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British Urban Film Festival 2012 kicks off this Friday…


CALM are delighted to have been chosen as one of the official charities for this year’s British Urban Film Festival

The UK premiere of Lawrence Coke’s Melvin: Chronicles of a Player Actor will kick off BUFF 2o12 which for the first time will allow audiences to watch this year’s programme online, on-air and in person.

In conjunction with the SERTUC Film Club and Oxford House in Bethnal Green, London, The British Urban Film Festival are planning 16 festival screenings to be shown free in the capital, plus 4 online screenings to be streamed on their site from Oct 14th. In conjunction with Community Channel, The British Urban Film Festival have been screening bonus films and special programmes every day this week in the build-up to BUFF 2012 this weekend.

Commenting on this year’s festival, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe, BUFF 2012 Festival Director, said:

“This year, perhaps more than any other, BUFF and its partners will bang home the message that the UK as a nation is unashamedly proud in celebrating the best of British and embracing diversity. As a festival, we are uniquely placed to reflect that vision through some of the great work that is being made by some of the UK’s most talented filmmakers.”

Actor Wil Johnson will host the opening night of BUFF 2012 tomorrow, Fri October 12 featuring Melvin: Chronicles of a Player and the climax to the inaugural Knice Short Film Ceremony with actor and musician Arnold Oceng. Other festival highlights include the BUFF Shorts UK showcase with cameo performances from Lonyo Engele, Sadie Frost and Dudley O’Shaughnessy, the latest film directed by (and starring) Aml Ameen (TV premiere), the all-star tribute and the Nollywood gangster movie Woolwich Boys.


Here’s the schedule for screenings and events*:

Friday October 12, Doors 7pm – 11pm, TUC Congress House

7.30pm: BUFF 2012 – Pre-Show (Hosted by Wil Johnson)

8.15pm: Knice Short Film Ceremony (presented by Wil Johnson and featuring Arnold Oceng)

8.25pm: Melvin: Chronicles of a Player (dir Lawrence Coke, UK, 95mins) – UK PREMIERE

10pm: Live Q&A with Wil Johnson, Lawrence Coke, Duane & Damian Carter

Saturday October 13

11.00am: Eastside Story (dir Polly Steele, UK, 63mins)
Followed by live Q&A with Polly Steele (dir), Ray Lewis and Henry Bonsu (broadcaster, Colourful Radio/Vox Africa)

2.00pm: Casuals (prod. Cass Pennant, UK, 75mins) introduced by Jessie Grace Mellor (journalist and filmmaker)
Followed by live Q&A with Cass Pennant (dir) and Jessie Grace Mellor

4.30pm – 7.30pm: BUFF SHORTS UK Showcase – 11 back-to-back screenings

Grow Up (dir Ivan Madeira, UK, 15mins)
Virgo (dir Sheridan De Myers, UK, 10mins)
Unspoken (dir Sunny King, UK, 10mins)
Multi-Story (dir Jeremy Clancy, UK, 15mins)
Dear Mr Cameron (dir Martin Denham, UK, 10mins)
The Prayer (dir Shola Amoo/Nosa Nedion, UK, 17mins)
Dead Pretty (dir Sarah Peace, UK, 5mins)
Fortune’s Smile (dir Marcus Liversedge, UK, 16mins)
Where’s My Supermalt (dir Daniel Oniya, UK, 4mins)
Loved One (dir Geraldine Spicer, UK, 22mins)
Sunny Boy (dir Jane Sanchez-Gull, UK, 11mins)
Followed by live Q&A with the directors and Festival Director Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe

8.30pm: Woolwich Boys (dir Anthony Abuah, UK, 88mins/subtitled)
Followed by live Q&A with panellists including Anthony Abuah, Stanley Chinoso & Lateef Lovejoy

BUFF 2012 ONLINE SELECTIONS (Starts Sunday October 14)

Birthday Wish (dir Eugene Osei, UK, 8mins)
Closure (dir Geoff Searle, UK, 3mins)
Arthur Can’t (dir Fabio Dominguez, UK, 3mins)
Les Amants De Verone “The Lovers of Verona” (dir Casserley Cielo, UK/France, 8mins)

*programme subject to change.

For further information about the full programme please visit:

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