Day 3-6 of the festival continues at

BUFF 2023: British Urban Film Festival (Halifax) 
Venue: 6 Broad Street, Halifax HX1 1UX  

The British Urban Film Festival has arrived in God’s own country – Yorkshire! The weekday schedule for BUFF 2023 comes from Halifax with 48 films across 4 nights with 2 slots on each night. Supported by Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

All screenings are subject to change. All sales are non refundable unless the event is canceled, or there was a complete failure to deliver the advertised event that was purchased by the participant. 


BUFF strand 15 | Reclaim It (Screen 6, cert 18) 


Thursday 19 October 


5.30pm – 8.05pm

BUFF strand 15 | Reclaim It (Screen 6, cert 18)  Where Did All The Rebels Go / We Are Nature / Wave Women UK / Tour De Moon followed by Q&A. 

Where Did All The Rebels Go

Where Did All The Rebels Go (Director: Anna Jurek) UK, 15mins

Where Did All The Rebels Go is a short documentary of a woman, Donna, who in her late 40’s ends an abusive marriage after twenty-seven years, is signed off work due to financial and emotional stressors of divorce, is dealing with illness in her family, and finds herself living as a property guardian in an abandoned Catholic Primary School in Central London. Her current lifestyle is a far cry from her five-bedroom marital home and corporate job, yet she’s never felt more alive in her own skin.

We Are Nature

We Are Nature (Directors: Jaha Browne, Olivia Martin Mc Guire) UK, 9mins

WE ARE NATURE is an immersive audio-driven film that asks you to listen. Why is it that BPoC communities in the UK do not feel like they belong in the outdoors? The Campaign to Protect Rural England studies show only 1% of visitors to UK National Parks come from “Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds”. A recent report from the Runnymede Trust addressed systemic racism in England, its criminal justice system, education, health and employment. While this inequality is often examined in cities, how often do we consider the exclusivity of the natural world? At a time when reconnecting with nature has never seemed so important, this film asks the question – is the British outdoors for everyone? The film is based on audio interviews taken from a group of BPoC women outdoor activists who are changing the story. It is an emotional response, a poetic and hybrid film consciously working to break stereotypes, acknowledge trauma without retraumatising the audience and inspire a new lens on the British outdoors. Their unfolding experiences weave together a wider, lyrical narrative of community and shared history. It is a story of reconnection and reclamation – showing gentle activism breaking the status quo to forge a new British landscape. Working in an intimate BPoC female and non-binary team with a black and a white co-director/co-producer the film seeks to present a new lens on deep-rooted issues in the UK outdoors, to an inclusive audience.

Wave Women UK

Wave Women UK (Director: Lolly Michaels) UK, 20mins

‘Wave Women UK’ is a short documentary that follows a group of young black women from inner city London as they embark on a transformative journey to learn how to surf. The film celebrates the determination of these women as they brave the often intimidating waters of the ocean to try something new and explore a world they had never known before. Their journey is a compelling story of strength and courage as they conquer their fears and challenge the notion that surfing is an exclusive sport. Through the lens of intimate interviews, stunning visuals, and gripping action sequences, ‘Wave Women UK’ captures the powerful journey of these amazing women as they courageously ride the wave of change.

Tour de Moon

Tour de Moon (Director: Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian) UK, 70mins

A hyperenergetic and unapologetic ride inside the festival of brexit. Join Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian and a multiverse of talents as they take their nationwide festival Tour de Moon- which advocates for plurality, youth countercultures and nightlife- around the UK while redistributing public funds… Discover an antidote to nationalism, division and ultimately Brexit.

Price of Ticket: £10.95

on the door ticket: £13.95


BUFF strand 16 | Home (Screen 6, cert 18)


Thursday 19 October 


8.20pm – 10.50pm

BUFF strand 16 | Home (Screen 6, cert 18) Ride or Die / Baked Beans / Whose Voice is it Anyway? / The Sanctuary Seekers of Bradford 

Ride or Die

Ride or Die (Director: Steve Bright) UK, 15mins

A fast-paced dramedy set in the Yorkshire Dales. When a struggling actress gets a call about the audition of a lifetime, armed only with her phone, patchy signal, a neighbour’s bike and a ton of desperation she has to get to the local station before time runs out! But is this ‘dream job’ as dreamy as it appears?

