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 leading film festival in the UK 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:
marriage and civil partnership.
pregnancy and maternity.
religion or belief.
Submission deadlines and fees
Now until 29 March 2021 – Regular Deadline £99
30 March 2021 – 28 June 2021 – Late Deadline £109
Film Freeway Gold Members get 25% off
All films and scripts/screenplays accepted into the 2021 British Urban Film Festival will be in contention for a BUFF award.
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. Click on the link below for the list of Section B qualifying festivals:
how do I submit right now?
Email your content once payment has been made to:
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.
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.
Rules and terms
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.