Local film fans will be dusting off their old Filmstock memorabilia and searching online for tickets after it has been announced that the much-loved festival will return to Luton this November after a ten year hiatus.
The four-day festival, taking place 21-24 November 2019, is returning thanks to support and funding from Luton Business Improvement District (BID).
This will be the twelfth Filmstock in Luton’s history and will showcase some of the best that independent cinema has to offer, featuring an eclectic programme of films from around the world, including new feature films, shorts and documentaries.
On top of the screenings taking place at The Hat Factory, The Bear Club and Youthscape, there will be live music, spoken word, podcast recordings and special guests, as well as food and drink in Filmstock’s own pop-up style. Not to mention the best coffee in town for four days.
The Filmstock Awards will be overseen by an esteemed jury of filmmakers, industry professionals and critics, who will also be presenting work and events across the packed four day programme.
Luton-born filmmakers Justin Doherty and Neil Fox, who have won over 20 international awards for their own films, are once again at the helm of the festival. Justin Doherty said: “Ten years may have passed but we know there’s still tremendous appetite in Luton for Filmstock, so I can’t wait for the festival space to fill up with old and new faces. It’s still all about non-exclusivity, celebration of new work and good people bonding over a shared love of cinema.”
Filmstock 12 was made possible with the support of Luton BID and the Luton Arts Fund. Chair of Luton Bid, Gavin O’Brien said: “Filmstock had such a massive cultural impact on the town in the 2000s. We are so excited to be part of bringing it back this November. As well as creating a buzzing cultural event, Filmstock is supporting emerging filmmakers. We have no doubt that the Luton BID area will be bursting at the seams with keen filmgoers and we can’t wait to welcome them.”
All of Filmstock’s former sponsors and supporters have returned to the fold too, with The Mall, University of Bedfordshire and Luton Sixth Form College all contributing funds to back this unique Luton-born event.
See filmstock.co.uk for more information.