British Urban Film Festival Awards 2015

Press Release   •   Aug 20, 2015 04:42 BST

For the first time in its 10 year history, the British Urban Film Festival will be recognising actors, actresses, scriptwriters and filmmakers whose work has been showcased by BUFF since the festival was launched in the summer of 2005. The inaugural BUFF Awards will also present emerging talent awards to filmmakers and scriptwriters whose work has featured in this year's British Urban Film Festival which runs from the 17th to the 21st of September.

Rain Pryor said: “My dad was an icon who changed the face of comedy and shared his deepest truths. It is an honour to accept this award on his behalf, not only because he is my father, but because he created in his children social change and truth."

Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of BUFF, said: “Richard Pryor is one of the most iconic personalities ever known. With his uncanny ability to engage with audiences, his material has stood the test of time in a career spanning over 25 years on stage and on screen. He has been an inspiration to comedians and entertainers, past present and future and we are truly honoured to have one of his children in London to help celebrate his legacy.”

The British Urban Film Festival Awards will be hosted by Abrantee Boateng & Larushka Ivan-Zadeh at the Cinema Museum in Kennington on Thursday 17 September.

2015 British Urban Film Festival Awards nominees and recipients:

1. The British Urban Film Festival best short film award (across 10 years):


Driftwood (Dir: James Webber)

Sunny Boy (Dir: Jane Gull)

The Estate Agent (Dir: Nils Lindemann) 

Slapper (Dir: Chiwetel Ejiofor)

2. The British Urban Film Festival best actress award (across 10 years): Nominees:

Daniella Down (Mum, Dad, meet Sam) 

Isaura Barbe-Brown (David is Dying) 

Daisy Haggard (Calloused Hands)

KT Gorique (Brooklyn)

3. The British Urban Film Festival best actor award (across 10 years): Nominees:

Lonyo Engele (David is Dying & Virgo) 

Clint Dyer (Sus)

Noel Clarke (Adulthood & Huge) 

Stanley Chinoso (Woolwich Boys)

4. The British Urban Film Festival best director award (across 10 years): Nominees:

Stephen Lloyd Jackson (David is Dying) 

Noel Clarke (Adulthood)
Anthony Abuah (Woolwich Boys)
Jesse Quinones (Calloused Hands)

5. The British Urban Film Festival best video award (across 10 years): Nominees:

Dear Mr Cameron (Dir: Martin Denham)

I am Who (Dir: Mark One)
See it in my eyes (Dir: Jaha Browne)

End of the Block (Dir: Omari Carter)

6. The British Urban Film Festival best documentary award (across 10 years): Nominees:

Amy (Dir: Asif Kapadia)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (Dir: Bill Siegel) 

Casuals (Dir. Mick Kelly)
The Fade (Dir: Andy Mundy-Castle)

7. The British Urban Film Festival best movie award (across 10 years): Nominees:

David is Dying 

Woolwich Boys 


Calloused Hands

8. The British Urban Film Festival Live Script Reading award (for 2015): 


Nadine Woodley & Dani Moseley (40 Elephants)

Louis Lagayette (Trendy)
Francesca Castelbuono (Faded)

9. The British Urban Film Festival emerging talent award (for 2015): Recipient: TBA

10. The British Urban Film Festival best comedy award (across 10 years):


Huge (Dir: Ben Miller)

Breaking Britain (Dir: Adriel Leff)
Mum, Dad, meet Sam (Dir: Tony Sebastian Ukpo) 

Drink, Drugs & KFC (Dir: Aml Ameen)

11. The British Urban Film Festival British legacy award (across 10 years): Recipient: TBA

12. The British Urban Film Festival inaugural honorary award: Recipient: Rain Pryor (on behalf of Richard Pryor)

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Established in 2005, the British Urban Film Festival was initially formed to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK. Supported by a board which includes actors, journalists, film critics and filmmakers, BUFF stands out as the only festival of its kind with a triple offering of online, on-air and spectator platforms where filmmakers and scriptwriters are presented with the opportunity to have their work showcased to the largest audience reach possible. Our submissions process allows us to protect free attendance to the public for key festival events. Our connections with broadcasters and distributors mean that we can provide comprehensive PR strategies plus additional support for filmmakers and stakeholders who seek the profile needed to monetise their product. As a publisher-broadcaster our objective is to premiere a minimum of 25 films annually in the UK, celebrating difference and to champion, embrace, disrupt and accurately reflect the changing cultural mass and demographic make-up of the UK as expressed primarily through film.

BUFF is widely regarded as the home of urban film coverage in the UK and our continued work with filmmakers and scriptwriters will help consolidate our reputation and open up more frontiers for audiences, sponsors and other stakeholders.