Black International Film Festival Comes to Birmingham

The 10th Black International Film Festival is delighted to announce its programme of live screenings and events in Birmingham, UK from 24th – 29th October.

The 10th Black International Film Festival (BIFF) is delighted to announce its programme of live screenings and events in Birmingham, UK from 24th – 29th October 2016.

Submissions have been received from all over the world, as far as the Middle East, the Caribbean and the US.  Chosen submissions are being screened throughout the festival and on BIFF digital, the festival’s online platform.

The Festival celebrates local filmmakers as well as International talent.  Live screening events start on Monday 24th October at The Crescent Theatre, with the documentary film Nathan East: For The Record by Filmmaker Chris Gero, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes of one of the most influential bass players in modern music.  We will also be screening From Noya by local director Daniel Anderson.  Birmingham directors Duaine Roberts and Theo Johnson also have short films which been selected.

This year’s festival also includes a Special Presentation at the Everyman Mailbox Cinema on Wednesday 26th Oct. BIFF has secured a Birmingham Premiere of The Pass, by Ben A. Williams (Director) and Producer Duncan Kenworthy (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually).  The film, a story of a closeted gay premier league footballer, has been a global hit on the festival circuit and recently secured a distribution deal, for general release in December.

Festival screenings close on Thursday 27th October at The Crescent Theatre with the feature, Everything But A Man, by Nnegest Likke.  The US filmmaker will be flying in to discuss the challenges which strong, independent women face in relationships.

Finalist films have been nominated for the BIF Festival’s awards program and winners will be announced at the star studded Movie Video and Screen Awards (MViSA) at the ICC, Birmingham on 29th October 2016. The Festival awards Best Feature or Documentary, and Best Short.

Over the last nine years the Black International Film Festival and MViSA Awards has grown into a well know established event in the city’s social calendar, continuing to attract industry professionals from across the world. This year the festival will again be promoting its new online platform, BIFF Digital, which will host screenings from 17th October. This initiative is part of the Festival’s strategy to increase accessibility within its programme.

Talking about this year’s festival, Festival Director Sheryl Miller says: “It’s been an exciting10th year, and the first for us as a Festival team.  Our main aim was to showcase films that truly reflect the broad spectrum of a diverse, multi-cultural society and show people of colour in a different light to that often portrayed by Mainstream Hollywood.  Hopefully, we’ve achieved that”

For further information about the Black International Film Festival and for film submissions, please visit: https://Biffestival.vhx.tv