TheOrator.Press: Events Dear Boy, Events! The British Urban Film Festival ~ December 2021~

Members of The Great & The Good From The Black British Film Industry Returned To The Red Carpet In Person This Year After Last Year’s Lockdown Online BUFF Awards Ceremony. They Were Creative Durin’ Covid & Now Lookin’ Good In The Flesh, Buzzin’ With Love & Positivity At The 6th Year of This Glamourous Event

Kay Burley of Sky News Emergin’ As An Unlikely Ally To Black Talent

Friday December 10 2021 Saw The New Director of BUFF (The Black Urban Film Festival) Justin Chinyere @jcxappeal Showcase What He’s Made of And His Dedication To Creative Film Talent As He Steered The In- Person Event For The First Time Since Assumin’ The Role Last Year. Frankly He Looked The Part And Appropriately Buff Himself In A Fine Black Suit, Dress Shirt & Dress Shoes. We Caught Up With Him For A Chat To Find Out How He Achieved His New Role And What The Event Means To Him. Listen To Our ‘Pod On A Page’ Right Here.

New BUFF Director Justin Chinyere On How Tech Skills Helped Him Achieve His New Role & What BUFF Is About From His Perspective

Emmanuel Anyiam Osigwe, Founder of BUFF Featured In A Sky News Interview With @KayBurley The Week Before Where They Discussed The Upcomin’ Event, His Love of TV & Film, His Love of His Daughters & Also How He May Sometimes Have To Explain To Them How TV & Film References Have Changed In Recent Times Compared To What Was Acceptable Before. Good To See Him There On Mainstream News Media Garnerin’ Support (http://BritishUrbanFilmFestival.Co.Uk).

Even Though She Is Considered In Some Quarters To Be Sometimes Stern, Controversial, And Marmite-esque, It Is Notable That On Her Breakfast Show (Sky News 7pm – 10pm) She Has Recently Hosted A Number of Guests From The Global Majority Community – TGMC – (Incidentally TGMC Is An Expression Preferred By Diversity & Inclusion Expert Shereen Daniels Who Says The Term BAME Is Comparatively Disempowerin’). Burley Has Come Across As Genuinely Interested And Engaged In What They Have To Say And Willin’ To Learn From Members of The Positive Black Community About The Positive Community. Dame Dick Could Learn A Thing Or Two (…Only If of Course She Was Sufficiently Interested To Do So And Worth Her Salt And Had The Vision To Find It Particularly Helpful)!

This Does Not Negate Burley’s Loaded And Repetitive Comments About Meghan Duchess of Sussex And Her Mother Durin’ Her Coverage of Harry & Meghan’s Weddin’ Day (Particularly As Only A Matter of Days Earlier She Led A 100 Women Campaign Focused On Bein’ Supportive of Strong Women – And Didn’t See Particularly Supportive of Meghan Nor Her Mother On The Day -), But As Far As Post Floyd Change And Inclusion Goes Her Efforts Are Evident And Appreciated At This Critical Time of Transformation In Black British History. Sky Arts Have Been Notably Good Too. Some May Say Politics And Art Don’t Mix. But History Tells Us They Do. For Instance When President Abraham Lincoln Emancipated The Enslaved People Stolen From AfricaFor Free Labour. Shortly Afterwards He Was Asassinated By A Hate Filled White Supremacist, Whilst Watchin’ A Play In A Theatre. Let’s Keep It Real!

BUFF! Bold! Beautiful!

Love Is In The Air…To Help Counter Covid

The Ever Dapper Comedian Mr Cee @MrCeeTheComedian Was On Site & On Hand To Support The Event And Present An Award. Resplendant In Fine Black Tie, Dress Shirt & Bespoke Handmade Italian Dress Shoes, He, As Always, Added A Touch of Class To The Proceedings. As One of The Finest Orators On The Black Entertainment Scene, We Caught Up With Him For A Quick Chat And As Ever He Had Some Powerful Words of Wisdom. See This Month’s ‘TheOrator.Press Comedy & Jest’ Page.

