12th Annual

British Urban Film Festival

January 01, 2018 to February 02, 2018

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Urban Independent Feature Films (Fiction)
Urban Independent Short Films (Fiction)
Urban Independent Documentaries


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 board of members, patrons and script judges alongside our submissions process for 2018 - and they are: Arnold Oceng, Adam Deacon, Aaron Fontaine, Cass Pennant, Femi Oyeniran, Wil Johnson, Mo Ali, Jesse Quinones, Damian Jones, Clint Dyer, Kyla Frye, Sue Caro, Lateef Lovejoy, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Michelle Blake and Donna Dowe.

We have made great strides in the right direction for over a decade. There's no reason why that shouldn't continue for a decade more. 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 2018 has opened up a whole new range of opportunities for people to break into the industry as scriptwriters, stand-up comics, filmmakers or music video directors.

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

Our team eagerly awaits your entry.


Established in 2005, the British Urban Film Festival was initially formed to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK. Supported by a board which includes actors, journalists, film critics and filmmakers, BUFF stands out as the only festival of its kind with a triple offering of online, on-air and spectator platforms where filmmakers and scriptwriters are presented with the opportunity to have their work showcased to the largest audience reach possible. Our submissions process allows us to protect free attendance to the public for key festival events. Our connections with broadcasters and distributors mean that we can provide comprehensive PR strategies plus additional support for filmmakers and stakeholders who seek the profile needed to monetise their product. As a publisher-broadcaster our objective is to premiere a minimum of 25 films annually in the UK, celebrating difference and to champion, embrace, disrupt and accurately reflect the changing cultural mass and demographic make-up of the UK as expressed primarily through film.

BUFF is widely regarded as the leading BAME film festival and home of urban film coverage in the UK and our continued work with filmmakers and scriptwriters will help consolidate our reputation and open up more frontiers for audiences, sponsors and other stakeholders.

Many of the UK’s leading actors and actresses have starred, written, produced and directed films shown at the British Urban Film Festival including Chiwetel Ejiofor (‘Slapper’), Jimmy Akingbola (‘Ambition to Live’ & ‘Glimpse’), Sadie Frost (Fortune’s Smile), Clint Dyer (‘SUS’), Ashley Walters (‘Showdown’), David Essex (‘Traveller’), Aml Ameen (‘Special Delivery’/’Drink, Drugs & KFC’/’12 – the damaged race’/’Hoorah’) and Noel Clarke (‘Adulthood’ & ‘Huge’).

In January 2013 The British Urban Film Festival (in conjunction with Community Channel) became the first film festival in the UK to have its film selections featured for broadcast on the BBC i-player.

In August 2014, Channel 4 transmitted 2 short films shortlisted by the British Urban Film Festival as part of its current non-exclusive broadcast deal. In April 2015 it was announced that the first ever British Urban Film Festival awards (supported by Channel 4) will take place in September. In July 2015 it was announced that London Live will become the new and exclusive home of BUFF film coverage until the autumn of 2017.


Al Raymore (Festival Registrar)


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 40.

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



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 February onwards.

All shortlisted submissions must comply with the festival’s screening embargo guarantee.