Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

MBE Founding Director

Emmanuel has been the figurehead of BUFF since he envisioned & devised the concept of an urban film festival in the summer of 2005. In that time, the festival has awarded 63 actors, actresses, writers, producers & directors and has delivered 7 annual industry programmes. The festival has screened over 500 films, including its’ own feature film ‘No Shade’ which Emmanuel executive produced in 2018. In March 2020, Emmanuel received his MBE medal from HRH The Prince of Wales for services to the Black and Minority Ethnic film industry.

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe BEM

Managing Director/Lead Script Judge

Clare joined BUFF in July 2014 and has headed up the PR & publicity brief for 6 festivals, overseeing all 5 awards ceremonies hosted in that time. For the last 3 years she has been lead script judge and in 2018, she co-founded BUFF Originals which spawned the theatrical release of ‘No Shade’ which she wrote, directed & co-starred in.

Trish Bertram

Continuity Announcer

Trish is the longest serving female continuity announcer in British TV history. She started her career in 1982 with London Weekend Television, providing voice-over for LWT from 1982-2002. Trish has worked at various stations including UK Gold, BBC World, five, Westcountry Television, ITV3 and the main ITV network. She was one of the stadium announcers for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the opening & closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Paralympics ceremonies in London. In August 2013, Trish became the BUFF continuity announcer, providing voice-overs for all the film festival’s idents and publicity content.

Justin Chinyere

Submissions Team/Script Judge

Justin is a London-based actor whose list of credits include ‘No Shade’ & ‘Venus vs Mars’.

Jo Southwell

Script Consultant

Jo is an award-winning writer and director who has had 3 films screened at BUFF (‘Cover Me’, ‘Deirdre’ & ‘Two Hours’).

Gyulyara Meliki

Submissions Team/BUFF Blog

Gyulyara joined BUFF in November 2019 having previously judged films for the Lift-Off Global Network. Gyulyara is an alumni of Met Film School.

Isis Davis

Script Judge

Isis is an award-winning writer & actress whose list of credits include ‘Cover me’, ‘Electric Dreams’ & ‘The Secret Garden’

Ellie Woodward

Submissions Team/BUFF Blog

Ellie worked on BUFF 2019 in addition to representing the festival at ASFF 2019 in York. Ellie was also BUFF’s videographer on the blue carpet for the World premiere of Blue Story in November 2019.