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FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

As a boutique festival, we have the honor of showcasing the remarkable works of talented filmmakers, musicians, and artists. With their creations now complete, it's time to celebrate and find inspiration!

 

On the #roadtobutestreet, we’ll feature insightful industry discussions and inspiring interviews, perfect for sparking meaningful conversations during our networking hours.

 

We hope you enjoy this year’s program.

Thursday

OPENING NIGHT

THURSDAy 1st AUGUST, 5PM - 10PM

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BEST FILM AWARD

BEST FILM AWARD 

 Breakthrough FILM AWARD

[INSERT SHORT FILM TITLE HERE]
In every filmmaker's mind, the analytical left brain and whimsical right battle for control. [INSERT SHORT FILM TITLE] humorously portrays this struggle, inspired by diverse cinematic traditions.

Screening at: 17:40PM

Tipping Point

This story follows Luton's underdog journey, from a town overshadowed by larger cities to Premier League triumph, sparking change and inspiring diverse local efforts to reshape its narrative.

Screening at: 18:00PM

The Clogging

The Clogging, a heart-pounding horror-comedy inspired by Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, explores what happens when imagination takes over in an absurd, relatable scenario.

 

 

Screening at: 18:15PM

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BEST FILM AWARD

Blind Spot

In this coming-of-age parable, an overconfident father imparts his unfounded wisdom on his sulking teenage daughter as they drive around the city.

 

Screening at: 18:25PM

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BREAK: Creative Social! 

Don't worry it's not as awkward as its sounds! We have a smashing social evening on the way, and hopefully it will have you breaking the ice. 

Hat Factory Cafe at 18:45PM

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 TALK 

Peccadillo Pictures: Latest Releases & Distribution

Another incredible friend of the festival. Tom Abell Founder  Peccadillo Pictures a UK-based film producer and distributor of art house, gay and lesbian, independent and world cinema.

Discussion at: 19:30PM

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BEST FILM AWARD

Wild Animal

A successful woman finds an abandoned baby and is stalked by the mother


 

 

 

 

Screening at: 20:00

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BEST FILM AWARD

Opening Up

Reluctant dater Jas, played by Tamzin Outhwaite, kisses Adam, played by Gary Beadle, then slams her door on him. Despite admitting the date went well, she rejects him, leaving Adam heartbroken. Inside, Jas seeks peace but faces her matchmaking flatmate, Ben, played by Mark Weinman.


Screening at: 20:20

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BEST FILM AWARD

Ages of Man

An anthology fiction short where three men, oblivious to women's invisible labor, find themselves vulnerable. This comedic horror reveals their blind spots, questioning if they're being saved, destroyed, or replaced.


 

Screening at: 20:35

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 TALK 

Festival Formula: ‘How to Best Prepare Your Short For the Festival Circuit’

Who in the film festival world doesn't love the guys at Festival Formula. This year we are joined by Mark Brennan who is a book of knowledge when it comes to production funding to getting a film festival ready.

Discussion at: 20:40PM

THE LABOUR OF CARE Exhibition

Open all days of the festival, Thursday and Friday 5PM - 10PM, Saturday 12PM - 5PM. Take a look at this years artists. 

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BEST ARTIST AWARD

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BEST ARTIST AWARD

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BEST ARTIST AWARD

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 Hat Factory, Cafe 
DJ Sets from 21:15 

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MUSIC AWARD

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MUSIC AWARD

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

Friday

IT'S FRIDAY AGAIN!

Friday 2nd August, 5PM - 10PM

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Breakthrough FILM AWARD 

Blue

A father-daughter relationship is tested as Dad drives Lucy to her abortion. As they confront her future, Lucy seeks answers from him, realizing she must make her own decisions on this journey to adulthood.

Screening at: 17:40

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Breakthrough FILM AWARD 

Tender Loving Care

In London, single woman Kalina, feeling isolated in her mid-30s, seeks connection by calling customer care lines, sparking unexpected conversations on life's meaning and city loneliness.

 

Screening at: 18:00

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BEST FILM AWARD 

Where We Belong

Drawing from Japanese Buddhist tradition, a British-Japanese woman cares for her mourning grandmother, reconnecting with her roots and discovering the close presence of her deceased grandfather.


Screening at: 18:20

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BREAK: Creative Social! 

Don't worry it's not as awkward as its sounds! We have a smashing social evening on the way, and hopefully it will have you breaking the ice. 

Hat Factory Cafe at 18:45

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BEST FILM AWARD

Don't Mock the Donkey

A refugee washed ashore finds himself in the body of a donkey and captured by a man who tries to sell him for labor as a packhorse.

