Bute Street Film Festival


Up and coming Luton filmmakers have become an important part of emerging cultural hub of the town. Films made in Luton by Lutonians will be showcased on the 10th of March during the first edition of Bute Street Film Festival.

We caught up with the Bute Street Film Festival Director during the week to find out more about the upcoming event .

When did Bute Street Film Festival launched?

Bute Film Festival was launched November of last year.

What would your Film Festival do for filmmakers here in Luton?

We are slightly biased in the direction of finding local creatives as we are aware of the wealth of talent that this town has to offer. In our main short film strand on the 10th March we are excited to have a film made in Luton by Luton talent screening and we are actively looking to have the town represented more in our future film selections where possible.

What should the public expect at the festival this year ?

We will be showing 34 short films in total. They will be separated into two different rooms, one will show the student film strand and the other the main short film strand. There will also be a separate room housing an art gallery featuring two amazing artists work.

The whole day will be styled like an exhibition where you will be free to move from one room to the next and not confined to one space. On arrival you will be given a leaflet detailing the order of events i.e. when each film will be screened. So, feel free to try and catch all the ones that look interesting to you. Also, attendees should hold on to their leaflet as that will act as their means of voting for their favourite film for the Audience Choice Award.

Bute Street Film Festival’s mission is to promote new independent films and emerging filmmakers from the UK and around the world to a UK audience. We want to develop new audiences for independent cinema, and provide a platform for discovery, discussion and learning.

Luton is the biggest town in Bedfordshire and alongside Luton Cultures efforts – one of our partners – to create a creative and cultural hub in Luton we believe that the town is in need of something like this.

What are the films submissions process?

Filmmakers are able to submit to the festival via Film freeway. The submission window for this festival has passed but if you keep an eye out on our social media and website then dates for the next submission window will be announced on them. This submission window saw over 250 films from over 25 different countries being sent in to us, so the competition is fierce and the quality is high and this only makes us excited to see what the following submission windows have to offer.

When and where will the festival be held?

The first event for this year takes place on the 10th March between 12-5pm at Tokko on Gordon Street in the town centre.

For dates of future events, visit


How is the film scene in Luton?

In terms of talent it’s amazing but in terms of a significant platform and promotion it’s not great. That is something that we are determined to change. My team and I want to transform Luton into a creative hub, a place where art is created and exhibited we want gritty old Luton to be synonymous with creative excellence.


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