The labs – taking place from 2-4 September – include ‘How to shoot a feature film using a mobile phone’ with Cassius Rayner, ‘How to budget and produce a feature film’ with Shantelle Rochester and ‘Scriptwriting: completing your first feature film script’ with Clare Anyiam-Osigwe. The BUFF Live Script Readings take place on Thursday 5 September. The 3 winning scripts (to be performed as 20 minute pieces) are ‘Loyalty’ – written by Jo Southwell, ‘Raped’ – written by Malcolm Solomon and ‘Asylum’ by Eno Enefiok.
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Actor, writer, producer and director Noel Clarke is to receive the 2019 British Urban Film Festival honorary award in recognition of more than 20 years spent working in the film and TV industry.
The 43-year-old, who currently stars alongside actor Ashley Walters in Bulletproof on Sky One, will accept the honour at the British Urban Film Festival Awards 2019 on Saturday 7th September.
Clarke said: “I’m honoured to be receiving this award from the British Urban Film Festival. It’s not every day that you get honoured by your film peers and so to be joining an elite list of recipients including people that I count as friends including Wil Johnson and Ashley Walters is all the more satisfying. Thank you BUFF.”
BUFF Chairman Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe said: “In accepting this year’s highest honour, Noel joins an illustrious list of recipients including Richard Pryor, Wil Johnson, Ashley Walters and Amma Asante who have enriched the British Urban Film Festival with their talent, their spirit and their supreme work ethic. The UK owes Noel Clarke a huge debt of gratitude for single handedly kickstarting a revolution in the UK film industry. The British Urban Film Festival would not be the beacon that it is if it wasn’t for Noel Clarke. As an actor, his performances continue to leave an indelible mark on audiences and critics far and wide. As a Black British producer, he is one of a rare breed who has grossed multiple million pound plus movies at the box office. As a writer and director, his vision is the mark of a true genius. As a student of the business, Noel continues to be an inspiration to me and to millions of people.”
This year’s BUFF Awards ceremony is taking place at the London Montcalm Marble Arch hotel. This year’s renewal of the week-long British Urban Film Festival precedes the ceremony, beginning Sunday the 1st of September.
Anyiam-Osigwe wrote and directed No Shade as her feature directorial debut in 2018; She became only the 6th Black British female director to release a feature in UK cinemas. The race drama, which centres on the problematic issue of colourism, stars Adele Oni (Years and Years), Kadeem Pearse (Chewing Gum), Sharea Samuels, Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, Algie Salmon-Fattahian and Jade Asha (The Intent). The cast also includes Shone Romulus (Top Boy) and Judith Jacob (Eastenders). Oni plays the lead character, one of several Black British millenials in the storyline in pursuit of true love but who continually grapples with their self-identity.
No Shade is executive produced by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe for BUFF Originals. Andrew Eluka and Jesse Quinones serve as co-producers and Shantelle Rochester serves as associate producer for Ida Rose. No Shade premiered at the British Urban Film Festival on June the 5th last year and was released in UK and U.S cinemas last November.
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‘No Shade’, a raw, fresh take on race and colourism in the UK has scooped the African Diaspora Film Festival’s award for best film directed by a woman of colour. According to the jury, the drama from first-time director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe “…explores the hardships of the modern dating world through the dysmorphic presence of colourism as well as the fetishization of black women in a way that is tactful and honest“.
The winner of the Women of Colour Filmmaker Competition was announced last week after the conclusion of the 2018 NY African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF NYC). ‘No Shade’ was 1 of 6 feature length films directed by women of colour which received their New York premieres at the festival which ran from 23 November – 9 December.
The award win completes an impressive end to the year for Anyiam-Osigwe who was 1 of 4 Black British directors to release a feature film theatrically in the United States in 2018 with ‘No Shade’.
She also became the 6th Black British female director in over a century to release a feature film theatrically in the UK with ‘No Shade’.
“I’m truly honoured to receive this award just 10 months after shooting the film,” said Mrs Anyiam-Osigwe. It’s a testament of the hard work which has gone into this and it gives me great encouragement going forward in my journey as a film director“.
Watch Sky News interview here and book your Odeon tickets here: https://www.odeon.co.uk/films/no_shade/18216/
.@londonpost reports 8 British Films directed by women @billievee @tayodesanya @annettalaufer @guenmurroni @FranCastelbuono screening at 5 festivals with @buffenterprises Autumn 2018
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