The same but different!

Filmstock is back with all the old favourites that made it one of Britain's most beloved independent film festivals, with a few new flavours thrown into the mix.

Over 4 days in November, Filmstock will present a strong programme of short films (narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and music video), as well as a selection of new documentary and narrative features.

"HAD A BLAST SPEAKING TO THE FILMSTOCK CROWD"
- Jason Reitman // Up In The Air

It's 50 years since Woodstock, the music festival that inspired our cinematic homage, and 10 years since we did this! A lot has changed, but also, a lot hasn't. It's still all about good cinema and good people creating memories and celebrating movies. Let's hope it really is like we've never been away.

There will be the ever-popular catharsis of the Filmschlock screening and the infamous socials where filmmakers, audiences and volunteers all hang out over good food, good coffee and good liquor.

There will be screenings of work by filmmakers from across the festival's history as well as the introduction of live podcast recordings with The Cinematologists, live music courtesy of Luton's incredible jazz venue The Bear Club and delicious soul food breakfasts and afternoon cookouts that will add a new culinary dimension to proceedings.

"THE GREATEST FILM FESTIVAL WEEK AND A HALF OF MY LIFE. FILMSTOCK IS THE WARMEST AND MOST PROFESSIONALLY RUN FESTIVAL I CAN IMAGINE. BORN OF FRIENDSHIP THAT EXTENDS TO EVERY FILMMAKER, AND A LOVE FOR FILM THAT INSPIRES"
- Mike Fleish // 'To Eat'

The traditional Filmstock awards will be overseen by an esteemed jury of filmmakers and critics who will also be presenting work and events across the packed 4 day programme.

Events will take place in 4 different screening environments, including The Bear Club, Youthscape, and the newly-refurbished Arts Centre, The Hat Factory - Filmstock's original home from 2000-2009.
All the venues are in the heart of Luton's cultural quarter, close to the train station (25mins from central London), to make for an intimate and easily accessible film festival.

We love cinema. We live cinema. We also make cinema. It's a festival for filmmakers by filmmakers, and this family is only gonna get bigger. Share your film with us.

"YOU HAVE SUCH AN ALIVE FESTIVAL. SUCH A RELAXED CONNECTION AND CONFIDENCE KNOWING l'D BE SEEING NOTHING BUT GREAT FILMS, EATING GREAT FOOD AND MEETING WONDERFUL PEOPLE. WHAT AN IMPOSSIBLE ACT TO FOLLOW.
- Stephen Keep Mills // 'A Cigar At The Beach'

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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Yoshimasa Higashi

    This is YOSHIMAX.
    Yes, FILMSTOCK12, ... that's so cool and nice!!
    I really love this FEST!
    Thanks for everything! WITH LOVE

    December 2019
  • One of the best festivals I have visited.
    Great communication, friendly people and a love of film.
    The quality of the few films we managed to see was exceptional.
    Sad we couldnt have been there for more of it

    December 2019
  • 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