Luton Film Festival will showcase independent films for the town’s young people

An independent film festival organized by young people in Luton will take place next week, in conjunction with the Bute Street Film Festival.

The Breakthrough Film Festival takes place March 17 and 18 at The Hat Factory. The Youth Film Program is an opportunity for young people aged 16-22 to learn more about films, the film industry and organize their own film festival.

Over the past eight weeks the program has engaged with independent and mainstream film and taught young people in Luton about different types of film, leading organizers to select two independent films about young people, identity and the challenges they face, which relate to the lives of young Lutonians today.

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The two films selected are Growing Pains, written and directed by Jack Curtis; and Adnan, directed by Mark Arrigo and Steven Chatterton. Growing Pains tells the story of a 13-year-old girl, her father’s primary caregiver who was involved in a car accident several years prior, leaving him with permanent neurological damage.

But as her father medicates himself with cannabis, the only remedy he has found effective in relieving her pain, her bullies at school find out, as she learns that sharing isn’t always caring.

Adnan, meanwhile, tells the story of an imaginative ten-year-old Syrian refugee boy who had to flee his home country with his mother after the rest of their family was killed and their neighborhood was destroyed. been destroyed. Now settled in the UK, he must use all his creativity to defeat his mother’s PTSD or risk losing her forever.

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The second night is the presentation of the film King Richard, the biopic on Richard Williams, the father of American tennis icons Venus and Serena Williams. Along with Will Smith, it has been nominated for six Oscars and four BAFTAs since its release in November 2021.

Dillon, a videographer who worked on the program, said: “The Youth Film Program brought me into the professional film industry by meeting other young creators and having the opportunity to talk to people working in the industry. Helping to create this film festival has been a fantastic experience for my future goals, not only has it brought together teamwork, but a real boost from everyone who has worked on this project during weeks.

“The Young Films Program gives our generation of filmmakers the opportunity to learn and develop their skills locally and enhance the development of the creative arts scene in Luton.”

The program is run by Bute Street Film Festival and supported by Youth Network CIC. The event is free both evenings from 6:30 p.m., with screenings beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for both evenings can be reserved by clicking here.