PhoenixWorksFilms Ltd. is presenting Phoenix Rising International Film Festival, which will be held at HAT Factory Arts Centre in Luton between 13th May and 15th May.

It’s a pleasure for PhoenixWorksFilms to bring worldwide attention to the burgeoning town of Luton and its surrounding areas by hosting an International Film Festival with wide appeal, helping to promote the arts within the local community and the county. Doing so at such a brilliant hub such as the HAT Arts Factory, a 100-seater auditorium will only help to add that extra pizzazz!

“The last decade has seen the rise of online monthly film festivals for small, independent films. Whilst these festivals hold value within the filmmaking community, our aim is to go back to the tradition of hosting a yearly festival with attendance by both filmmakers and the general public to help promote networking and adding that glitz and glamour seen at events such as Venice, Raindance and Cannes. The independent, self-funded filmmaker needs that too!” – PRIFF Team

You can get your tickets at Hat Factory.

To meet our team and find out more about the festival visit our


  • Friday, May 13, 2022

The Hat Factory

The Hat Factory is Luton's leading arts and entertainment venue featuring live music, club nights, theatre, dance, films, children's activities, workshops, classes and gallery exhibitions.

It's a centre of artistic excellence set within a vibrant urban environment. It offers the young and the young at heart the chance to engage with the arts, to be inspired by the UK’s leading arts practitioners, and to develop artistic skills and confidence.

The Hat Factory is a combined arts venue in the centre of Luton. It opened in 2003 and since then has been the area’s main provider of contemporary theatre, dance and music. We work with both emerging and proven producers and artists, through programming, engagement programmes and our Associate Artist scheme. Their music programming is vibrant, offering an eclectic portfolio of high quality artists from the worlds of jazz, blues, folk, world music, indie and hip hop. Complementing their own programming, they welcome local/regional promoters to the venue, broadening their music offer and at the same time supporting young promoters and their businesses. They programme contemporary theatre and dance with a focus on fresh, new and relevant stories from both established and emerging touring companies who are making high quality work in the UK. They’ve programmed companies like Earthfall, Chickenshed, New International Encounter (NIE), Trestle, Menagerie, Eastern Angles, Atma, State of Emergency, 30 Bird, Tavaziva, Analogue and Jean Abreu Dance to name but a few.

Venue Hire

The Hat Factory has flexible spaces of various sizes to suit every need. See Venue Hire for more information.


To become part of The Hat Factory's programme, please contact our Head of Arts & Cultural Programmes, Fahim Qureshi at

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