News: British Urban Film Festival appoints Adeyinka Akinrinade as new festival director


British Urban Film Festival appoints Adeyinka Akinrinade as new festival director

18 April, 2016


With a CV including 2 stints at the Cans Short Film Festival in Luton, Akinrinade will oversee the day-to-day running of the annual BUFF showpiece.

The British Urban Film Festival has appointed Adeyinka Akinrinade as its’ new festival director. Adeyinka becomes only the 2nd festival director in its’ 11 year history succeeding Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe who has been at the helm since July 2005. The former BUFF protege (who worked on the festival in 2013 and 2014) will take up the post on June 18.

Adeyinka, who arrives at the company from her position as trainer producer at the Full House Theatre in Bedfordshire, will oversee BUFF’s communications strategy, working closely with the BUFF patrons, film producers and other key partners.

She will report to Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe who becomes CEO. Also joining the festival team behind the scenes will be Chanice Hird and Semaicy Crabbe both of whom worked on the festival in 2015. Chanice will be working on her 3rd film festival having started out with BUFF in 2014. 

Ms Akinrinade said: “Independent films are the heart of the industry and it’s extremely important we are able to offer filmmakers and scriptwriters a platform to showcase their work. This is why the British Urban Film Festival is key in supporting up and coming talent as well as being the home for urban film coverage in the UK. 

We have a very exciting programme of events this year, with some real BUFF talent. This year’s festival cannot be missed.” 

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