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CLARE ANYIAM-OSIGWE :
Clare Anyiam-Osigwe BEM is an award-winning film director and screenwriter, and former lead script judge and co-chair of BAFTA, BIFA, AMAA accredited British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) which streams on Apple TV and Bohemia Euphoria. Her directorial debut feature NO SHADE secured international theatrical release making Clare just the 6th black British woman to secure cinematic distribution in 2018. A romantic drama, it has been streamed over 16 million times on Amazon Prime. In 2018, Clare was commissioned by The Voice Newspaper to produce and direct a short documentary, WINDRUSH STORIES celebrating 70 years of the first Caribbean settlers to the U.K. In 2020, she was approached by HBO Max to write and develop TV projects. Clare’s sophomore film FINDING FOREVER (starring Tim Reid, Arnold Oceng and Femi Oyeniran) goes into production in 2023.
Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe MBE is the founder of the BAFTA accredited British Urban Film Festival formed in 2005.
In December 2019 it was announced in the 2020 New Year’s honours list that he was to be awarded with an MBE for services to the Black and Minority Ethnic film industry. He received his medal from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in March 2020.
In a career which has spanned 20 years to date, Emmanuel has worked for Channels Television News in London, BFM (Black Filmmaker Magazine), and the Screen Nation awards, has written for both The Voice newspaper and The TV Collective, and has also produced and presented film programmes for Colourful Radio. He was previously headhunted for the post of head of cinema at the Barbican.
He founded the British Urban Film Festival in July 2005 to showcase urban independent cinema in the absence of any such state-sponsored activity in the UK (at the time). To date, the festival has screened over 500 films, facilitating broadcast platforms for a majority of Black and urban independent writers, actors, actresses, producers and directors on Apple TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, the BBC i-player, Channel 4, Community Channel (now Together TV), Showcase TV and London Live. In October 2020, the festival was granted BAFTA qualifying status for British Short Films.
In February 2018, he co-founded BUFF Originals, launched to act as the production and distribution arm of the British Urban Film Festival. Its’ debut feature – NO SHADE – was released in UK cinemas in November 2018, making director Clare Anyiam-Osigwe the 6th Black British female director (to date) to secure theatrical distribution in over 120 years. In December 2020, Clare (his wife) won an African Movie Academy award for NO SHADE. Emmanuel is Executive Producer for FINDING FOREVER starring Tim Reid, Arnold Oceng and Femi Oyeniran and also his own debut ABSOLUTELY MARVELLOUS, a documentary profiling heavyweight boxer, Joe Joyce’s blind mother, Marvel Opara.