Officially, the leading film festival for diversity in the world (Metro.co.uk, May 2016)

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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 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.
 
In May 2016, Metro.co.uk 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. 

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Addie Akinrinade

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

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Dr Clare Anyiam-Osigwe

BUFF COO, Head of Marketing and Strategy. Founder of JoClarePR and Multi-awarded Premae Skincare. Featured by Forbes.

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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.    

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Johanna Von Fischer

BUFF Awards adviser, previously co-director of BIFA (British Independent Film Awards)

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Aaron Fontaine

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’. 

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Adam Deacon

BAFTA award winning actor, writer and director with a list of credits including ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’, ‘Payback Season’, ‘Anuvahood’ and Channel 4 series ‘Babylon’. 

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Aml Ameen

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’. 

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Baby Isako

Writer of stage and screen best known for web-series/Sky Living romantic drama ‘Venus vs Mars’ and ‘Bag Ladies’. 

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Charlie Hanson

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’.

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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’.’

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Damian Jones

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’. 

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Donna Marie Dowe

Donna Marie Dowe is a script writer and filmmaker with her own script consultancy business, “Turn a New Page”

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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’, ‘Kidulthood’ and ‘Adulthood’.

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Kyla Frye

Actress, writer and director with a list of credits including ‘West 10’, ‘The Key’, ‘Zion’ & ‘Double Cross’.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh

Film Editor for Metro Newspaper and regular pundit on Sky News and BBC Radio 4

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Lateef Lovejoy

Stand up comedian and actor best known for roles in ‘Woolwich Boys’, ‘Urban Rhythm’ and ‘Love Actually’.

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Mo Ali

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

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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).

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Alex Gray

Alexandra Gray is an actress and writer, known for Charlie Boy (2013), My Grandad Says He’s Building a Spaceship in His Shed (2010) and Peppermint ( 2013). Alex will be directing and casting the Ch4 BUFF Live Script Readings and judging the 3 award winners for 2016.

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Lisa Walters

Lisa is Programme Co-ordinator, Development, for Channel 4 Drama. 

Lisa has been a BUFF Script Judge since 2015.