The pressure was certainly on to ensure that the 10th Black International Film Festival put on a show befitting its long legacy.
With submissions from as far afield as the US, Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe and of course the U.K., this year's festival goers were treated to a broad range of work from grassroots and experienced filmmakers.
Live screenings opened at Birmingham’s Crescent Theatre with the toe-tapping documentary Nathan East: For The Record - the inclusion of documentaries being a first for BIFF. Short Film night evoked strong emotions through films including winner JUS SOLI, charting the Black British narrative through pivotal events such as The Windrush and the 1981 New Cross Fire, to local film, Cleo's Choice, which tackled the hard hitting topic of domestic violence.
Acoustic duo Prok and Georgia provided the perfect interlude for the evening. Not shying away from difficult subjects, the Festival were proud to present the Birmingham premiere screening of The Pass, by Ben Williams and Duncan Kenworthy - a modern, dark tale of closeted top-flight footballers.
The festival closed with a ‘lively’ screening and rave reviews for winning feature film, Everything But A Man by Nnegest Likké, followed by an even livelier Q&A. Festival goers let their hair down and partied to the funky beats of Joseph Ross & The Sound.