Screening at: 19:35

  PANEL DISCUSSION 

Guest Speakers to be Announced, Discussion at: 19:45

 
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THE LABOUR OF CARE Exhibition

Open all days of the festival, Thursday and Friday 5PM - 10PM, Saturday 12PM - 5PM. Take a look at this years artists. 

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BEST ARTIST AWARD

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BEST ARTIST AWARD

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BEST ARTIST AWARD

Artist to be announced

Artist to be announced

Artist to be announced

 Hat Factory, Cafe 
MUSIc PERFORMANCEs from 21:15

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MUSIC AWARD

MUSIC AWARD

MUSIC AWARD

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

Saturday

SATURDAY - is a Vibe

 SATURDAy 3rd August, 12PM - 10PM

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Breakthrough FILM AWARD

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BEST FILM AWARD

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Breakthrough FILM AWARD

Made in Luton 

Made in Luton follows Sonia Chowdhury on a journey of what Lutonian's are making of themselves in their hometown. Following negative media portrayals, Sonia wants to prove to herself and others that Luton is not "the worst place to live in the UK


Screening at: 12:40PM

Under the Blue

A bruised, hungry, and disillusioned police officer forms an unlikely connection with a grateful criminal during her late shift. Based on a true story.

 

 

 

Screening at: 13:10

NIA

Nia, a young black woman, is raised in the countryside by her white Grandmother. When she suddenly passes away, Nia struggles with her identity and desperately embarks on a journey to find her birth mother.

 

 

Screening at: 13:30

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BEST FILM AWARD

Everything is out to get me

An abused housewife finds out that her ex-husband has happily re-married and has a newborn baby, but there’s more to his newfound happiness than meets the eye

 

Screening at: 14:50

BREAK IN THE DAY, 1 hour & 30 minutes

Open all days of the festival, Thursday and Friday 5PM - 10PM, Saturday 12PM - 5PM. Take a look at this years artists. 

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Gabriella Apicella: Script Surgery

The perfect session for anyone who has a script  that needs some development or is polishing up ready for production. Join a round table with Gabriella and other creatives to elevate your scripts. 

 

Workshop Time at 14:15, HATCH 1
 

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Creative Socials

Don't worry it's not as awkward as its sounds! We have a smashing social evening on the way, and hopefully it will have you breaking the ice. 

Hat Factory Cafe at 14:15

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 TALK 

The T A P E Collective 

We are thrilled to welcome a new guest speaker to Bute Street Festival! Meet the T A P E Collective, nearly a decade in the business. They will discuss their work in events that blend film, art, music, and talks, with a focus on representation, identity, and heritage, bringing exciting screenings to new audiences.

 

Discussion at 15:30, Theatre
 

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MUSIC AWARD

MUSIC AWARD

MUSIC AWARD

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

Artists Yet to Be Announced

Set  Description coming soon.

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BEST FILM AWARD

I Don't Need Adult Conversation

A new mother dotes on her baby by day, but discovers dark feelings stirring up inside her at night. This hybrid doc explores the shadow side of motherhood which remains taboo in our culture.

 

Screening at: 16:10

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BEST FILM AWARD

COPE

Liam has 6 weeks to live. No one knows. Not his colleagues. Not his friends. Not even his wife. But as the indignities that make up a life mount up, he just counts the days down.

 

 

Screening at: 16:30

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BEST FILM AWARD

Mother Daughter

A mother and daughter explore the dynamics of finding love and their turbulent relationship.




Screening at: 16:40

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BEST FILM AWARD

Salma

After a night out clubbing, a young Londoner returns home to find her building engulfed in flames and her family missing. Through a friendship with a fellow survivor, she finds the strength to deal with her grief and move on with her life.

 

Screening at: 18:00

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BEST FILM AWARD

Essex Girls

Flipping the "Essex Girl" trope, this coming-of-age film explores Black British girlhood and magical female friendships in 2009 Essex.

 

 

Screening at: 19:20

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BEST FILM AWARD

Unconditional 

In the captivating 15-minute short documentary "Unleashed," renowned canine behaviorist Will Atherton's life dramatically changes when his dog saves him from depression and a suicide attempt, showcasing love's extraordinary power.

Screening at: 19:20

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 TALK 

Return of Festival Friend Koby Adom 

We are fortunate to welcome Koby to Luton for an inspiring discussion on forging a successful directing career and maintaining creative momentum. His insights promise to enlighten and motivate aspiring filmmakers and creatives alike.

Discussion at: 19:10

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 BUTE STREET FESTIVAL 2024 AWARDS 21:15 

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