weekend.   BUFF will show two nights of cinema premieres at Genesis Cinema in Mile End Road starting from Friday 1st of May followed by a Sunday night TV premiere on Co...

Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan & Marlon Smith announced as British Urban Film Festival script judges

    The British Urban Film Festival can reveal today that Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith have been unveiled as script judges for this year’s live script reading competition. The climax will take place once again at Channel 4 headquarters on Friday 18 September as part of BUFF 2015.   Daniel and Marlon will be presiding over this year’s competition entries (together with the writer & director Julius Ame...

Film Producer Damian Jones joins board of British Urban Film Festival

With preparations for this year’s 10th anniversary already in full swing, organisers of the British Urban Film Festival have today announced the star signing of film producer Damian Jones to the board. Jones is a BAFTA-winning producer and has produced over twenty feature films including Adulthood, The History Boys, Welcome to Sarajevo, Gridlock’d, Millions, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, The Iron Lady, Fast Girls, Powder Room and Belle. Jones is currently pro...

SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR BUFF 2015

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Submissions are now open for BUFF 2015.   The 10th British Urban Film Festival has started it's search for films and scripts in earnest with the countdown to the 2015 British Urban Film Festival already in full swing. Submission Guidelines: Scripts:  must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 60. Films must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 120.   The early bird deadline for 2 submissions is 11.59pm, Friday 29th May 2015 (Fees are non-refu...

Landmark Mandela Documentary to Headline BUFF Africa Season Coverage in December

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Akua Gyamfi, editor of The British Blacklist has been announced as the host of this year’s inaugural BUFF Africa Season – sponsored by The Africa Channel. The season launches on The Africa Channel (Sky channel 209 and Virgin channel 289) on Friday 5 December with the UK television premiere of ‘Music for Mandela’ – a documentary which highlights the influential role music played in the battle against apartheid in South Africa. Interviewees include BB King, Sean Paul,...

Channel 4 pick 'Driftwood' and 'Sunny Boy' to receive network TV premieres

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The British Urban Film Festival can announce today that ‘Driftwood’ & ‘Sunny Boy’ have become the first festival selections to broadcast on network television as part of Channel 4’s short film strand The Shooting Gallery - showcasing brand new films from some of the UK’s best new film-making talent. ‘Driftwood’ (directed by James Webber) was shown as part of last year’s BUFF shorts UK showcase at Oxford House in London’s Bethna...

Seconds Out for the British Urban Film Festival Premiere of 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali'

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The British Urban Film Festival has scored a major coup in its coverage of the event after securing the UK festival rights to screen the premiere of critically-acclaimed documentary 'The Trials of Muhammad Ali' in the opening weekend of September. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, #TrialsOfAli examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience as he found himself at the centre of America'...

British Urban Film Festival signs new rights deals through to 2017

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The home of urban film coverage in the UK will continue to host its flagship event under a new rights deal which takes effect from July 2014 with the UK premiere of 'Music for Mandela' – marking the festival's return to free screenings for at least one day per year. BUFF will also screen 1 film season per year online, on-air and in cinemas having successfully launched the Spring Season in April 2013. The next season is scheduled for December 2014 with the launch of BUFF Africa ...

The #buffblog (May 2014)

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  On the 3rd of March 2013, it was reported in the Sunday Telegraph that Revolver, at one point the UK’s most prominent urban theatrical and home entertainment film distributor, had entered into administration. Commentators had cited that the West London outfit (established in 1997), which brought iLL Manors, Anuvahood and Exit Through the Giftshop (to name but 3) to the masses had failed to keep up with the cultural shift in how their content was being consumed and appreciated. A lo...

The #buffblog (April 2014)

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The Easter holidays. For many it will be one of the first dates in the diary to look out for at the start of the year when it comes to taking time out and getting away from the hustle. For most filmmakers (who are always on the hustle), it will also mean that the Cannes Film Festival is just weeks away. At last year’s event, there was only 1 British film in competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or and Un Certain Regard. Even then, it’s arguable whether a film directed by an A...

British Urban Film Festival unveils new line-up of script judges for #BUFF2014

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The British Urban Film Festival can announce today that the climax to this year’s live script reading competition will take place once again at Channel 4 headquarters on Thursday 4 September. The event will be presented by actress and TV presenter Shereen Miranda who presided over the inaugural event last year. The British Urban Film Festival can also announce the 5 script judges who will be presiding over this year’s competition entries from which 3 will be shortlisted. They are Fi...

British Urban Film Festival launches viral ad

#BUFF2014   The British Urban Film Festival has launched a new online advertising campaign with creative that parades the films, filmmakers, personalities and brand ambassadors who played their part in the biggest British Urban Film Festival to date. Watch the ad by clicking here: http://youtu.be/y2Old18UbDg   The ad, which aired December 25, features a montage of photographs scattered across the screen, each photograph having the hashtag #BUFF2013 to identify that photo’...
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