Award season is on the horizon, and BUFF open the next coming months of festivities with their annual BUFF Awards.

2017 is a little different for the BUFF Enterprise. First, they've announced Ashley Walters as the official honoree this year. Secondly, they're partnering with British telecom BT for both the festival and the ceremony...

...and the new shake-ups doesn't stop there!

The nominations for this year sees the likes of many resilient actors that we've been supporting. Elijah Baker, who has developed a strong portfolio in the arts has been nominated for the BUFF Male Emerging Talent Award for his impressive role as a deaf protagonist in R.M Moses award-winning short 'Signs of Silence.' The ripple effect continues with (the filmmaker himself) Moses getting nominated in the Short Film category alongside Sam Jones' 'Lifeline', Alex Campbell's 'Hush' and Southwell's 'Cover Me.'

Nicole Albarelli's film 'To Dream' has received the most nominations with a whopping four. Both leading characters played by Ed Thrayler and Eddie Throp has respectively earned the nomination for Best Actor and Male Emerging Talent. They'll be competing with street indie action thriller 'The Intent', which follows with three nominations in Best Buff Feature Film, Best Actor (Dylan Duffus) and The Blessing Aniyam-Osigwe Best  Actress Award (Jade Asha).

Isis Davis is among the four writers who have won the BUFF 2017 Live Script Winner Award with Andriel Leff and Sara White. The actress is also nominated in the BUFF Female Emerging Talent category with Maia Watkins, Kate Lassman ('The Backseat') and Kristine Alli ('The Tinder Problem'). Other finalists include Amma Asante's 'A United Kingdom',  starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

Winners will be announced on the 10th September at the BT Tower in Waterloo. There's still a heap of time to join one of Britain's biggest urban festivals from the 6th - 12th September, so why not get your tickets. Day passes are also available here.



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