Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK. To mark it, we're celebrating a range of UK film organisations doing great work all year round to bring Black film to audiences in innovative ways.

Rocks (2019) directed by Sarah Gavron, screened by Bounce Cinema.

Bounce Cinema

Bounce is a community helping audiences discover and connect with the world of film.

Through a programme of screenings, talks and workshops, Bounce brings thousands of people together to celebrate cinema.

We especially love that this indie organisation reinvests a percentage of time and resources into supporting new and emerging talent.

Find Bounce on Twitter @bouncecinema

The New Black Film Collective

A network of film exhibitors, educators and programmers spread across the UK, The New Black Film Collective started as a training programme back in 2008 supported by Skillset, Film London and the London Development Agency.

Their mission is to grow the Black media sector and become a resource for filmmakers and film lovers. They offer a range of services, including hosting screenings that matter to the local community. 

Find The New Black Film Collective on Twitter @TNBFC

Caramel Film Club

A lively club celebrating films starring and directed by Black talent. Caramel Film Club specialises in supporting films which might not otherwise have made it to big screens in the UK – and is doing a grand job pivoting to online to reach its members during Covid times.

Hue Agency

An enterprising collective, who started hosting film screenings and afterparties under the Black Femme Film banner, now run an agency to help distributors and brands market Black cinema to under-served audiences.

Find Hue and Black Femme Film on Twitter @hueagency_ @BlackFemmeFilm

British Urban Film Fest 

Championing urban indie cinema since 2005, BUFF runs an annual film festival and an added Awards ceremony honouring diversity on screen in the UK, plus links Black films with online platform audiences.

Find the British Urban Film Festival on Twitter @buffconnects

S.O.U.L. Festival

S.O.U.L. is a screening & networking event looking for better representation both in front of and behind the camera in mainstream television and cinema.

Hosted at the BFI Southbank S.O.U.L. sees a selection of short films and work from emerging talent followed by a networking reception connecting fresh new talent with film and TV industry movers and shakers.

Find S.O.U.L. on Twitter @SOULFest3

We Are Parable

An enterprising agency which lives to develop events that tell stories, inspire and entertain.

We Are Parable started out with the simple ambition to screen their favourite film in their local cinema, the husband and wife team, Anthony and Teanne Andrews, spent the next 7 years creating cinematic  events that give unique experiences for Black audiences, creating an award-winning film exhibition company.

Find We Are Parable on Twitter @weareparable

British Black List

Showcasing talent from the UK and Global Diaspora, The British Blacklist champions up-and-coming talent alongside the industry’s elite.

Featuring an extensive database of Black creative talent, The British Blacklist offers reviews, news and social analysis looking to bring a voice to burgeoning talent.

Find the British Black List on Twitter @BritBlacklist

HOME Black History Month

One of many exhibitors in the UK celebrating Black History Month, Manchester’s HOME is collaborating with trailblazing Black organisations in the city to devise a special programme of music, activities and online events dedicated to the wealth of Black talent on screen, on stage and online.

Find BHM at HOME on Twitter @HOME_mcr

Second Sight

Alongside artists’ moving image specialists LUX, the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) is touring Second Sight to UK venues. Second Sight explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement.

Developed throughout the 1980s, a pivotal decade in UK culture and society, and against a backdrop of divisive national politics and civil unrest, a series of radical filmmaking collectives sprung up. Their films explored the Black community’s relationship to Britain’s colonial past; whilst also looking to the Civil Rights movement in America, Black feminism, Pan-Africanism, the struggle of apartheid, and the emergent fields of postcolonial and cultural studies.

Second Sight incorporates key archive films from the period as well as new commissions from contemporary film artists, created in response to the Workshop context.

Find Second Sight on Twitter @ICOtweets

There are hundreds of organisations championing Black film and filmmakers in the UK. This blog is just the tip of the iceberg; let us know who you would add to the list on twitter @British_Film.

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