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

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BUFF – The model for diversity

Our constant goal is to foster a utopian vision for cinema and to share that vision abundantly with the world every day. This goal is achieved by creating and facilitating platforms that can be consumed by people anytime and anywhere who are passionate about the business of storytelling.

People tell each other (and themselves) stories every single day.
 
Since its’ inception in the 1890’s, cinema remains the most powerful platform to see these stories unfold before our very eyes. The most celebrated and the best stories are the ones that stay in our hearts long after the story is over.
 
This is how memories are made and it’s what we do here at BUFF for a living.
 
Long before the world started concentrating their thoughts on diversity, BUFF has been the vision of Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe who gave birth to it in July 2005. And from day 1, his objective has been to work outside the box – to transcend differences in an ever-changing world and to make memories that people can take away with them forever. Today, his objective remains our objective – and we’ll work with anybody to help achieve our constant goal.

 

So that’s the model for diversity – here’s the track record:

Established in London, England as a Black and Minority Ethnic organisation (B.A.M.E) the British Urban Film Festival (B.U.F.F) has a track record unrivalled by any other organisation in the UK.

In April 2012, the British Urban Film Festival was the first film festival in the UK to facilitate its’ own festival content on the BBC i-player (in conjunction with Community Channel).

In August 2014, the British Urban Film Festival (in conjunction with Channel 4) facilitated its’ own festival content which was broadcast free-to-air across the UK.

In September 2015, the British Urban Film Festival launched its’ own awards and honours system to celebrate writers, producers, directors, actors and actresses whose work has been celebrated by the film festival.

In November 2015, 10 years after creating the British Urban Film Festival, Emmanuel was honoured for his work by Creativity Hub Magazine (C-Hub Magazine). At the age of 36, he received an icon recognition award for services to film exhibition.

In May 2016, 11 years after creating the British Urban Film Festival, Emmanuel’s festival was recognised by Metro.co.uk as the leading film festival for diversity in the world – coming top in a list of global film festivals to attend.

Also in 2016, Emmanuel passed the baton and appointed Addie Akinrinade to become the 2nd festival director in BUFF history. It was also the year that the BUFF Awards was sponsored by BBC Films and Trace Urban, two of the world’s most respected film and television brands.

With every passing year, our big goals remain centred around our constant goal. To all those who participate in BUFF and to all who have participated in BUFF past and present, may the force be with you.

If it’s diversity that you’re after, there’s only 1 destination.

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Addie Akinrinade

 BUFF Festival Director 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, Sponsorship and BUFF Awards. Founder of JoClarePR and Multi-awarded Premae Skincare.

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Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

BUFF Founder & President. 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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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

Team

 

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Jo Eluka

 Newly appointed Festival Presenter and Talent correspondent. Co-founder of JoClarePR

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Michael Oluborode

Festival Talent Manager since 2016. Managing Publicist at JoClarePR

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Nkechi Abani

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

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Semaicy Crabbe

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

Patrons

 

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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’. 

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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.

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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). 

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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’, ‘No Problem’, ‘Extras’, ‘Derek’, and ‘The Real McCoy’. Currently in production on Amma Asante’s next movie ‘Where Hands Touch’.

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Arnold Oceng

Arnold is a familiar face to BUFF and to UK audiences with a list of credits including ‘Grange Hill’, ‘Adulthood’, ‘4.3.2.1’, ‘Victim’, ‘Top Boy’, ‘My Brother The Devil’, ‘The Knot’, ‘The Good Lie’, ‘Brotherhood’ & ‘A United Kingdom’.   

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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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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.

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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’, ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘Brotherhood’. Future projects include a biopic on Alexander Mcqueen (starring Jack O’Connell). 

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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”. Donna is a BUFF 2017 Script Judge for the 2nd year running.

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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’, ‘The Intent’ and ITV2 comedy ‘Dropperz’.

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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).

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Mo Ali

Film and Music Video director with a list of movie credits including ‘Shank’ and BUFF 2016 nominated feature ‘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). Sue hosted the first ever BUFF Patrons Gala in 2016 for ‘A United Kingdom’.

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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’.