14th-16th June 2019

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What Is The LUMA Film Festival?

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Created by students, for students, championing the work of budding filmmakers at the University of York – one of the UK’s top Film and Television production departments.

In addition to these screenings, LUMA also includes a range of talks and workshops from leading professionals in the UK film & television industry. Past festivals have welcomed Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins, television writer, actor and producer Charlie Higson, BAFTA-nominated director Peter Webber and bestselling novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz amongst many more.

Productions that have screened at LUMA have gone on to win awards and recognition at both a national and international level, with BAFTA nominations and Royal Television Society Awards.

This year’s festival is taking place on the 14th-16th of June 2019 from 10am to 10pm, at the Department of TFTV building on Heslington East campus, York. LUMA 2019 is a free festival, and everyone is invited to come and share in this entertaining and memorable event. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Explore the Event:

Film Screenings:

Gala Screenings

The Gala Screenings invite audiences to come to our amazing 143-seat digital cinema to watch the official selection of films. This is an exclusive part to the festival, which will include the most engaging, innovative and exciting films that have come out of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television this year.

Tickets for this will be released alongside the nominated films, and the audience get a chance to vote for their favourites, with the votes for the Audience Award calculated on the night.

Day Screenings

As well as the official selection, we also screen the great short films that have not been included in the official selection. This year, these films will be sorted into specific screening slots, giving all attendees a chance to see even more of the great work produced at the University.


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