LONDON LIVE ACQUIRES FILMS FROM THE BRITISH URBAN FILM FESTIVAL

London, 15th July 2015 – London Live, the capital’s TV channel has today announced that it has acquired three feature films and one short film from the British Urban Film Festival, which it will premiere in August 2015 as part of their Independent Film Season for their London Film House strand.

The Independent season kicks off with Barry Derbyshire’s Latvia, a film about love and guns that is set in London, which tells the story of two young men and the greed and violence that corrupts their childhood friendship (TX 20th August, 12.45AM).

Followed by David Campion’s Woodfalls, which follows a family of travellers who move to a rural town and conflict ensues amongst the locals. Stigmatised as ‘gypsies’, they are not welcomed into the community (21st August, 12.30AM).

And Anthony Abuah’s, Woolwich Boys which is based on a young man called Wale who has just arrived in the UK from Nigeria. Struggling to pay his university tuition, he is soon enticed into a life of ‘419’ fraud crime and is lured into the criminal underworld of Woolwich’s Nigerian community (22nd August 12.00AM).

Finally a short film entitled Sea Change which is about an English teacher at a special needs school who is is in despair. Always wanted to make a difference, at the end of her last day, locked in the school an encounter with a mysterious stranger gives her the opportunity to review her life (TX TBC).

The partnership will also include marketing and PR support in the lead up and throughout the Independent film season and will include cross promotional trailers to run across TV, online and during the 10th anniversary film festival held in September.

Lucy Myers, Programme Director for London Live said ““We are thrilled to have partnered with BUFF to bring exclusive UK Premiere content to London audiences. As a festival which showcases and celebrates upcoming talent, this is a natural partnership for London Live. Airing as part of our highly successful London Film House strand, we are sure our viewers will enjoy these ground breaking titles, and possibly even spot a star director of the future!”

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, Director of the British Urban Film Festival, said “Since 2012, the British Urban Film Festival has seen over 20 of its’ festival films make it onto free-to-air television, ensuring that the largest audience possible gets to see the diversity of talent which remains abundant in the UK. We’re delighted that our newest broadcast partners at London Live will continue to ensure that filmmakers are presented with the biggest window possible to showcase their work”.

The London Film House: Independent Season kicks off from 20th August
Freeview 8, YouView 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159
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For further information please contact:
London Live PR Manager, Natalie Petrou
E: natalie.petrou@londonlive.co.uk T: 020 3615 1132

About London Live
London Live is London’s first TV channel, offering Londoners the latest in arts, news, current affairs and events. London Live launched 31st March 2014 and has delivered over 1800 hours of News and Current Affairs and 1000 hours of first run programming to date. It is on Freeview 8, YouView 8, Sky 117 and Virgin 159. London Live is owned by ESTV which is 100% owned by Lebedev Holdings.

About the British Urban Film Festival
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.