The British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) awards, in it’s 3rd year was co-hosted by BUFF Patron, actress Kyla Frye and actor Sam Benjamin (Doctor Who). The evenings proceedings were streamed live via BUFF’s Facebook page.
The 2017 winners are:
BUFF Award for Best Short Film, “Hush” directed by Alex Campbell, produced by Candice Onyeama.
Blessing Anyiam-Osigwe Award for Best Actress award “Rosamund Pike” for A United Kingdom.
BUFF Award for Best Actor David Oyelowo “A United Kingdom”.
BUFF Award for Best Feature Film “The Intent” Co-directed by Femi Oyeniran and Kalvadour Petersen, presented by Homeland/Supergirl actor, David Harewood and the winner of BUFF 2015 Best film, Jesse Quinones
BUFF Award for Best live script recipients: ”Draw” written by Isis Davis,“Joe Pair” written by Adriel Leff and “Sara White and the Seven Socialites” written by Sinitta Monero.
BUFF Award for Best Emerging Male Actor Elijah Baker for his role in short film “Signs of Silence”.
BUFF Award for Best Emerging Female Actress Isis Davis for her role in short film “Cover Me” for which Davis dedicated to the memory of her uncle who died in the Grenfell Towers this summer.
BUFF 2017 Honorary Awards recipient is Ashley Walters, celebrating 25 years of outstanding contributing to screen, presented by So Solids first lady, Lisa Maffia.
British singers Kele Le Roc and Ayanna Witter-Johnson headlined the ceremony.
The event was sponsored by Colourful Radio, Premae UK and Heinekens new brand Blind Pig Cider.
The British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) was formed in July 2005 to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK.
Supported by filmmakers and British actors, the organisation was set up by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe. In it’s 10th year in 2015, the festival produced the first BUFF awards and has had previous recipients include Asif Kapadia (Amy), Clint Dyer (Black Mirror) and Richard Pryor (posthumously).
Photo credit: NK Abani