David Harewood’s ‘Free In Deed’ Leads 2017 British Urban Film Festival Schedule

Over 30 film screenings plus 2 masterclasses, The Live Script Readings and the BUFF Awards ceremony will all be hosted at the BT Tower from 6-12 September.

Independent cinema arrives at the BT Tower this September as festival director Addie Akinrinade announced this year’s selections and schedule for 2017, sponsored by BT.

Akinrinade confirmed that the London premiere of Free In Deed will open this year’s film festival at the BT Tower on Wednesday the 6th of September and will feature a live Q&A with actor David Harewood who stars in the lead role as a pastor with healing powers set in an American black church. The premiere will be hosted by Metro film editor Larushka Ivan-Zadeh.

Day 2 highlights include the London premiere of ‘A Landscape of Lies’ (directed by Paul Knight) with a cast including Marc Bannerman and TV presenter Andrea Mclean.

Also to be screened at the world famous venue will be the London premiere of Chapter and Verse on Friday the 8th of September. The movie centres around a reformed gang leader from Harlem, played by Daniel Beaty, and also stars Omari Hardwick and Emmy award-winning actress Loretta Devine. Both Beaty and director Jamal Joseph (a former Black Panther) will feature in the Q&A. The premiere will be hosted by Paulette Harris-German.

Akinrinade also announced that the 5th annual renewal of the Live Script Readings is to take place on Thursday the 7th of September. The readings will be hosted by actor Wil Johnson.

The festival programme will also feature the London premieres of Blue Hollywood (directed by Francesco Gabriele), hair documentary Back to Natural, and Stay Woke (a documentary from B.E.T about the Black Lives Matter movement).

On Saturday 9 September, Africa features heavily in the line-up with the documentary Black Stars of Highlife and African rom-com Potato Potahto (starring O.C Ukeje & Joselyn Dumas). The premiere will be hosted by Capital Xtra’s Abrantee Boateng.

Other festival highlights include an acting masterclass with Ashley Walters on Monday the 11th of September and a Make-up masterclass with Joy Adenuga on Tuesday the 12th of September.

This year’s shorts programme includes:

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
 | Rememberance 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 | Arcade Girl – directed by Tze Hao Wong
 | The Date – directed by John Dunn

The BT BUFF Awards

The nominees for the 2017 BUFF Awards were announced by actors Sam Benjamin & Kyla Frye who will be hosting the ceremony at BT Tower on Sunday the 10th of September.

The full list of nominations

  • Best Short FIlm – Cover Me, Hush, Signs of Silence, Lifeline
  • Blessing Anyiam-Osigwe Award for Best Actress – Pippa Nixon, Rosamund Pike, Jade Asha, Juanita Ingram
  • Best Actor – Dylan Duffus, David Oyelowo, David Gyasi, Ed Hayter
  • Best Film A United Kingdom, The Intent, To Dream, Residential
  • Best Live Script: TBA
  • Best Female Emerging Talent – Isis Davis, Maia Watkins, Kate Lassman Long, Krystine Atti
  • Best Male Emerging Talent – Elijah Baker, Louis Chandler-Joseph, Aubrey Whyte, Freddie Thorp
  • BUFF Honorary Award: Ashley Walters

Most festival events will be charged at £15 and £20 with tickets for the BUFF Awards starting at £125. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.britishurbanfilmfestival.co.uk


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