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Critics Prizes at the festivals of Cottbus, Thessaloniki, Geneva, Leipzig, Vienna

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Cottbus (Germany, Festival of East European Cinema, November 6-11, 2012). Prize: "Kolka Cool" (Kolka Cool) by Juris Poskus (Latvia, 2011), shown in the feature film competition. Motivation: "The FIPRESCI award goes to "Kolka Cool" for its poetic portrait of the ennui of young people in provincial Latvia." Jury: Alison Frank, UK ("The Moving Arts Film Journal"), Tomislav Sakic, Croatia ("Hrvatski Filmski Ljetopis"), Jennifer Borrmann, Germany (&...

BUFF BLOG (MAY 2012)

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The much maligned profile of Black British actresses has been well documented on this blog over the past 18 months and most recently in the London Evening Standard with the forthcoming feel-good flick ‘Fast Girls’ and the supposed significance of Leonora Crichlow playing the lead role in a British film. On such matters is primarily where Twitter comes into its own as a live news editor run by the public. It doesn’t take long before feedback is immediate and corrected (many thanks to @ECF...

The BUFF Blog (April 2012)

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Traditionally in the UK, the most-watched programmes on television are always scheduled on a Saturday night. The last few years have seen a more aggressive approach to win hearts and minds with the UK’s 2 biggest broadcasters (BBC & ITV) going head-to-head and scheduling their ‘MUST-SEE’ programmes against each other. In the last 6 months alone, Strictly Come Dancing was beating The X Factor when previously the ITV juggernaut was winning hand over fist. On ...

Naachle London - the UK Bollywood Film of 2011!

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The soundtrack of this Hindi film from UK production company Aviary Films is releasing in the UK today. Aviary and PVR aim to release the film in the UK and India in late January 2012.USP of the FilmArguably the first Hindi language film set for a mainstream Bollywood release that was created entirely in the UK. The script-writers, the music composer, the lyricist, the singers, the dancers, the actors, the crew, the cinematographer, the editor - everyone was UK based.Genre and Log-lineThis is a ...

The BUFF Blog (June 2011)

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Online, on-air and in person, this is BUFF. And so said the voice of BUFF which greeted the masses of online followers with the May 31 announcement of this year’s opening feature. And though the dulcet tones of Ewan Allinson and DJ Elayne Smith will continue to form a cornerstone of the BUFF movement, things are going to be a little bit different round here. From September, the 2011 British Urban Film Festival will be coming at ya with a whole new look which means, finally, that the buffest fi...

Not to be missed: night screenings on the beach - le Cinéma de la Plage

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REFLETS SUR LA CROISETTE Showing every night, (free access) films will screen next to the Majestic Beach staring at 9.30 pm, with chairs and blankets... Before each film, a screening of short films directed by Isabelle Putod, based on the famous François Chalais TV shows. Herewith the program! Thursday May 12th at 9:30pm 100 000 DOLLARS AU SOLEIL (Greed in the sun) A film by Henri Verneuil (France, 1965, 125'). Digital restauration by André Labbouz. Friday May 13th at 9:...

Irish Film & Television Awards Celebrations

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  Pierce Brosnan, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson, Kim Cattrall and Joely Richardson Join Irish Film & Television Awards Celebrations The Irish film and television industry celebrated its 8th Annual Irish Film & Television Awards at a gala ceremony held in Dublin's spectacular Convention Centre on Saturday 12th February. In what was a glittering night for the Irish film and television industry the IFTA Awards saw a host of filmmakers, actors and producers walking the red ...

BUFF 2010

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The British Urban Film Festival 2010 4th, 5th, 6th September  For immediate release Chairman's formal announcement The British Urban Film Festival returns. The annual 3-day event which is free to all ages kicks off on Saturday 4th September at Tottenham’s Bernie Grant Arts Centre – named after the black Labour politician who was MP for the area for over a decade. The stage play-turned-movie “Sus”, starring Clint Dyer, Rafe Spall & Ralph Brown, will be screened on the opening nig...

