The 11th edition of the UK’s leading BAME film festival will return on September 14-20. The festival will move from the Genesis Cinema in east London, which hosted the last three editions from 2013 to 2015, to the Odeon cinemas in Camden Town and Swiss Cottage. The festival recently signed a multi-year deal to screen films with the multiplex chain.
The festival has also appointed Adeyinka Akinrinade as its’ new festival director. Adeyinka becomes only the 2nd festival director in its’ 11 year history succeeding Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe who has been at the helm since July 2005.
Ms Akinrinade said: “Independent films are the heart of the industry and it’s extremely important we are able to offer filmmakers a platform to showcase their work. This is why the British Urban Film Festival is key in supporting up and coming talent as well as being the home for urban film coverage in the UK.
We have a very exciting programme of events this year, with some real BUFF talent. This year’s festival cannot be missed.”
The programme for the seven-day festival will be announced later this summer from Channel 4’s headquarters as part of the annual BUFF media day.
Previous festival premieres have included Montana, Calloused Hands, Melvin: Portrait of a Player, Lapse of Honour, The Ballad of Johnny Windows, David is Dying, That Daughter’s Crazy, Traveller, Invisible Men and The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
The festival has been attended by filmmakers, patrons and guests including Clint Dyer, Aml Ameen, Femi Oyeniran, Zawe Ashton, Charlie Hanson, Andre Royo, Parminder Vir, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Brian Bovell, Mo Ali, Cass Pennant, Arnold Oceng, Ellen Thomas, Tamer Hassan, Mohammed George, Rain Pryor, Nicholas Pinnock, Cassam Looch, Shone Romulus and David Essex.