We are now in our 16th year and want to give clarity to our reclaiming of the word “urban”. For so long, "urban" has been seen as an extension of “black”, “underground”, “other”, “unworthy”.

We know that in every walk of life urban culture, more than ever, is revered as trend setting, forward-thinking, inclusive and innovative.

This is the reason why BAFTA, BIFA, AMAA and our industry festival partners (including Iris Prize) have officially recognised BUFF - giving our filmmakers direct opportunities to qualify for film awards. BUFF is the longest standing black-owned film festival in the United Kingdom. Founded by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe MBE, filmmakers that have exhibited at our festival are now household names. Join the legacy and explore new worlds at BUFF.

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

At the British Urban Film Festival, we have been a pioneering platform for all facets of diversity since our formation in 2005.

Long before diversity quotas and terminology such as BAME and non-binary, we have always welcomed, showcased, given coverage to and awarded films which embrace diverse storytelling, celebrating filmmakers from diverse backgrounds representative of the 9 diversity strands:

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

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.

SUCCESSFUL SCRIPTS:

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.

Scripts: must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 120.

Feature length films: must be no less than 44 minutes and no more than 120.

Short films must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 44.

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

The festival operates a no waiver policy.

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  • Johan Nayar

    Everything has been great. Emmanuel and Justin have kept us in the loop about all of the changes regarding this years unusual circumstances. Everything is very professional! Thank you for having us!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your continued support Johan.

  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Loving your feedback Greg!

  • Serena Chloe Gardner

    Great festival with fantastic communication and promotion.

    September 2019
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    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
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    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
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    Response from festival:

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