The British Urban Film Festival - August Blog

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Who would be a film festival director ey? It was always going to be a chaotic period once the deadline for submissions closed on Sunday July 25 at midnight. It was even extended to 5pm the next day. Add to that filming with Lateef Lovejoy for the festival and the debut of ‘Buff on Tour’ in Cricklewood at 7.30pm the next day also - and the phrase ‘killing hours’ comes to mind, a phrase which embodies the amount of energy being exhausted – and shared in equal measure by this year's fes...

The Office Orphan

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Director: David Lilley.
In today’s economic climate, working late and cutbacks are part of normal life. Two executives are feeling the pinch and whilst working late it becomes clear just how far those cutbacks have gone. Loonatik and Drinks present ‘The Office Orphan’, a funny and satirical take on the recession and the lengths that some businessmen will go to in order to save money.

The 2010 British Urban Film Festival - May Blog

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With the election imminent, it is widely assumed that out of the 650 odd MP’s who represent their various constituencies up and down the UK, half of them will have to find new employment after the electorate have had their say. There will be a fair few MP’s doing their utmost to hold on to their jobs, those who are not tainted by the expenses affair to name but 1 plague on all the MP’s houses (in some cases, literally). And whilst issues such as housing, immigration, jobs and the economy...

Buff Blogcast - April 2010

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British urban film is a new genre and everyone’s excited by what’s happening in urban music. It’s been a great year and there’s that same sense of excitement in film – it’s our time. And whilst one is always looking for that opportunity to blow its’ own trumpet, those opening remarks were quoted by Mo Ali, the director of recently released Shank, the futuristic drama starring Adam Deacon (Adulthood), Ashley Thomas (aka Bashy) and Kaya Scodelario (Skins). Recent Buff blogcasts have ...

Veteran British Star of Stage and Screen Celebrates Over 50 Years in Showbiz.

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 ‘All round entertainer’ is a term that’s perhaps overused these days. Yet British screen veteran Stan Stennett MBE can rightly justify the claim to this title. Patric Morgan caught up with the man who is still performing after 50 years in showbiz.  Stan Stennett, star of stage and screen, pulls open one of the filing cabinets in his office.   “Where do you want to start?”   Well where do you start? The scrapbooks start at ‘early 1950s’ and span over half a cen...

Sophie Okonedo (“Hotel Rwanda,” “Skin,”) will be honored with the Bahamas Int’l Film Festival’s 2009 Rising Star

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that Academy Award® nominee Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda," "Skin,") will be honored with BIFF's 2009 Rising Star Tribute. The announcement was made by BIFF Founder & Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool.   The Festival's prestigious Rising Star Award is given to an actor or actress whose noteworthy performances have put them on the path for elite and lasting stardom in the industry. Sophie Okon...

In Search of the Messiah

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Director: Tim Meara.
On the ribs of the oldest surviving Cello made around fifteen thirty eight its maker inscribed the words “Justice” and “Piety”, yet beneath its civilized surface the world of rare string instruments is a realm of undisclosed alliances, fierce rivalries and denigrating whispers; it’s history of fraud and fakery dates almost to the inception of the violin itself… The title of the documentary is inspired by the most perfectly preserved Stradivari violin in existence: The Messiah, which is displayed in a glass case at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and was donated with the condition that it must never be played again. This film explores a rare and exclusive world. Owning one of Stradivari’s instruments now equates to great power and influence in the Music World. These instruments are so valuable that they are well beyond the capability of even the most famous musicians to own. Yet they have the unique capacity to produce sound so intensely beautiful and powerful that 350 years after their creation they remain one of the only objects in our cultural history to be unrivalled by anything modern technology and science can produce. What right, if any, will musicians have to play these unique instruments in the future? The film follows the Brit award winning violinist Ruth Palmer as she circumnavigates the globe in search of an instrument to play, and we hear the magic of Stradivari in the hands of the world’s greatest musicians including: Joshua Bell, James Ehnes, Heinrich Schiff, Natalie Clein and Steven Isserlis.

