2016 British Urban Film Festival

The 2016 British Urban Film Festival begins on Wednesday  September 14, with the World Premiere of “To Dream” starring Adam Deacon, Diana Vickers, Ed Hayter & Freddie Thorp, at Odeon Camden Town, directed by newcomer Nicole Albarelli.

Ed Hayter and Freddie Thorp star as two self-destructive teenagers who won’t let anything come between their friendship and their ultimate plan, but when dysfunctional family life becomes intolerable, loyalty leads one to make a choice that will change their lives forever.

Adam Deacon (Anuvahood) and previous X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers also star in the Neo-noir drama from first-time director Nicole Albarelli, born in Baltimore but now residing in London. The movie marks the screen debut of Freddie Thorp who has just completed filming for upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Overdrive, starring alongside Sean Eastwood, son of actor Clint Eastwood. To Dream also marks Adam Deacon’s return to the big screen after a 2 year hiatus. Deacon won the BAFTA rising star award in 2012.

Another first time director Kenneth ‘Demus’ Pascall makes his official debut in the festival on Tuesday September 20 with the closing night film,  “Residential” a London based drama about Jamaicans and the world of crime and consequences. Former BBC Radio 1 DJ, Chris Goldfinger, is amongst the films’ producers.

BUFF’s stellar line-up of presenters include Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Metro), Chizzy Akudolu (Holby City), Danny Leigh (Film 2016), Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, Andrew Castle (Broadcaster), Paulette Harris-German, Kingpin, Shay D, Jacqueline Shepherd (Sky), Travis Jay, Akua Gyamfi (The British Blacklist) and Abrantee Boateng (Capital Xtra).

Other highlights include the 2nd annual British Urban Film Festival awards, 3 Nights of Short Film Screenings, and 2 Days of Free events.

The 2016 British Urban Film Festival runs from 14-20 September. Here’s the full schedule:

ALL FILMS ARE RATED 15. ADULT DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER:
“TO DREAM” (UK & WORLD PREMIERE)
(OPENING NIGHT GALA HOSTED BY LARUSHKA IVAN-ZADEH WITH Q&A)
ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 7.00 – 10.00PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER:
THE BUFF 2016 LIVE SCRIPT READINGS (AT CHANNEL 4)
“IMAGINE THIS” BY SADE ADENIRAN
“LIVERPOOL 81” BY SAM BENJAMIN
“ADAPT OR DIE” BY ADRIEL LEFF
3 X 20 MINUTE PERFORMANCES HOSTED BY JACQUELINE SHEPHERD WITH Q&A
(FREE VIA ONLINE BOOKING)
CHANNEL 4 HEADQUARTERS, 124-126 HORSEFERRY ROAD, SW1P 2TX. 1.00 – 3.00PM

THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER:
“QUESTIONABLE PREJUDICE” + “ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS”
(DOUBLE HEADER HOSTED BY ABRANTEE BOATENG WITH Q&A)
ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 5.00 – 7.00PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER:
“PANIC” (HOSTED BY ABRANTEE BOATENG WITH Q&A)
ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 8.00 – 10.00PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER: THE BUFF 2016 ACTORS BOOTCAMP (WITH WIL JOHNSON)
TALK + MASTERCLASS HOSTED BY CLARE ANYIAM-OSIGWE WITH Q&A
(FREE VIA ONLINE BOOKING)
CHANNEL 4 HEADQUARTERS, 124-126 HORSEFERRY ROAD, SW1P 2TX. 11.00AM – 2.00PM

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER: LOVE SHORTS
(HOSTED BY CLARE & EMMANUEL ANYIAM-OSIGWE WITH Q&A)
1. “ROOM MATES”
2. “THE TINDER PROBLEM”
3. “AND THEN THERE WAS NOTHING”
4. “NEW MESSAGE”
5. “BLIGHTY BFF”
6. “NO GUARANTEE”
7. “SWIPING MR RIGHT”
8. “SIGNS OF SILENCE”
9. “A MANNER OF SPEAKING”
10. “LOVE AND MORE IMPORTANT THINGS”
ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 4.00 – 6.00PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER:
“EMOTIONAL BACKGAMMON” + “LOVESWAG”
(DOUBLE HEADER HOSTED BY CHIZZY AKUDOLU WITH Q&A)
ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 6.30 – 11.00PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER
“THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI”
(ENCORE TRIBUTE SCREENING HOSTED BY DANNY LEIGH WITH Q&A)
ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 2.00 – 4.00PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER:
“TAKING THE PLUNGE” + “DIVIDED TIME” + “BUT NOT FOR ME”
(TRIPLE HEADER OF AMERICAN FILMS HOSTED BY PAULETTE HARRIS-GERMAN WITH Q&A) ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 4.00 – 7.30PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

SATURDAY 17 SEPTEMBER: SATURDAY NIGHT SHORTS
(HOSTED BY EMMANUEL ANYIAM-OSIGWE & PAULETTE HARRIS-GERMAN WITH Q&A)
1. SOLDIER
2. TOWN VS GOWN
3. CATFACE
4. DIEMBE
5. LUCID
6. COVER ME
7. AMUKTA
8.THE BACKSEAT
9. THE LIGHTS
10. THE KING
11. AWOL
ODEON CAMDEN TOWN, PARKWAY, NW1. 8.00 – 11.00PM (£15)
ALSO INCLUDES AFTERPARTY AT THE JAZZ CAFE

SUNDAY 18 SEPTEMBER: THE BUFF AWARDS 2016 (SPONSORED BY BBC FILMS)
HOSTED BY ADAM DEACON & FEMI OYENIRAN
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS HEATHER SMALL & WIL JOHNSON
HILTON HOTEL TOWER BRIDGE, TOOLEY STREET, SE1. 4.00PM – 1.00AM
(£139 PER PERSON)

MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER:
MONDAY NIGHT SHORTS (HOSTED BY KINGPIN & SHAY D WITH Q&A)
“CHILD IN THEIR EYES”
“5 MINUTES”
“GUN IN A TRAINER BOX”
“GHOSTS IN TIME”
“HYSTERIA”
“HUSH”
“LIFELINE”
“THE FIGHTING IRISH”
“THREE MINUTE WARNING”
“LAST LEG”
ODEON SWISS COTTAGE, FINCHLEY ROAD, NW3, 7.00 – 10.00PM (£15)

TUESDAY 20 SEPTEMBER: ALTHEA + RESIDENTIAL (DOUBLE HEADER)
“ALTHEA” – HOSTED BY ANDREW CASTLE
“RESIDENTIAL” (UK & WORLD PREMIERE)
CLOSING NIGHT GALA HOSTED BY AKUA GYAMFI & TRAVIS JAY WITH Q&A
ODEON SWISS COTTAGE, FINCHLEY ROAD, NW3. 7.00 – 11.00PM (£15)

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