Submissions are now closed for this year’s British Urban Film Festival. This year’s selections will be announced on Thursday 29 June.

Filmmakers and scriptwriters who have officially entered a submission between 1st November 2016 and 5th June 2017,  please refer to the following guidelines below.


Only shortlisted submissions will receive further emails or phone calls from the festival director after selections are announced on 29 June. Unsuccessful submissions will not be notified.

All shortlisted submissions must comply with the festival’s screening embargo guarantee. This means that from 29 June – 12 September, the film cannot be screened online, on-air, digitally or on any other theatrical platform in the UK.

Blu-Ray DVD masters, 5 publicity stills, an official trailer + 50 word synopsis will be required if film submissions make the festival shortlist.

A final shortlist of 3 scripts will be eligible to receive a British Urban Film Festival award in 2017.

All shortlisted films will pre-qualify for eligibility to win a British Urban Film Festival award in 2018. 

Not all shortlisted films will be nominated.

All shortlisted films will be considered for theatrical distribution in sole conjunction with BUFF and  BT TV. Previous BUFF film selections can currently be seen on London Live until Spring 2018 (courtesy of AAA Film & TV).      

PLEASE NOTE: All films which were shown at the 2016 British Urban Film Festival have pre-qualified for eligibility to win a BUFF Award in 2017. Not all films, filmmakers, actors & actresses will be nominated.