Submissions now open for the British Urban Film Festival. Join the #RaceToBUFF2017 today!

Submissions are now open for BUFF 2017

  1. Please upload your script / short/ feature 


2. Send to:

3. Pay fee: £50 per entry. 

Your entry will not be officially accepted until payment is received. 


You will receive an email once we have your file(s) and payment.


Terms and conditions:


The early bird deadline for submissions is 11.59pm, Friday 5 May 2017.

•Submission fees are non-refundable at £17 per entry.

•Submission fees for scripts and films will rise to £50 from Saturday 6 May 2017. 

•The final deadline for submissions is 17.00pm, Monday 5 June 2017.

•Scripts: must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 60.

•Drama/Documentary Films: must be no less than 40 minutes and no more than 120.

Short Films and/or Webisodes must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 40.

All Music, Spoken Word, Dance & Moving Image videos must be no less than 3 minutes

•All submissions must comply with the festival’s no discount/no waivers policy.

Non-UK submissions are permissible though if you are selected for the festival, any ‘travel to attend’ costs or shipping costs will not be incurred by BUFF.

•Films & trailers can only be submitted via wetransfer to 


•EPK’s must include 5 publicity stills (film submissions only), a 50 word synopsis and a cover letter with at least 1 Twitter Handle or Instagram Handle.

•Scripts can only be submitted via wetransfer to 


Only shortlisted submissions will receive further emails or phone calls from the BUFF board after the final submission deadline passes. 

All shortlisted submissions must comply with the festival’s screening embargo guarantee. This means that from 29 June, the film cannot be screened online, on-air, digitally or on site at any UK film/arts outlet for a minimum period of 3 months.

DVD masters, 30″ x 40″ quad posters and DCP’s will be requested if film submissions make the festival shortlist.

All shortlisted 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 its’ affiliates. 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.