It’s nearly time to dust off your glitzy evening dresses and tuxes as the most prestigious event in the black British film and TV calendar returns for the 12th year running next month.
Fondly known as the ‘Black BAFTAs’, the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards 2017 takes place on Sunday 7 May at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel in London, to celebrate the hottest young stars and the achievements of the best in black screen excellence.
Arguably, this year’s award season (both at home and international) has shown a little more love than usual to our black British film and TV talent. Wonderful to see, but the annual Screen Nation awards is 100% dedicated to celebrating the irrefutable successes of African Diaspora screen talent.
With a reputation as the UK’s most respected culturally diverse international awards ceremony, the prestigious event, to be hosted by hosted by BBC London’s News Arts Correspondent Brenda Emmanus, features the cream of black British film and television alongside stars from the world of sport, music, media, fashion and entertainment. Past award recipients of awards include top draw British talent, Steve McQueen OBE, Idris Elba OBE, Naomie Harris OBE, Amma Asante and fast rising stars Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega, Letitia Wright and Arnold Oceng as well as Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett and Pam Grier.
Melanmag.com is thrilled to be supporting the awards as a media partner and over the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the nominees and more about the founder and history of the awards.
If you can’t make it on the night, the red-carpet arrivals and ceremony behind the scenes are set to stream live with a new partnership with Twitter Live. Edited highlights will also be broadcast on ROK on Sky 344 across UK and Europe, with broadcasts to Africa on DStv.
Founder and Screen Nation CEO, veteran international film producer Charles Thompson MBE said: “The rise of black screen talent across the world, both in front and behind the camera, can no longer be denied, as they confidently march forward to establish a firm stake in the global industry. The old pervading industry adage that diverse talent leading and telling unique stories doesn’t sell or travel can no longer be applied. Screen Nation intends to work alongside our partners and stakeholders to encourage more inclusivity whilst continuing to play its part in promoting the many stellar achievements made by African British screen talent towards cultural diversity.”