We Also Spoke To Event Sponsors ‘KAMO’ Vodka Represented By Events Mangager Jamie Winchester, Who Drove Down From Wales Especially For The Event. A Quiet Yet Cool, Hip Hop Afficionado, Entrepreneur And Literally Music’s Original Rag n’ Bone Man. He Also Just So Happens To Be The Business Partner of Hip Hop Princess, Olay Beauty Ambassodor And Former Dancing On Ice Contestant Lady Leshurr See This Month’s TheOrator.Press Business Interview Page.

We Also Spoke To Commercial Model, Former C-ITV Presenter & Now Portuguese Radio DJ @lindae, Who Was Reportin’ From The Red Carpet For BUFF; Girls About Peckham Founder Natalie Worgs ( Who Is Also A Stylist & Lectures Part Time At The LCF; And The Recipient of The Best Short Film Award Amaya Owen Rowlands @prettyloudproductions For The Gospel According To Gail Which She Produced With Celia Legard. The Big Winner of The Night Was Film Director Duaine Carma Roberts, Whose Film Navy Saw Him Win The Best Director Award, Best Feature Film Award And A Best Actress Award For Ophelia J Wisdom. Listen To Our ‘Pods On A Page’ Below.

Director Duaine Shared Some Insight Into How Covid Stirred His Creative Juices Durin’ Lockdown. As Did Producer & Writer Amaya Owen Rowlands, Who Along With Colleague Celia Legard, Found Her Own Film Makin’ Feet After Bein’ Furlough, Interestingly, Duaine Explains That He Was Particularly Keen To Make A Film About Black Love & Positivity In The Mist of Covid As An Anti-dote To The Misery of The Pandemic.

Although The Team Were Not In The House On The Night, This Did Bring To Mind Aml Ameen’s Boxin’ Day Movin’ Which Had It’s Premiere Earlier This Month And Is Britian’s First Black Rom-Com. The Movie Stars The Producer Himself & Pop Princess Leigh-Anne Pinnock From Little Mix. There Must Be Something In The Air…Apart From Covid! Indeed It’s Love. Love Is In The Air This Year, As People Endeavour To Keep Their Spirits Up.

It Was A Great Event. First Time Attendin’. Definitely Would Attend Again. And I Met Some Fantastic People There As Well.

Natalie worgs ~ founder & editor of girls about peckham (

There Was A Very Special Honorary Award For The late Pioneerin’ Film Producer Melenik Shabazz. Plus There Were Various Other Awards on The Night. Get The Details Here.

Honorary Award


Menelik Shabazz


Menelik Shabazz Was Born In St John’s Barbados May 1954 And Passed Away In Zimbabwe June 2021. He Was A Movie Maestro.

Mr Cee Presented A Posthumous Honorary Award With Respect To Menelik Shabazz The Pioneerin’ Film Maker & The Co Founder of  
Black Filmmaker Magazine (BFM) Who Passed Away In June 2021, Aged Just 67. 
It Was Received On Behalf of The Director’s Family By Actor & Poet By Victor Richards Who Was Visibly Moved To Tears On Receivin’ The Honour On Behalf of His Beloved & Iconic Film Producer Peer.

BUFF Founder Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe Paid Tribute On The Night Havin’ Started His Own Film Career At Black Filmmaker Magazine Circa Twenty Years Ago. Tributes Also Came From Jonte Richardson, Executive Producer of the Screen Nation Black British Film and Television Awards; 
Brian Bovell (Burning an Illusion); 
Judith Jacob (The Story of Lovers Rock); 
Dotun Adebayo (Writer & Broadcaster); 
Eddie Kadi (Looking for Love); 
Donna Spence (Looking for Love) And Mr Cee (Looking for Love). A Short Retrospective Film Lookin’ At His Life & Work, Included His 2015 Ground-breakin’ Documentary ‘Looking For Love’, About Relationships & Intimacy Within The Black Community.

