2017 festival pass
mac Birmingham and The Mockingbird Cinema
BIFF are pleased to announce the venues for this October's Film Festival. Great films, live music, Directors Q&A, filmmakers masterclasses and much more, spread across an exciting 5 days of programming.
Kicking off with a special presentation of Kathryn Bigalow's Detroit this programme is one of our best ever. 5-Day screen passes are available here.
BIFF are standing behind the Global Giving fund raising efforts for this recently affected by the Hurricanes. Please donate online or look out for the collection boxes at the festival.
Earlier this year, Raindance published an article called 16 Things Film Festivals Hate About Filmmakers. Well, we're not Raindance, so here's an open love letter to the filmmakers who have submitted to our festival in 2017 and in the previous 11 years. Call us naive but we know that it's really love, not money, that makes the world go around...
BIFF 2017 - 5 days of festival awesomeness
Lasting five days, it was one of the deadliest and destructive in the history of the US. The 12th Street riots took place in an area which is now Rosa Parks Boulevard.
BIFF opens its season of selected films with the visually stunning documentary, Homelands from Jaha Browne. Follow four of the UKs top artists – Diztortion, Shakka, Saskilla and Terri Walker, who will be joining the director for Q&A
BIFF collection of festival films at mac Birmingham kicks off with the not to be missed one woman tale of mixed racial heritage and reconciliation One Drop of Love by playwright Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni. Followed by Directors Q&A.
BIFF brings a matinee collection of Stateside shorts by up and coming US filmmakers. Also featuring the documentary of London-based award-winning actress Noma Dumwenzi adapting to a film role that reconnects her to her South African past.
BIFF challenges the audience to reconsider stereotypical portrayals of men in this selection of short films showcasing some of Birmingham’s finest filmmakers and spotlighting black fathers in A Man Called Dad.
BIFF closes with a powerful collection of short films including the poignant retelling in C’est Moi of the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique. Our closing feature, Six Rounds is set against the backdrop of the 2011 LondonRiots.
BIFF 2017 selected films
A Man Called Dad is a short creative documentary exploring and celebrating the different stages of fatherhood in the black community. Often portrayed as absentee, these fathers relive their experiences, challenges and triumphs.
AFRO PUNK GIRL is a dystopian Sci-Fi drama set in a post apocalyptic Britain, where Christmases are hot and a militia government enforces the “Happiness Agenda” upon it's hungry citizens. Lil, a young punk trying to escape to the 'New World', meets the radical Mr Dandy and discovers the importance of true rebellion.
'Art of Love' written by Lauren Cato & Quason Matthews, follows the relationship of a young couple who express the meanings of love from their own unique perspectives. The film aims to explore the true meaning of a often misunderstood word 'Love'.
A young woman has her world turned upside down as she finds herself deep within a relationship that has both a physical and mental grip over her very being. With complications keeping her bound in turmoil, it seems as there is more to this story than first meets the eye.
Set in modern day Montréal "C'est Moi" explores the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France.
How much of our past is erased in the restoration of history?
Abike, a Nigerian born oil industry executive and a Christian, is driving to a friend's country house when she realizes her tank is needling towards empty. She pulls into the only station she can find where she is greeted by Scott, a local who inherited his business from his grandfather. Scott has never met anyone like Abike, which leads him to make assumptions about her based on stereotypes and unexamined biases. When Abike challenges him, with a mixture of bold humor and equally bold gravitas, he is left to ponder their commonalties and her power. Full Service explores the effects of globalization on local economies and culture, our propensity to stereotype others, and the fact that we are all more complex than we seem.
Story is about a young African American man living his day to day life in the heart of South Central Los Angeles. Not only is he having trouble finding a job to support his girlfriend but he has trouble with gang-members, store clerks and boys in blue. In a strong effort to bring awareness to how much peace he wants for everyone, each situation gets worse and worse until he takes the ultimate stand. In this poetic stylish urban film, it touches on a innocent man's plead for hope being destroyed over hurtful stereotypes.
Homelands is an innovative film project which sees four UK based black music artists revisiting the country of their parents birth and finding out what impact that land had on them both culturally and creatively. The artists spent time in their chosen country, discovering elements which continually added pieces to their own personal puzzle. A fascinating story of cultural genealogy studded with rocking and rousing musical interludes.
During a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight is about, opinions differ…
Written and produced by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, this extraordinary one-woman show incorporates filmed images, photographs and animation to tell the story of how the notion of ‘race’ came to be in the United States and how it affects our most intimate relationships. A moving memoir, One Drop takes audiences from the 1700s to the present, to cities all over the U.S. and to West and East Africa, where the narrator and her family spent time in search of their ‘racial’ roots.
The ultimate goal of the show is to encourage everyone to discuss ‘race’ and racism openly and critically.
“Proclamation Punctuation” is an enthralling fashion film centered on a fabulously fascinating woman reciting a short soliloquy paying homage to her love for using exclamation points in her missives. Periods are so period, where as an exclamation point livens up a sentence! There is simply nothing worse than a long dragged out sentence ending in an uninspiring dull dot! So when exclamation points are your philosophy on life, one must always keep it on the up beat!!
Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas - determined to outwit fate and role-play as God - build make-shift time machines to save CJ's brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.
As the 2011 London riots unfurl, a former boxer has to choose between his past and his future in Six Rounds, Marcus Flemmings’ bold and stylish second feature. Stally is a former fighter who stepped out of the ring while he was still unbeaten. Having fallen in love and gotten a regular job, he feels like he’s moving towards something positive. But when an acquaintance from his past asks him for a favour, he finds himself trapped in a corner, from which he’ll need to fight his way out, in a tense and emotive tale of race, love and redemption in the midst of spiking social tension.
Mitchell Harris is a 32 year old college graduate. Living at home with his mother, he's struggled with financial stability and success for the past 6 years. Caught up in his own insecurities of his own age and lack of progress, Mitchell consistently looks for big opportunities, which end in mediocre payoffs. After receiving an interview that goes opposite of his expectations, a reunion with an old friend leads him into an unforeseen dilemma.
A Nigerian international student studying in Australia struggles to remain patriotic and faithful to his belief in hope for a better future for his country after receiving a phone call from his sister back in his home country.
When Ella was twelve, she had her first fight. And when she was twelve, she discovered sex. Now eighteen, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her older brother Michael's best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.