Jackson Hole Film Competition All Category Finalists Announced

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is pleased to announce the final selection of film finalists for its 2009 competition. This year's Festival competition included over 400 films from more than 25 countries in 750 category entries-a record number of submissions. More than 60 judges from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa participated in the preliminary selections, with craft categories judged by peer juries and children's groups participating in judging the Best Children's Program. Co...

Jackson Hole Film Competition Finalists Announced

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is pleased to announce the selection of film finalists for its 2009 competition. Judges from around the world representing the Festival's Board of Directors viewed 425 films entered into some 750 categories from more than 25 countries, for a record number of submissions.            Considered the highest honor of the "nature and environment" genre, the 2009 award winners will be selected during the media industry confere...

Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival unveils program

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The 11th Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival unveils a packed programme of films, fun and activities from 25 June to 9 July at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. ICE AGE 3: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS FAMILY GALAFestival organisers have announced that the family gala at this year’s Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival is a preview screening of the summer blockbuster Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs. This much anticipated animation screens at the festival on Sunday 28 June and follows ...

Focal Awards announced

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FOCAL International the trade body representing the world’s footage archives, professional footage researchers, consultants and facility houses enjoyed an evening of glamour and celebration on 5th May at their 6th FOCAL International Awards in association with AP Archive at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Category winners represented the diversity of genres and platforms that contemporary archive and footage based productions span today; highlights included the BBC stealing the Award for Be...

Celtic Media Festival 2009

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Screen Machine on the way to the Maes!Picture caption: The Screen Machine Picture credit: Ewen WetherspoonCaernarfon’s newly revamped main square Y Maes is set to be transformed into a screening venue between 25-27 March 2009 as part of the 30th Celtic Media Festival’s community outreach programme.The Screen Machine is an articulated lorry which transforms into a luxury cinema with some clever rigging. Over the three days of the Celtic Media Festival, it will offer members of the public, sc...

10th BFM International Film Festival

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BFM International Film Festival, running from 7th to 17th November 2008, is the largest black world cinema event in the UK. The 10th Anniversary festival will take place at venues across London which include, the BFI Southbank, the British Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Rich Mix and Bernie Grant Art’s Centre. This year’s festival takes a new direction, reflecting predominantly British work and a high proportion of UK premiers. The festival will also showcase films from across th...

Nobody’s Perfect, a new website fresource for film pros

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Get Connected, the charity that provides a helpline for young people, are launching Nobody’s Perfect, a new website for young writers, actors and directors to showcase their talents to professional writers, producers and directors. Young people between 16 and 25 can submit film, scripts and music to win the chance to produce six short films that address issues like self-harm, sexuality and bullying. Top British movie producer Nick O'Hagan (Fever Pitch, Tideland) is supporting Nobody's Perfect ...

speakers for The Media Festival

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Confirmed speakers for The Media Festival. As you can see, they represent the event's global outlook and pan-industry reach and with a packed two-day, dual-stream agenda planned for November, this is just the beginning. • Emily Bell, Director of Digital Content, Guardian News & Media • Rachael Castell, Interactive Producer, English National Opera • Michael Denny, Senior Vice President, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios - Europe • Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV...

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival awards

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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is pleased to announce the selection of film finalists for its 2007 competition. Over twenty Judges representing the Festival’s Board of Directors chose from 400 films entered into some 700 categories, an approximate 25% increase in submissions. Final judging will take place immediately prior to the Festival and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner Thursday, October 4th. All films entered into competition are eligible for the (Best of...

Satire On America's Obsession With Fame

Thursday, November 9-----In the satirical film sensation BORAT currently in theaters, America's obsession with fame and financial success is skewered to great effect. That is also the theme of the US/UK co-production TRUST ME, which has its World Premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Friday. The film, written and directed by actor-turned-director Andrew Kazamia, is a smart and funny look at the entertainment industry, politics and America's mania for celebrity. Risi...

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