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why I should submit to the best film festival in the U.K  for diverse programming:

We want to change the face of British film. We want it to reflect all of us, not just some of us. That’s why we’re delighted to announce our new round of submissions for the 2020 British Urban Film Festival.

We have made great strides in the right direction since our launch 15 years ago in 2005. There’s no reason why that shouldn’t continue over the next 15 years. Across the film & TV industry, Britain’s filmmakers are much less diverse than Britain itself. And that can sometimes mean it’s much more of an effort to make films and TV programmes diverse, because they have to make an effort. This, in turn, is understandable.

Founded by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe MBE, the British Urban Film Festival, has been a pioneering platform for all facets of global diversity since its inception in 2005.

Long before diversity quotas and terminology such as BAME and cis, we have always welcomed, showcased, given coverage to and awarded films which display diverse stories and by filmmakers from diverse backgrounds adhering to the 9 diversity strands:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex.

We are now in our 15th year and want to give clarity to our reclaiming of the word “urban”. For so long, urban has been looked at as an extension of “black”, “underground”, “other” “unworthy”. We know that in every walk of life, urban culture is now more than ever revered as BOLD. UNMISTAKABLE. FRESH and a FRONTIER.

Don’t delay, enter today and be in with a chance of making the elite line-up of official selections at this year’s British Urban Film Festival.

We’re particularly keen for submissions which touch on the following:

  • Cities and towns that are generally overpopulated 
  • Urban street wear and fashion 
  • Urban street food and/ or homegrown agriculture 
  • Urban legends – local heroes and heroines 
  • Environmentalists and urbanites – climate change, plastic landfill in oceans etc 
  • Urban music videos with cinematic storytelling / narrative 
  • Advertorial campaigns combining onscreen and offscreen diversity 
  • Romantic dramas that take place in inner cities and towns 
  • Comedies that expose the flaws in our hierarchal structures – satire, politics, bourgeois, banking  
  • Science fiction that gives hope/ tools/ insight to the next generation – can include cosmic stories (astrology, numerology, crystal healing, spirit animals, supernatural) 
  • Sports – open to all genre but particularly interested in unique sports such as capoeira, free walling, mma, youth boxing 
  • Female-identifying feature film directors and DOP’s.  

what is buff looking for in 2020: 

Formats accepted:

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.

If you need guidance, email: 

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