Festival thirteen. Lucky for some.

Filmstock will return again. We don't know where or when, but rest assured it will be chock full of all the scheming that made it one of Britain's most beloved independent film festivals, with a few new flavours thrown into the mix.

Filmstock's esteemed jury, and audience, will judge various categories and certain awards will be organically created based on the festival's overall programme.
However, there will be an award for BEST SHORT, BEST SHORT DOC and BEST FEATURE, along with writing, editing and visual categories.

Final exhibition format must be provided as a high quality digital file. The entrant guarantees that they have legal right to submit their film FILMSTOCK and have obtained all necessary rights and clearances to have it publicly screened during the festival dates.

Submission of the film confirms that FILMSTOCK has permission to exhibit the work at the 2019 festival, and that the entrant understands that no screening fees or other reimbursement is provided should the film be accepted for screening.

Submission Eligibility. All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2017.

Premiere status. We like good films. We don't mind if other people have seen them before, but it is easier to pull a crowd in if they haven't played 'really' close to us before. So we'll leave that one to you.

The film may not be withdrawn from the festival once the programme has been published.

Subtitles & Language. All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

Film Classification. All films screened during the festival receive an age rating that is decided by the local authority.

The submission fee is non-refundable.

Notification. FILMSTOCK endeavours to complete all selection procedures by end of September, and inform all submitting parties in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time.

Overall Rating
  • Gary Stevens

    Great festival really enjoyed it, hope there's another one soon!

    November 2020
  • Filmstock is such a well organised festival – communication was superb. It’s a ‘real’ film festival in that it’s for people making films, those who are passionate about watching them and without borders between the two. It was an honour to see our film screen along the great mix of films in our programme.

    January 2020
  • Tom Bessoir

    Great communication and multiple screenings of my film.

    December 2019
  • I can say that traveling to Luton to attend the festival was a wonderful experience for me. It was the first time that my short film "BUNNY" screened on a big screen and I couldn't have imagined a better place for this to happen. I felt honoured to have been invited to the festival since I'm quite new in the filmmaking business ;) Filmstock is a special kind of festival, unique in its form. Neil and Justin are so passionate about what they do and you can sense that in every aspect. As well they have much experience. The programme was very well thought-out. It provided a broad range of different films from different genres and with different budgets. I felt welcome immediately, met lots of friendly people and got lovely feedback from the audience and fellow filmmakers. The Q&As after each film session and the live podcasts were very interesting and inspiring. Filmstock is about community I learned. I really enjoyed being part of this community for a few days. If there's another Filmstock in the future, I would love to come back to Luton! Cheers to you!

    PS: The mess hall was a great idea I think. A place to meet and get fed with fine food!

    December 2019
  • Good films. Community. Great film discussion. Top quality Q&A sessions. Great venues. Welcoming. Jazz. Coffee. Beer.

    Festival by passionate film people for passionate film people. Amazing.

    December 2019