Organisers of the BAFTA-recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival have today announced that Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe is to join its’ jury panel in 2018. ASFF screens over 300 films across 11 genres with each category having an overall winner decided by the jury from nominations put forward by the festival’s team of programmers. The festival’s eighth edition will take place in iconic venues across the City of York from 7-11 November 2018.
Anyiam-Osigwe is the director of the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) which he founded in 2005 having previously worked for the BFM (Black Filmmaker Magazine) International Film Festival and the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards. To date, the festival has screened over 500 films, securing broadcast platforms for BAME and urban independent writers, actors, actresses, producers and directors on the BBC i-player, Channel 4, Community Channel, SKY and London Live.
In September 2015, BUFF launched its’ own awards and honours system to showcase creative talent that has been championed by the festival.
In 2016, BUFF was ranked as the top film festival for diversity for audiences to attend in the world. In 2017, the BUFF awards, which are hosted annually, was broadcast live on Facebook.
In addition to the festival, Anyiam-Osigwe is presenter of the film show ‘Meet The Critics’ on Colourful Radio. The first series, which aired last summer, attracted over a million listeners across the 12 weeks it was broadcast.