Partnered with Cineworld Cinemas 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. As well as walking away with a custom made award, the trailers of all of the winning films get played at Cineworld's cinemas across the East of England. 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 Video 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
  • Jay Mohan

    This is a great film festival. Impeccable and professional communication. Great feedback. Thank you so much for the comments about our short film I RESIGN. Highly recommended.

    April 2020
  • These people were a pleasure to work with. Particularly for such a young festival, I was impressed with how smoothly everything went on the logistics end. My team is in America and couldn't attend the screening, but they Skyped us in for a talkback afterwards and it was lovely. Thoughtfully curated questions, a warm host, etc.. I hope they continue to grow!

    March 2019
  • David O'Reilly

    Terrific festival with great communication and a varied intelligent selection. We couldn't make it to the screening but it looked like a lot of fun.

    March 2019
  • Victoria Hayford

    Bute Street Film Festival is only in its second seasons and is already a force to be reckoned with, in my opinion. The festival showcases emerging as well as established creatives on the film, art and music scene with an independent spirit. I felt privileged to be part of the festival and can't wait to see more from Bute Street Film Festival to which I will be making future submissions. Loved the aftershow celebrations and performances too!

    March 2019
  • Tariq Keblaoui

    Nicely organized new film festival

    March 2019