British Urban Film Festival

We want to change the face of British film. We want it to reflect all of us, not just some of us. That’s why we're delighted to announce our new round of submissions for the 2019 British Urban Film Festival.

We have made great strides in the right direction since our launch in 2005. There's no reason why that shouldn't continue into the next decade. Across the film & TV industry, Britain’s filmmakers are much less diverse than Britain itself. And that can sometimes mean it’s much more of an effort to make films and TV programmes diverse, because they have to make an effort. This, in turn, is understandable.

What's not understandable is when opportunity is too often determined by who your friends are, and who you know. This in turn makes our talent pool less diverse. And it can mean sometimes that people from disadvantaged backgrounds can go to the cinema or turn on the TV and see nothing that they feel comfortable with. We know the feeling. That's why we set up BUFF.

At BUFF we know we have to go over and above the call of duty. Our board is represented by a cross section of individuals, young and old, black and white, male and female. Our submissions process for 2019 will once again open up a whole new range of opportunities for people to break into the industry as scriptwriters or filmmakers.

We care about how the UK is represented. We hope you feel the same way too.

Our team eagerly awaits your entry.

Awards & Prizes

Only shortlisted submissions will receive further emails or phone calls from the BUFF board after the final submission deadline passes. Correspondence will commence from 8 March 2019 onwards.

All shortlisted submissions must comply with the festival’s screening embargo guarantee.

This means that from 1st May – 6 July 2018, the film cannot be screened online, on-air, digitally or on any other theatrical platform in the UK.

DVD masters, 30″ x 40″ quad posters and DCP’s will be requested if submissions make the shortlist.

All shortlisted films will be eligible to win a British Urban Film Festival short film/feature film award in 2019.

All shortlisted films will be considered for theatrical distribution in sole conjunction with BUFF.


All scripts selected will be issued with a 2 year licensing deal to commit AAA Film and TV as a producer of the script if it gets produced.

The final shortlist of 3 scripts will be eligible to receive a British Urban Film Festival award in 2019.

Rules & Terms
Scripts: must be no less than 20 pages and no more than 90.

Drama/Documentary Films: must be no less than 40 minutes and no more than 120.

Short Films must be no less than 3 minutes and no more than 60.

All Music, Spoken Word, Dance & Moving Image videos must be no less than 3 minutes

The festival operates a no discount, no waiver policy.


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair