q: when will I be notified if my film has been officially selected?
BUFF 2021 NOTIFICATIONS: MONDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2021
q: what is the official festival dates for BUFF 2021?
2021 FESTIVAL DATES: *29 NOVEMBER – 13 DECEMBER (*subject to change)
q: how much are the fees?
2021 SUBMISSION FEES
£99 until 28 MARCH
£109 until 28 JUNE
q: does BUFF grant waivers?
DO NOT ASK FOR A WAIVER. WE TREAT ALL CREATIVES EQUALLY.
q: what formats does BUFF accept?
ALL FILM GENRES AND STYLES ARE ACCEPTED VIA WETRANSFER, DROPBOX OR GOOGLE DRIVE TO SUBMIT@BUFFESTIVAL.COM
EPK’S MUST INCLUDE AN MP4 TRAILER, DIGITAL FILM POSTER, DIRECTOR PROFILE PICTURE, 3 OFFICIAL FILM STILLS, SYNOPSIS, CREDITS, TWITTER AND/OR INSTAGRAM PROFILES)
SCRIPTS: MUST BE NO LESS THAN 20 PAGES AND NO MORE THAN 90.
DRAMA/DOCUMENTARY FILMS: MUST BE NO LESS THAN 40 MINUTES AND NO MORE THAN 120.
SHORT FILMS/WEBISODES MUST BE NO LESS THAN 3 MINUTES AND NO MORE THAN 60.
ALL MUSIC, SPOKEN WORD, DANCE & MOVING IMAGE VIDEOS MUST BE NO LESS THAN 3 MINUTES.
MP4 FILES, MOV FILES, PRO RES HQ 422 FILES, 16″9 DIGITAL POSTERS & 2″3 DIGITAL POSTERS WILL BE REQUESTED IF SUBMISSIONS MAKE THE SHORTLIST.
q: what happens once my film or script is officially selected?
IF YOUR SUBMISSION GETS SELECTED…
Only shortlisted submissions will receive further emails, social media messages or telephone calls/text messages from the BUFF submissions team after the final submission deadline passes. Correspondence will commence from early Autumn 2021 onwards.
All shortlisted films will be eligible to win a British Urban Film Festival short film/feature film award in 2021.
All shortlisted films will be considered for theatrical distribution through our industry partners.
All British short films accepted into the 2021 British Urban Film Festival are eligible to be entered into the 2022 BAFTA film awards. BUFF is a Section B qualifying festival, meaning that your film must be selected to screen at another Section B qualifying festival before you can enter your film to BAFTA.
All British films accepted into the 2021 British Urban Film Festival are eligible to be entered into the 2021 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA).
All films accepted into the 2021 British Urban Film Festival will be in contention for an African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) in 2021 (subject to eligibility). BUFF will submit official selections from filmmakers of African origin and non-Africans who have contributed to the African film industry.
The final shortlist of 3 scripts (in addition to receiving a British Urban Film Festival award) will be considered for development through our industry partners.