Baked Beans

Baked Beans (Director: Hugh Mann-Adamson) UK, 10mins

Nicole, a single mum facing financial hardship whose eldest son Archie is autistic and will only eat Baked Beans, has reached a point where she has to use the local food bank to feed her family.

Whose Voice is it Anyway?

Whose Voice is it Anyway? (Director: Kate Caryer) UK, 5mins

A darkly funny mockumentary about two identically ‘disabled’ forty-year-old women: Lottie and Charlie, who have athetoid cerebral palsy. Both celebrate their 40th birthday with family and friends, yet one is given the choice and the ability to communicate, and one is not.

The Sanctuary Seekers of Bradford

The Sanctuary Seekers of Bradford (Director: Tom Harmer) UK, 30mins

As governments around the world face the impact of the growing number of displaced people, the city of Bradford in the north of England is known as a city of sanctuary for refugees and asylum seekers, and has a rich heritage of welcoming those fleeing their homes.

This 30 minute documentary film follows the lives of three Bradford residents from different walks of life; retired train driver Mick, primary school worker Hamida and settled refugee Asumani, as they each show practical care and kindness to refugees and asylum seekers living in the city. Offering friendship and a warm welcome, they help people overcome the many obstacles faced in the long and challenging journey of rebuilding their lives in the UK.

Price of Ticket: £10.95

on the door ticket: £13.95


BUFF strand 17 | Begin Again (Screen 6, cert 18)


Thursday 19 October 


8.20pm – 10.50pm

BUFF strand 17 | Begin Again (Screen 6, cert 18)  Who am I becoming? / Forgotten Word / The Absence of Memory / Subs followed by Q&A for all 8 films. 

Who am I becoming?

Who am I becoming? (Director: Payton Royce, Odu Adamu) USA, 12mins

WHO I AM BECOMING is a documentary short chronicling Payton Royce’s early stages of gender transition through to gender affirming surgery. It includes footage shot at the time as well as Payton’s current reflections on his journey. Directed and produced by Payton Royce and Odu Adamu.

Forgotten Word

Forgotten Word (Director: Carlton Holder) UK, 11mins

Summary Starring U.K. TV legends Tom Lister (Emmerdale Farm) Dean Sullivan (Brookside). Even though this is a short film, it is actually a franchise I have put together in this short. This Consists of My ‘Forgotten Word’ and ‘The New System’ novels. Feature film screenplays have also been

completed. Thank you. STORY First they banned books. Then they burned them. Now religion has been outlawed and… six days ago the internet went offline worldwide. Rumour is, something is coming to replace it. A new system. Will technology replace religion? Will this iteration of the internet become God? As a chilling new order is close to being ushered in, an Irish detective, trying to navigate a dark world in transition, finds herself in a surreal ideological and spiritual struggle between two preternatural entities: a charming blond man and a melancholy teenage girl.

The Absence of Memory

The Absence of Memory (Director: Brian Yulo Ng) Singapore, 9mins

The Absence of Memory is an animated documentary that brings together the collective experience of multiple individuals used to survive an atmosphere designed to suppress their individuality. The film creates a subconscious space of memory that is built on the fragments that people used to survive. Coming from different backgrounds and upbringings; each individual responds in an interior process of self reflection or exteriorly through the creation of a fragment of humanity manifested in their work. Through this collection of voices, the film seeks to weave together the tale of a shared human truth; That in the absence of meaning, we attempt to survive with humanity and dignity.


Subs (Director: Joe Warner) UK, 17mins

Mason is a young lad on the cusp of adulthood. With his family in financial crisis, he tries to convince his amateur boxing coach that he is ready to follow in the footsteps of the gym’s top fighters. He soon learns the dark secrets that bleed into the world of sport.

Price of Ticket: £10.95

on the door ticket: £13.95