FILMMAKING HUSBAND AND WIFE DUO, EMMANUEL AND CLARE ANYIAM-OSIGWE
Emmanuel and Clare Anyiam-Osigwe are a soaring filmmaking power couple and together they are breaking barriers and establishing new standards in filmmaking in the UK.
In 2005 Emmanuel founded the British Urban Film Festival, BUFF. It is a film festival that showcases urban independent cinema. Though founded and hosted in the United Kingdom, BUFF has grown to have partners across Europe in Holland and Germany in addition to its substantial growth in the UK via television partnerships among others.
When asked about the inception of BUFF Emanuel states: “After visiting the 2005 Urban Music Awards in London, the same year Akon and Will Smith performed, the penny dropped. That is, if there is an Urban Music ceremony run successfully by Prince Charles, why couldn’t someone black do it and maintain the same high standard of content, output and production. Thus BUFF was born and we’re now going into our 14th year.”
Clare holds an acting and directing degree from Brunel University and has been the the marketing director at BUFF for the past three years. She says of BUFF: “Thanks to institutions like BUFF, black and working class independent filmmakers have an exhibition platform to showcase their films, establish an audience and build their filmmaking network.”
BUFF has also produced original film content including the romantic comedy/drama, No Shade, written and directed by Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, Emmanuels’ wife. No Shade deals particularly with skin complexion. Jade is a successful freelance photographer who falls in love with her best friend of 10 years and the phenomenon that keeps them from happiness is her complexion and skin tone. Her shade!