Winners announced for 2022 BUFF Awards

Winners announced for 2022 BUFF Awards

This year’s 8th annual British Urban Film Festival awards took place at Rich Mix in East London and was the climax to BUFF 2022 – the UK’s premier film showcase for diversity and representation (established by Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe MBE in 2005). Actor, writer and director Femi Oyeniran (The Evolution of Black British Music) hosted proceedings alongside co-presenter Mosique Lavontelle (MLavontellePresents, The Hotlist UK). 

This year’s BUFF honorary award was presented by producer/director Don Omope (Makate Must Sell, TATU, The Wedding Party) and received by prolific British Nigerian filmmaker Obi Emelonye in recognition of his 20+ years contribution to cinema with films including Black Mail, The Mirror Boy, Oxford Gardens and Badamasi.


Best Short Film Award – nominees

·       My Jerome (dir: Adjani Salmon)
·       Dysphoria (dir: Yennis Cheung)
·       Fifty Four Days (dir: Cat White & Phoebe Torrance) – WINNER
·       Puzzled Path (dir: Kenneth Ma)

The Blessing Anyiam-Osigwe Best Actress Award – nominees

·       Shin-Fei Chen (Dysphoria)
·       Sophie Cartman (Four O’Clock Flowers) – WINNER
·       Kelise Gordon (Long Walk Home)
·       Ledisi (Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story)

Best Actor – nominees

·       Nicholas Pinnock (Can I Help?) – WINNER
·       Kelechi Udegbe (Collision Course)
·       Wil Johnson (The Track)
·       Bally Gill (Bus Driver)

The Victor Adebodun Best Feature Film Award – nominees

·       The Wife and her House Husband (dir: Marcus Markou) – WINNER
·       Donkey Dust (dir: Kit Akinluyi)
·       Four O’Clock Flowers (dir: Peter Callow)
·       Pattern (dir: Ivan Madeira)

Best Documentary (sponsored by PBS) – nominees

·       Buddleia – The Unchained Story (dir: Tracy Kiryango) – WINNER
·       Fenom (dir:  Kayla Johnson)
·       Hostile (dir: Sonita Gale)
·       Black Daddy: The Movie (dir: Damon Jamal Taylor)

Best International Film – nominees

·       Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story (dir: Denise Dowse) – WINNER
·       Collision Course (dir: Bolanle Austen-Peters)
·       Child of The Occult ( dir: Adesola Sunday Oyin-Adejobi, Isaac Oluwole Olaleye)

Best Soundtrack – nominees

·       Silent World (dir. Charlie Dennis) – WINNER
·       When the Rain sets in (dir. James Hughes)
·       Wetin Man Go Do (dir. Lukas Zeickner)
·       Remember Me – The Mahalia Jackson Story (dir: Denise Dowse)

Best Live Script Award – 3 recipients 

·       Helen Alexis Yonov (Burden of Light) – WINNER
·       Stephen Graham (I’m a Gun) – WINNER
·       Hecham Elhajoui (War Criminal) – WINNER

The British Urban Film Festival Honorary Award recipient:

Obi Emelonye

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