The 12th bfm International Film Festival 2015
2-5 July 2015
Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Published: Monday, June 1, 2015 8:27 AM
Looking for Love by Menelik Shabazz
Looking for Love by Menelik Shabazz

Black Film Maker (bfmiff2015) Official Films represent a range of filmmaking talent from around the Globe

The bfmiff2015 12th Edition has announced its official programme, a strong schedule of films, documentaries and shorts, reflecting the diverse array of black film making talent internationally and in the UK. The screenings mark bfmiff2015's dedication to support independent film. The festival runs from the Thurs 2nd to Sun 5th July ‘15 at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre (BGAC) in London.

The bfmiff2015 includes films from the USA, Europe, Africa, Caribbean, and South America, including features, documentaries and animation alongside industry led workshops and seminars. The bfm festival, which started in 1998/99 is the longest running black independent film festival in the UK.

bfmiff2015 will screen a selection of films, shorts, features and documentaries a celebration of artistic excellence bringing together filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts to engage in an empowering world cinema experience, enlightening the work of the independent filmmaker.

bfmiff2015 opens on 2nd July with the documentary “Looking for Love” by pioneer film director/producer and bfmiff2015 festival founder Menelik Shabazz.

It is an intimate and no holds barred look at black male/female relationships. Interviews with individuals, groups, psychotherapists and comedians shed light on sex, love, intimacy and self-love.

Menelik Shabazz: “It was so important and still is important that we watch films that represent our cultural experience. In the UK we are limited in the types of films we are exposed to. The films we see are mainly out of black Hollywood and they represent a small part of the range of films that are being made. So many films are being produced around the world and the bfm International Film Festival is the place where we bring these unseen gems to UK audiences.”

bfmiff2015 official selection include:

  • ‘American Beatboxer' Dir: Manauvaskar Kublall, 2013 Pro:Richard McKeown, this film documents one of the most neglected genres of Hip Hop culture and places it in its rightful place in Hip Hop history as well as an American art form. Soundtrack is provided by hip-hop legends like Jarobi White of A Tribe Called Quest

  • ‘On My Own’ Dir: by Rachel Miller-Bradshaw (2011) USA An eye-opening documentary that shatters the stigma of single motherhood. Through conversations with single mothers, fathers, community leaders and family experts, the documentary offers another facade to the one-sided image of single.

  • Faroeste Caboclo Brazil 2013 dir: Rene Sampaio crime drama based on the song of the same name by Brazilian Rock band Legiao Urbana. The film was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema selection at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

  • Afua’s Diary UK 2014 dir: Ben Owusu falling in love is complicated! In this comedy drama Afua’s complicated life threatens her new found love

Short films include “The Legend of Nyong Hills" Dir: Kwame Nyongo, Kenya and “The Mango Tree” dir: Ted Sandiford St Lucia.

Festival tickets will go on sale soon please check

bfmiff2015, Black Film, Cinema, Film Festival, Ghana, Immigration, Independent Film, Love, Romance 15th May 2015

Info: bfmiff2015 schedule is available on Festival updates will be on the website. Follow: #bfmiff or

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