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No need to splash out to see Swimmer’—it’s free if you’re under 25

PUBLISHED: 21:04 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

THE recent spate of high-profile films like Noel Clarke’s Adulthood and Raymond Stevenson’s Hip Hop Opera has encouraged organisers of BUFF, the British Urban Film Festival, to splash out with free tickets to anyone under of 25. It’s an attempt to spark interest in “urban independent” film. The festival opens December 2 at Mile End’s Genesis cinema

THE recent spate of high-profile films like Noel Clarke's Adulthood and Raymond Stevenson's Hip Hop Opera has encouraged organisers of BUFF, the British Urban Film Festival, to splash out with free tickets to anyone under of 25.

It's an attempt to spark interest in "urban independent" film.

The festival-opening Tuesday (December 2) at Mile End's Genesis cinema-kicks off with a double-header, a documentary looking back at the success of Adulthood and the critically-acclaimed Swimmer, first shown at the Portobello Film Fest.

There are 750 freebie seats up for grabs, where youngsters can apply in a telephone 'free for all.'

Free tickets may seem like a gimmick, but festival director Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe insists the point is to make independent urban film available to the widest audience.

Buff was first set up in 2005 to profile work in an emerging, creative genre which is not otherwise seen much in London cinemas.

The programme shows there is an audience now keen for such material, as seen by the summer success of Adulthood.

In all, 20 films are being screened, mostly at Bethnal Green's Oxford House centre on Wednesday (Dec-3).

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Deadline for booking free places is Monday (Dec-1), on: 08712-885785.

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