“ACCREDITED BY MULTIPLE AWARDS BODIES”
BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
BIFA (British Independent Film Awards)
Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival
Since 2019, British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) has been a partner festival for the Iris Prize LGBT+ film festival – one of 34 section A BAFTA qualifying festivals. As of 2023, BUFF is invited to allow for films submitted to BUFF to be put forward for eligibility in the Iris Prize Best British Short category supported by Film4.
AMAA (Africa Movie Academy Awards)
IMDB (Internet Movie Database)
Since the advent of the BUFF Awards in 2015 (script prizes have been awarded since 2013), the British Urban Film Festival has been an IMDB qualifying festival for feature films, short films and documentaries.
Film Freeway Gold
"Leading the way in diversity since 2005"
In 2023, BUFF Business Group was 1 of 10 Black-owned British businesses recognised and awarded a share of $100,000 in grant finance by the BeyGood foundation, founded by Beyonce Knowles-Carter (a UK first).
In 2020, BUFF and Apple TV+ teamed up to host the 2020 British Urban Film Festival with an exclusive screening room for 70 official selections on the iTunes platform (a UK first) including Inheritance (directed by William Boyd) and The Velvet Abstract (directed by James Hughes).
New Year's Honours List
In 2020, BUFF founder, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for services to the ethnic film industry. He received his medal at Buckingham Palace from HRH The Prince of Wales.
In 2018, BUFF’s in-house production arm, BUFF Originals (now Studios) released its first independently produced feature film in Odeon cinemas nationwide (“No Shade”) directed by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe. The award-winning film starred Adesuwa Oni (formerly credited as Adele Oni) making her debut as a lead actress. In 2023, Adesuwa starred in the lead role of Njinga in the Netflix production of “African Queens: Njinga”; In 2023, Clare directed multiple episodes on 2 UK soap dramas (“Hollyoaks” for Channel 4 & “Coronation Street” for ITV) and 1 drama block with the BBC (“The Break”).
In 2017, BUFF and BT Group teamed up to host the 2017 British Urban Film Festival from BT Tower in London (a UK first). The BUFF Awards was broadcast live for the first time on BT.com and Facebook.
In 2016, BUFF came top in a global list of Black film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the American Black Film Festival worthy of attending. The list was compiled and published by Metro Newspapers.