Taking the theme of Art Imitating Life, this year's Black International Film Festival put inclusion and diversity at the heart of its programme, with stories covering a wide spectrum of real life issues, challenges and struggles. Against a backdrop of #Oscarssowhite and #Blacklivesmatter, never before have so many eyes been on so-called ‘Black’ projects, ventures and causes, with some asking whether we still need Black film festivals. We think so. Whilst progress has been made in some quarters, we’re still not there yet. Black people are still under-represented in the film industry, both in front and behind the camera, and cast in stereotypical roles in mainstream film. And so, the Black International Film Festival remains as relevant today as it was ten years ago when it was started by CEO, Founder and Festival Director, Dean Alexander.