Supported by the ICO, BFI Network and Culture Trust Luton, Bute Street Festival has quickly forged a reputation of screening and showcasing only the best in independent films, art, and music. Films ranging from award winning up and coming Director Michael Beddoe's short film 'Sequins' to Elijah Woods BAFTA award winning independent feature film 'Set Fire to the Stars'. As well as an art gallery and music line up crammed with some of the coolest, award winning, and ground breaking artists.

Spread over 3 days Bute Street Festival has created a significant platform for independent artists and creatives with genuine exposure to the commercial market. This coupled with amazing networking opportunities, industry talks, labs and seminars in collaboration with the BFI, Bute Street Festival is not to be missed.

- Best Film Award.
- Breakthrough Film Award.
- Director's Choice Award.
- Best Artist Award.
- Best Music Award.
- Winning music artist gets to headline the closing ceremony.

- There are no premiere requirements to submit your film to Bute Street Festival.

- All accepted films must provide a download of the full film, a still/poster, a link to a trailer and a short synopsis of the film.

- Q&As are an important part of what we do, so if you are unable to attend the festival please make yourself available for a Skype interview or prepare a pre-recorded video.

- Music artists must state within their submission if they are available across the festival dates.

- Artist must supply some copy about themselves and each art piece that they submit.

- The decision of the festival on what is chosen to screen is final and we will not engage in correspondence regarding it.

- Submission discounts beyond the FilmFreeway Gold membership are not available.

Overall Rating
  • Gillian Harker

    I really loved Bute Street Film Festival. The standard of short films was really high- and made me feel super proud to be selected. They offer great development workshops for filmmakers- and really take the time to communicate with you. The team behind Bute Street FF are really passionate about film, music and story telling- as well as providing opportunities for emerging artists.

    May 2022
  • Bute Street Festival was a great experience! We had a very warm welcome upon arrival and it was very well organised. For us the festival was even more special as we had our première here and we won Best Short Film! The award we received was of good quality and there where plenty of spaces to take pictures.
    What I like about the festival was its diverse programme with music, art and film. I would definitely recommend going here besides the obvious, it is very easy to get to, they show quality and it's always a great way to meet fellow filmmakers and artists. - Elja ten Velden

    April 2022
  • Roger Cook

    The Bute Street Festival offered the best first screening of our short film "The Monster At Home". The Hat Factory arts centre is a great venue and from the moment we arrived there was an instant buzz.

    The Bute Street Festival is Filmmaker friendly with ample opportunity for creators to talk about their work and the audience questions during Q&A's are enthusiastic and diverse.

    A great festival that puts Luton on the map for supporting indie content creators.

    April 2022
  • Rory Campbell

    Loved this festival amazing to be a part of! Such a great atmosphere and great to see our short film on the big screen. I hope to submit again in the future. The accommodated well and the Vibe was positive

    Thanks for having us Bute Street festival!

    April 2022
  • Bob Eckhard

    It was my first time at the Bute Street Festival and it didn't disappoint. Having entered a script in the festival and been selected (with two others) to receive feedback, it was a really useful experience and well worth the fee. The modernised premises are fantastic and the range of creative events put on were great. I spoke with the guy running the storyboarding workshop and would have attended that as well as the film funding session had I not agreed to meet friends. Great festival. I will hopefully get a film in for next year's festival!

    April 2022