As Britain's biggest film festival for diversity, 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.

What's not understandable is when opportunity is too often determined by who your friends are, and who you know. This in turn makes our talent pool less diverse. And it can mean sometimes that people from disadvantaged backgrounds can go to the cinema or turn on the TV and see nothing that they feel comfortable with. We know the feeling. That's why we set up BUFF.

At BUFF we know we have to go over and above the call of duty. Our board is represented by a cross section of individuals, young and old, black and white, male and female. Our submissions process for 2020 will once again open up a whole new range of opportunities for people to break into the industry as scriptwriters or filmmakers.

We care about how the UK is represented. We hope you feel the same way too.

Our team eagerly awaits your entry.


Only shortlisted submissions will receive further emails or phone calls from the BUFF board after the final submission deadline passes. Correspondence will commence from 9 July 2020 onwards.

MP4's, DVD masters, 30″ x 40″ quad posters and DCP’s will be requested if submissions make the shortlist.

All shortlisted films will be eligible to win a British Urban Film Festival short film/feature film award in 2020.

All shortlisted films will be considered for theatrical distribution in sole conjunction with BUFF Originals.


All scripts selected will be issued with a 2 year licensing deal to commit AAA Film and TV as a producer of the script if it gets produced.

The final shortlist of 3 scripts will be eligible to receive a British Urban Film Festival award in 2020.

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 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

The festival operates a no waiver policy.

Overall Rating
  • Greg Hall

    Brilliant festival, really well organised with great communication and promotion. Fantastic selection of films and co-ordinated events, wonderful platform for indie films and well worth enetering!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Loving your feedback Greg!

  • Serena Chloe Gardner

    Great festival with fantastic communication and promotion.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your feedback Serena. Your continued support means a lot to us :)

  • Antoine Allen

    Amazing film festival. Will definitely be submitting my future film projects.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Antoine. We appreciate your support of the festival in the U.S. We look forward to receiving your next entry over the coming months.

  • Alfie Barker

    Great festival, networking and selection of films.. I hope to be back next year!!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Alfie. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • We were thrilled that our client got selected to screen at British Urban Film Festival and would definitely recommend anyone whose film fits their remit to submit.

    The deliverables needed were probably some of the most expansive we've ever had requested (including Instagram trailers and replications of the poster with their laurels on) but our communication with them was thorough which meant we could arrange what they needed and ask for extensions due to the short turnaround time.

    October 2017
    Response from festival:

    We appreciate the feedback guys, thank you. We look forward to receiving more entries from you over the coming weeks and months :)