One of the UK’s leading private film schools, Met Film, has announced a new partnership with the British Urban Film Festival. Situated next to the iconic Ealing Studios in West London, the school will host 3 days of film and scriptwriting workshop labs plus the annual Live BUFF Script Readings which has previously been staged at Channel 4 and the BT Tower.
In 2018, Met Film School made a significant contribution to BUFF’s first feature film, ‘No Shade’, taking on 5 students who worked on set and also at the film festival.
Jesse Quinones, who co-produced ‘No Shade’, also has ties to the festival having screened his first feature ‘Calloused Hands’ in Leicester Square at BUFF 2013. Quinones – who has taught at Met Film School – also won best film and best director at the inaugural BUFF awards in 2015.
In a statement, Jonny Persey, director at Met Film said: ‘We are delighted to be partnering with the British Urban Film Festival. BUFF’s commitment to working with and supporting emerging filmmakers echoes our own ethos of developing and nurturing a new generation of creative screen professionals and entrepreneurs. We are proud to be working alongside an organization that is championing independent urban cinema and which is cutting through the artificial boundaries that exist in society and which so often get in the way of such brilliant cultural endeavours and their intended audiences. Within this context, we are pleased to share our expertise in content creation and film production with BUFF, its supporters and guests’.
The labs – taking place from 2-4 September – include ‘How to shoot a feature film using a mobile phone’ with Cassius Rayner, ‘How to budget and produce a feature film’ with Shantelle Rochester and ‘Scriptwriting: completing your first feature film script’ with Clare Anyiam-Osigwe. The BUFF Live Script Readings take place on Thursday 5 September. The 3 winning scripts (to be performed as 20 minute pieces) are ‘Loyalty’ – written by Jo Southwell, ‘Raped’ – written by Malcolm Solomon and ‘Asylum’ by Eno Enefiok.