There is a town 30 miles North of London called Luton. It used to be famous
for hats, then cars and now an airport. In 1999 however two Lutonians
decided to change that and conceived an international film festival. In
June 2000 Filmstock was born.
Since that first event the festival has seen many changes. The one constant
has been the fact that each year we build it from scratch. However, the
devotion to independent shorts, features
and documentaries remains, along with the idea that the
filmmaker should be welcomed with open arms but treated no differently
to the audience or festival team. Of all our achievements, our finest
is that every year, without prompting, visitors talk with enthusiasm about
the 'Filmstock Family'. To find out what that means,
well, you'll just have to come down and see some films with us.
Each year we pack in a formidable selection of shorts,
docs and features, but we also like to book end the fest with some special
opening and closing films, we like to dabble in a little thing called
Filmschlock which is an evening of how film should not
be done, and then if that doesn’t kill you the bike ride might.
It is a hardcore programme, but we would not have it any other way. You
can download last year’s brochure here
as a guide.
We have packed so much into our 8 events so far, we won't show off and
list them all here. If you are curious you can see some of our highlights/photos/memories
of past events here.
This is our heritage, and we cherish it. But we are future people, and
this is our fuel.