Officially, the leading film festival for diversity in the world (, May 2016)





Established in 2005, the British Urban Film Festival was initially formed to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK. Supported by a board which includes actors, journalists, film critics and filmmakers, BUFF stands out as the only festival of its kind with a triple offering of online, on-air and spectator platforms where filmmakers and scriptwriters are presented with the opportunity to have their work showcased to the largest audience reach possible. Our submissions process allows us to protect free attendance to the public for key festival events. Our connections with broadcasters and distributors mean that we can provide comprehensive PR strategies plus additional support for filmmakers and stakeholders who seek the profile needed to monetise their product. As a publisher-broadcaster our objective is to premiere a minimum of 25 films annually in the UK, celebrating difference and to champion, embrace, disrupt and accurately reflect the changing cultural mass and demographic make-up of the UK as expressed primarily through film.

BUFF is now officially the leading film festival for diversity in the world 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 Adam Deacon (‘To Dream’), Chiwetel Ejiofor (‘Slapper’), Jimmy Akingbola (‘Ambition to Live’ & ‘Glimpse’), Sadie Frost (Fortune’s Smile), Clint Dyer (‘SUS’), Ashley Walters (‘Showdown’), Chizzy Akudolu (‘5 Minutes’), David Essex (‘Traveller’), Femi Oyeniran (‘Fresh Off Da Boat’/’The Intent’), 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.
In April 2016, Addie Akinrinade was appointed as the 2nd festival director in BUFF history, succeeding Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe (the founder) who was at the helm for 10 years. 
In May 2016, ranked the British Urban Film Festival as the number one film festival for diversity to attend in the world in 2016, coming above the Urbanworld Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, The Hollywood Black Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival. 
In July 2016, BBC Films signed a deal with the British Urban Film Festival to sponsor the BUFF Awards in the Emerging Talent Category.
In August 2016, TRACE TV signed a deal to sponsor the BUFF Awards in the Best Feature Film Category. 



Addie Akinrinade

 BUFF Festival Director 2016, previously BUFF Floor manager 2013/4 and Cans Luton Festival Co-ordinator 2015/16


Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe

BUFF COO, Head of Marketing, Sponsorship and BUFF Awards. Founder of JoClarePR and Multi-awarded Premae Skincare.


Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

BUFF Founder & CEO. Recipient of Media Icon Special Recognition Award from C-hub Magazine in November 2015 for outstanding contribution to diverse film exhibition.    


Richard Adeshiyan

BUFF special adviser. Former Deputy Editor of The Voice, Weekly Journal and New Nation newspapers. Consulted on BET International, the RTS award-winning BBC TV Windrush documentaries, BBC 2’s Black Is the New Black 2016




Adrianne Mckenzie

Head of Video production at BUFF. Previous clients incl. London Olympic Basketball


Chanice Hird

 Newly appointed Festival Co-ordinator, joined BUFF in 2014 as a runner. 


Nkechi Abani

Official BUFF photographer, joined 2015. Specialises in corporate functions. 


Semaicy Crabbe

Newly appointed Festival Co-ordinator. Joined BUFF in 2015 as a runner.




Aaron Fontaine

Film and TV actor originally from Luton who has played feature roles in BBC 1 drama ‘Doctors’, the award winning ‘Drink, Drugs & KFC’, Channel 4 soap ‘Hollyoaks’ & ‘The Naked Poet’. 


Cass Pennant

Film producer. Credits incl. BUFF Awarded Short Film ‘Beverley’, ‘Casuals’ and ‘The Guv’nors’. A biopic of his life ‘Cass’ was released in 2008 starring Nonso Anozie.


Adam Deacon

BAFTA award winning actor, writer and director with a list of credits including ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’, ‘Payback Season’, ‘Anuvahood’, Channel 4 series ‘Babylon’, ‘Suspects’ (Channel 5), ‘Dropperz’ (ITV2) and ‘To Dream’ (BUFF 2016). 


Charlie Hanson

BAFTA award winning film and TV producer with a list of credits including ‘Desmond’s’, ‘Chef!’, ‘A Way of Life’, ‘No Problem’, ‘Extras’, ‘Derek’, and ‘The Real McCoy’. Currently in production on Amma Asante’s next movie ‘Where Hands Touch’.


Arnold Oceng

Arnold is a familiar face to BUFF and to UK audiences with a list of credits including ‘Grange Hill’, ‘Adulthood’, ‘’, ‘Victim’, ‘Top Boy’, ‘My Brother The Devil’, ‘The Knot’, ‘The Good Lie’, ‘Brotherhood’ & ‘A United Kingdom’.   


Clint Dyer

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’.’


Baby Isako

Writer of stage and screen best known for web-series/Sky Living romantic drama ‘Venus vs Mars’ and ‘Bag Ladies’. Baby is a BUFF 2017 Script Judge for the 2nd year running.


Damian Jones

BAFTA award winning film producer with a list of credits including ‘Dad’s Army’, ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’, ‘Gridlock’d , ‘Belle’, ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘Brotherhood’. Future projects include a biopic on Alexander Mcqueen (starring Jack O’Connell). 


Donna Marie Dowe

Donna Marie Dowe is a script writer and filmmaker with her own script consultancy business, “Turn a New Page”. Donna is a BUFF 2017 Script Judge for the 2nd year running.


Femi Oyeniran

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’ and ITV2 comedy ‘Dropperz’.


Jesse Quinones

Jesse Quinones is a producer and director, known for Calloused Hands (2013), Cold Calling (2008) and The Cable (2011). Calloused Hands landed Jesse 2 BUFF Awards in 2015 (Best Director and Best Film).


Kyla Frye

Actress, writer and director with a list of credits including ‘Double Cross’ (short), ‘West 10’, ‘The Key’, ‘Zion’, ‘The Naked Poet’ and ‘The Few’.


Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

Film Editor for Metro Newspaper and regular pundit on Sky News and BBC Radio 4. Larushka is the longest serving BUFF Patron (5th year) and has hosted the BUFF Awards 2015 and 2016.


Lateef Lovejoy

Stand up comedian and actor best known for roles in ‘Woolwich Boys’, ‘Urban Rhythm’ and ‘Love Actually’. Lateef is currently the face of the ITV Hub media campaign.


Michelle Blake

Michelle is a Business Exec at BBC Studios. Also a short film producer, script reader and emerging screenwriter, passionate about bold storytelling and filmmaking. Michelle is a NEW Script judge for BUFF 2017. 


Mo Ali

Film and Music Video director with a list of movie credits including ‘Shank’ and BUFF 2016 nominated feature ‘Montana’ 


Sue Caro

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). Sue hosted the first ever BUFF Patrons Gala in 2016 for ‘A United Kingdom’.


Wil Johnson

Wil is the recipient of the 2016 BUFF Honorary Award. His distinguished 32 year career includes roles in ‘Adulthood’, ‘Anuvahood’, the BBC’s ‘Waking the Dead’ + ‘Babyfather’ & ITV’s ‘Emmerdale’.