In what is the biggest shake-up to its organisation, the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) has announced star signings of 8 new board members and patrons including 2 new scripts.
Adam Deacon, Mo Ali & Femi Oyeniran are amongst the new names joining the board as part of a new-look reshuffle to the organisation that was formed 10 years ago.
Headlining the list of appointments is BAFTA award winning actor Adam Deacon. The Kidulthood and Adulthood star joins other BAFTA award winners on the board; including film producers Charlie Hanson and Damian Jones. Director Mo Ali also joins the BUFF board, having premiered his most recent feature ‘Montana’ at BUFF back in 2014.
Actor and director Femi Oyeniran, whose directorial debut ‘Fresh off the boat’ was screened at BUFF back in 2009, is also joining the team. Oyeniran first came to prominence starring alongside Adam Deacon and Aml Ameen in Kidulthood back in 2006.
Completing the line-up is Sue Caro (former senior diversity manager at the BBC), and 4 more UK-based actors including Clint Dyer, Lateef Lovejoy, Aaron Fontaine plus actress and filmmaker Kyla Frye.
Amongst the script judges for the 2016 scriptwriting competition are Donna Marie Dowe and Babi Isako. The latter devised ‘Venus vs Mars’ – the romantic comedy web series which was picked up for broadcast on Sky Living earlier this year.
Speaking after the announcements, director of BUFF, Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe said: “I am absolutely thrilled to go into 2016 with the best roster of talent ever assembled in the history of BUFF. I’m delighted to welcome Adam Deacon, Mo Ali & Femi Oyeniran to the BUFF family, a family that already includes Aml Ameen, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh and some of the best business brains in the country.”
“I am proud that our board and our festival reflect the creative diversity that we have in the UK. With the bar firmly raised, BUFF is the place to be for the next several years and it’s the film festival that every filmmaker wants to be a part of”.