The British Urban Film Festival has today announced the nominations for its annual BUFF Awards, honouring the very best on-screen and off-screen talent showcased at the British Urban Film Festival. This year’s ceremony will be held at The Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge, London on Sunday 18 September and will be hosted for the first time by BAFTA Winner Adam Deacon and Femi Oyeniran.
Leading the way with four nominations are Second Coming and Invisible Men. Both London based movies mark the directorial debuts of Debbie Tucker Green and Meshack Enahoro respectively and were shown as part of BUFF's coverage in 2015. Second Coming is nominated in the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Movie categories. Invisible Men is nominated in the Best Actor, Best Emerging Talent, Best Director and Best Movie categories.
Following closely with three nominations are: Lapse of Honour, a gritty feature length drama set in Moss Side, Manchester and the eponymous short film Beverley, set in 1980's Leicester.
Montana, the second feature from Somali-British director Mo Ali, receives two nominations, as does For His Sake, the short film directed by British-based Frenchman Louis Lagayette.
A number of short films which screened at BUFF in 2015 have 1 nomination each: Stealing Moses; Sheila; Murder Capital; Shadows; Out and The Good Son.
BUFF has also announced that actor of stage and screen Wil Johnson will receive the Special Honorary Award at the ceremony. Johnson is being recognised for a 31 year career across a diverse range of productions on stage, on television and in the cinema including Waking The Dead, Babyfather, Emotional Backgammon, Disoriented Generation, Emmerdale and King Lear.
The British Urban Film Festival Awards recognises talent across 7 different categories whose work was showcased by BUFF between September 2014 and and September 2015: Emerging Talent; Script Talent; Best Short Film; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Director; and Best Movie.
The winners will be announced at the ceremony on 18 September with live music from Heather Small of M People.
The nominations for the British Urban Film Festival Awards in 2016 have been announced (See the nominations list below).
BEST SHORT FILM:
"For His Sake (dir. Louis Lagayette)
"Beverley" (dir. Alexander Thomas)
"The Good Son" (dir. Tomisin Adepeju)
"Sheila" (dir. Vicki Kisner)
"Lapse of Honour"
Vicky Mcclure ("Beverley")
Lady Leshurr ("Lapse of Honour")
Vikki Earle ("For His Sake")
Nadine Marshall ("Second Coming")
Emmanuel Imani ("Invisible Men")
Idris Elba ("Second Coming")
Mohammed George ("Murder Capital")
Shone Romulus ("Out")
BEST SCRIPT TALENT: (Winners to be announced on 4 July)
BEST EMERGING TALENT:
Leya Lewis ("Beverley")
Joseph Marshall ('Stealing Moses")
Johnny Sachon ("Shadows")
Abrantee Boateng ("Invisible Men")
Meshack Enahoro ("Invisible Men")
Rayna Campbell ("Lapse of Honour")
Second Coming ("Debbie Tucker Green")
Mo Ali ("Montana")