Emmanuel is the Founder and Chairman of the British Urban Film Festival and was invited to become a BAFTA voting member in December 2020.

He has also sat on voting juries at ASFF, Caribbean Tales International Film Festival/TIFF and Triforce Monologue Slam Luton.

In December 2019 it was announced in the 2020 New Year’s honours list that he was to be awarded with an MBE for services to the Black and Minority Ethnic

Emnanuel received his medal from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in March 2020.

In October 2020, the BUFF was granted with BAFTA qualifying status for British Short Films.