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7th Annual British Urban Film Festival Reveals 2012 Lineup & Schedule

7th Annual British Urban Film Festival Reveals 2012 Lineup & Schedule

I’ll return with individual profiles of films on the festival’s scheduled; in the meantime, feel free to sort through the list yourselves in the below press release.


The UK premiere of Lawrence Coke’s Melvin: Chronicles of a Player Actor will kick off the 2012 British Urban Film Festival 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, The British Urban Film Festival today announced the 16 festival screenings to be shown free in the capital plus 4 online screenings to be streamed in the 2nd weekend of October. In conjunction with Community Channel, The British Urban Film Festival will also screen a week of bonus films and special programmes in the build-up to BUFF 2012 starting October 8 (TV schedule TBA).

Actor Wil Johnson will host the opening night of BUFF 2012 on Friday 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.

*The schedule of 20 screenings announced today, all to be shown on the weekend of October 12, 13, and 14 include:

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, Doors 10.30am – 11pm, Oxford House (Bethnal Green)

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.

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.”

This year’s event is sponsored by Vanessa Blake Cosmetics. SERTUC Film Club, which has agreed to extend its sponsorship of the event, will once again stage the opening night from Congress House (in London’s West End) on Friday October the 12th. The festival then moves to London’s East End with “Super Saturday” on October the 13th at Oxford House in Bethnal Green.

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