Best Script Award

Joint Winners

Clare Anyiam-Osigwe Presented The Award For Best Script To Three Joint Winners In A Very Democratic & Diplomatic BUFF Decision Which Declared All Three Entrants Joint Winners.

1: Ben Johnson Day By Kerena Merchant

2: Six Triple Eight By Mary McCallum

3: You I Found By Kate Watson-Cougle

The 16th BUFF Sat Dec 4 To Fri Dec 10 2021 Included Live Screenings, Script Readings, And Online Streaming. The Award Ceremony Was The Climax of The Week. Renaissance Studios Brixton, Bohemia Media Through Bohemia Euphoria, Apple TV And Buff Connects All Combined To Make It A Huge Diversity In Film Success.

Best Short Film


James Webber Presented The Best Short Film Award To Amaya Owen Rowlands For The Gospel According to Gail

Amaya Owen Rowlands On Findin’ Her Film Makin’ Feet Durin’ Furlough,


1: Baby Boy (Director Greg Hall)

2: Officer Down (Director Simon Pearce)

3: Just Delivered (Director Rosie Gaunt-Mathieson)

4: The Gospel According to Gail (Director Florence Winter-Hill)

Writer & Producer Amaya Owen Rowlands On BUFF

The Blessing Anyiam-Osigwe Award:

Best Actress


Ruby Barker (of Bridgerton Fame) Presented The Award For Best Actress To Ophelia J Wisdom For Her Role In Navy. Such Is Her Dedication To BUFF That She Travelled All The Way Down From Leeds And Back Again To Do So. Now There Indeed Is A Woman of Subtance. Ruby Actually Won The BUFF Best Actress Award Last Year.


1: Ophelia J Wisdom (Navy)

2: Ava Ghir (Unintentionhell)

3: Bukky Bakray (The Gospel According to Gail)

4: Maia Watkins (Just Delivered)

Best Actor


David Ajala Presented The Award For Best Actor To George Russo For Baby Boy


1: Rez Kabir (Unintentionhell)

2: Martin Delaney (Officer Down)

3: Emiko (Navy)

4: George Russo (Baby Boy)

” Keep Beatin’ The Drum! “

The Late Menelik shabazz

Best Director


Arnold Oceng Presented The Award For Best Director To Duaine Carma Roberts For Navy


1: Navy (Director Duaine Carma Roberts)

2: Unintentionhell (Director Balbeer Bahl)

3: I Want Out (Director Samuel Adigun)

4: Black Mail (Director Obi Emelonye)

Winner Duaine Carma Roberts On Watchin’ Inspirational Sunsets In Lockdown, Black Love, & Feelin’ Connected To Ossie Osborne
Photo: Birmingham Open Spaces Forum. Sunset Perry Hill Park

The Victor Adebodun Award:

Best Feature


Arnold Oceng Presented The Best Feature Film Award To Duaine Carma Roberts For Navy


1: Navy (Director Duaine Carma Roberts)

2: Unintentionhell (Director Balbeer Bahl)

3: I Want Out (Director Samuel Adigun)

4: Black Mail (Director Obi Emelonye)

Best Documentary


Stephan Pierre Mitchell And Andre Fyffe Jointly Presented The Award For Best Documentary Which Went To Ultraviolence


1: Ultraviolence (Director Ken Fero)

2: Black Creative (Director Meena Ayittey)

3: Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power (Director Abby Ginzberg)

4: Ain’t Your Mama’s Heatwave (Director Elijah Karriem)

The Event Was Sponsored By KAMO Vodka Which Is Part Owned By Lady Leshurr. Administrator Amirah With Her Glamorous Friend & Film Expert Clare Anyiam Osigwe. Actor, Writer & Director Femi Oyeniran Hosted The Event Which Was Held At The Peckhamplex Cinema Theatre, Rye Lane, South London. The Bold & The Beautiful Were In Town.

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