Officially, the leading film festival for diversity in the world (Metro.co.uk, May 2016)
BUFF is widely regarded as the home of urban film coverage in the UK and our continued work with filmmakers and scriptwriters will help consolidate our reputation and open up more frontiers for audiences, sponsors and other stakeholders.
Many of the UK’s leading actors and actresses have starred, written, produced and directed films shown at the British Urban Film Festival including Chiwetel Ejiofor (‘Slapper’), Jimmy Akingbola (‘Ambition to Live’ & ‘Glimpse’), Sadie Frost (Fortune’s Smile), Clint Dyer (‘SUS’), Ashley Walters (‘Showdown’), David Essex (‘Traveller’), Aml Ameen (‘Special Delivery’/’Drink, Drugs & KFC’/’12 – the damaged race’/’Hoorah’) and Noel Clarke (‘Adulthood’ & ‘Huge’).
In January 2013 The British Urban Film Festival (in conjunction with Community Channel) became the first film festival in the UK to have its film selections featured for broadcast on the BBC i-player.
In August 2014, Channel 4 transmitted 2 short films shortlisted by the British Urban Film Festival as part of its current non-exclusive broadcast deal (watched by 120,000 viewers). In April 2015 it was announced that the first ever British Urban Film Festival awards (supported by Channel 4) will take place in September. In July 2015 it was announced that London Live will become the new and exclusive home of BUFF film coverage until the autumn of 2017. This was renewed for a further year, running through to the spring of 2018.
Newly appointed BUFF Festival Director June 2016, previously BUFF Floor manager 2013/4 and Cans Luton Festival Co-ordinator 2015/16
Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe
BUFF COO, Head of Marketing and Strategy. Founder of JoClarePR and Multi-awarded Premae Skincare. Featured by Forbes.
BUFF Founder & CEO. Recipient of Media Icon Special Recognition Award from C-hub Magazine in November 2015 for outstanding contribution to diverse film exhibition.
Johanna Von Fischer
BUFF Awards adviser, previously co-director of BIFA (British Independent Film Awards)
Head of Video production at BUFF. Previous clients incl. London Olympic Basketball
Newly appointed Festival Co-ordinator, joined BUFF in 2014 as a runner.
Official BUFF photographer, joined 2015. Specialises in corporate functions.
Newly appointed Festival Co-ordinator. Joined BUFF in 2015 as a runner.
Film and TV actor originally from Luton who recently featured in BBC 1 drama ‘Doctors’ and has also played feature roles in the award winning ‘Drink, Drugs & KFC’ and Channel 4 soap ‘Hollyoaks’.
BAFTA award winning actor, writer and director with a list of credits including ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’, ‘Payback Season’, ‘Anuvahood’, Channel 4 series ‘Babylon’ and ‘To Dream’ 2016.
Alexandra Gray is an actress and writer, known for Charlie Boy (2013), BUFF Live script director 2015.
Award winning director/film and TV actor, who recently starred in Netflix drama ‘Sense8’, and has also featured in films including ‘The Maze Runner’, ‘Kidulthood’ and ‘The Butler’.
Writer of stage and screen best known for web-series/Sky Living romantic drama ‘Venus vs Mars’ and ‘Bag Ladies’. Baby is a BUFF 2016 Script Judge.
BAFTA award winning film and TV producer with a list of credits including ‘Desmond’s’, ‘Chef!’, ‘A Way of Life’, ‘Life’s Too Short’, ‘Cemetery Junction’, ‘No Problem’, ‘Extras’, ‘Derek’, ‘The Real McCoy’ and ‘Pompidou’.
Award winning actor and writer/producer/director of stage and screen with a list of credits including ‘Sus – the movie’, ‘Montana’, ‘Cherps’, ‘Fallout’ and ‘The Big Life’. Was recently seen in The National Theatre’s production of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’.’
BAFTA award winning film producer with a list of credits including ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’, ‘Gridlock’d , ‘Belle’ and ‘The Iron Lady’.
Donna Marie Dowe
Donna Marie Dowe is a script writer and filmmaker with her own script consultancy business, “Turn a New Page”
Actor, writer and director. Co-founder of production company Purple Geko and online chat show ‘Cut the chat’. List of credits include ‘It’s a lot’, ‘Fresh off da boat’, ‘Venus vs Mars’, ‘The Intent’.
Actress, writer and director with a list of credits including ‘West 10’, ‘The Key’, ‘Zion’ & ‘Double Cross’.
Film Editor for Metro Newspaper and regular pundit on Sky News and BBC Radio 4
Stand up comedian and actor best known for roles in ‘Woolwich Boys’, ‘Urban Rhythm’ and ‘Love Actually’.
Film and Music Video director with a list of movie credits including ‘Shank’ and ‘Montana’
Former Diversity manager at the BBC who has also worked for Channel 4, BskyB & The Big Issue. List of credits include ‘Urbanrites’ (commissioned by LWT, a former ITV network franchise).