Lovers of film and urban independant cinema, rejoice! Sponsored by BT, this year's BUFF Awards will be hosted at the iconic BT Tower from 6-12 September and it's sure to be a good one. This is the place where independent film runs to for accreditation and the stars come to mingle. Ever keen to sup at the cup of British talent and innovation, It's My Magazine will be in attendance and red carpet ready, From screenings to masterclass workshops, live script readings and networking opportunities, you can be sure the cream of the crop will be celebrated and discovered in equal measure at this seven day extravaganza.
It's My Magazine will be charting red carpet arrivals and putting a face to the talent that's been emerging from these shores. Enjoy premieres of films with diverse and alternative content such as “Free In Deed” (6th of September) featuring a live Q&A with acclaimed actor David Harewood who stars in the lead role as a pastor with healing powers. For international talent, BUFF also has that covered, recognising the high profile actors of “Chapter and Verse”, featuring stars such as Omari Hardwick ("Power") and Emmy award-winning actress Loretta Devine (“Waiting to Exhale”). The movie centres around a reformed gang leader from Harlem played by Daniel Beaty, who alongside director Jamal Joseph (a former black panther) will feature in a Live Q&A on Friday the 8th of September - makes for interesting stuff.
The festival programme also features the London premieres of “Blue Hollywood” (directed by Francesco Gabriele), hair documentary “Back to Natural” (directed by Gillian Scott-Ward), and “Stay Woke” (a documentary produced by B.E.T profiling the Black Lives Matter movement).
This year’s shorts include:
LONDON LOCKS – directed by Aaron Christian
STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD - directed by Victor Richards
SEE YOU YESTERDAY - directed by Stefon Bristol
JOCELYN - directed by Rachel Wang and Mark Currie
CREAM - directed by Palesa Lebona
BLACKLAND - directed by John Sailsman
JUNIOR - directed by Pearl Gluck
STAY WOKE - directed by Laurens Grant
IN HUMANS WE TRUST - directed by Tim Kent
ADAM AND EVE - directed by Jermaine Wong
CATFORD JESUS - directed by Dan Jones and Chris Michael Fretwell
NEON - directed by Mark J Blackman
LEROY - directed by Marley Morrison
PARALLEL UNIVERSES - directed by `Liran Nathan
WHEN KIDS GROW UP -directed by Shahaub Roudbari
AMBER - directed by Andi Osho
THE DEAL - directed by Johann Myers and Mark Oliver
ART OF LOVE - directed by Quason Matthews
BROKEN - directed by Daniel Alexander
REMEMBRANCE DAY - directed by Rob Woods
HUM - directed by Stefano Nurra
PADLOCK MEN - directed by Lewis T Powell
DEIRDRE - directed by Jo Southwell
WE LOVE MOSES - directed by Dionne Edwards
NEW NEIGHBOURS - directed by E.G Bailey
MORNING GLORY - directed by Robert Bertrand
5 X 5 - directed by Kate Herron
THIS IS MY STORY - directed by Vicki Kisner
BLOOM - directed by Jesse Gassongo-Alexander
ARCADE GIRL - directed by Tze Hao Wong
THE DATE - directed by John Dunn
THE FEW – directed by Sam Bradford, Phil Thomas, Jamie Wanstall & Ryan Ward-Miller
IN THE SPOTLIGHT – directed by Willie Robbins
The nominees for the 2017 BUFF Awards have been announced by actors Sam Benjamin & Kyla Frye who will be hosting the ceremony we'll be attending at the BT Tower on Sunday the 10th of September.
Ten awards will be distributed on the night including three script awards and the BUFF honorary award which will be presented by legendary songstress Lisa Maffia to actor Ashley Walters.
Live music comes from Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Kele Le Roc and The Kuumba Youth Orchestra Quartet.
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the film calendar's hottest event, visit: www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk we'll be updating you shortly with images and updates of what we're sure will be a fabulous evening - I hope to see you there - if so, say hi.