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The Manchester Film Festival 2016 kicked off in style, was full of substance by half time and ended with glory at the final whistle. The promise of bringing new and exciting films from the world of independent cinema was delivered with the accuracy of a David Beckham cross. Over the 3 day weekend Manchester crowds, film critics and filmmakers witnessed a net full of diverse films to savour and remember. Opening night was packed to the rafters with the AMC looking more reminiscent of a premier league football ground than a local cinema multiplex, with filmmakers from every corner of the globe mixing and milling in the crowds of film fans looking to get their first chance to catch the never before seen films. DENNIS VIOLLET – A UNITED MAN was presented expertly alongside a strong shorts package that included eventual winner of best UK short BREAK starring Sir john Hurt. The two tiered cinema was crammed full of excited and enthusiastic individuals, including footballing legends such as Dennis Law, who received all the films with warmth and appreciation, which was further confirmed with a receptive and informative Q and A from all the filmmakers. While the atmosphere was pumping from the electric opening, over at HOME the festival introduced itself with Swedish coming of age tale THERE SHOULD BE RULES starring ANNA HÄGGLIN,  who also went on to win best actress of the festival. The cocktail of films that were showcased at the opening night gala were just a subtle taste of the eclectic mix of what was to come and once the after party celebrations at the glorious Hilton Cloud 23 eventually simmered down it was clear that Manchester was in for a bubbling weekend of cinema celebrations.
“I must congratulate you on your choice of strategy with the submitting procedure, since you had this independent feeling on many of your films. Coming to this festival had interesting perspectives. This will absolutely become a, in the best sense, “larger festival” in the many years to come. Leif Mohlin, Producer, There Should be Rules.
"I had an absolute ball at ManIFF2016!" Rachel Viollet, Director , Dennis Viollet - A United Man
The first full day of the fest was billed as ‘Surprise Friday’ and over at the ODEON PRINTWORKS nothing missed its target with unknown features such as award winners MADE IN TAIWAN and PSYCHOANALYSIS making their world premieres to outstanding audience and critical reactions, displaying once again that ManIFF is a serious festival to reckon with when it comes to curating a programme of new and well-crafted stories. In addition to the excellent films, all kinds of interesting workshops and talks were happening over at the Chambers of Commerce, and continued to do so throughout the weekend.
“Thanks to the Manchester Film Festival for taking a chance on our film, just to have us here and for us to be involved. We’ve had such a good time meeting all the other filmmakers and getting to watch and be inspired by their films.” Jonny Moore, Co-Director, Made in Taiwan
“Thanks to the Manchester film festival for giving a voice to something that would not really be seen anywhere else.” James Raue, Director, Psychoanalysis
Day two was ‘Music Saturday’ and by 4pm in the PRINTWORKS it was clear that once again the festival was going to strike the right note with an awesome performance by Vince Giordano and Mart Rodgers, the former being the subject of the award winning world premiere of VINCE GIORDANO-THERE’S A FUTURE IN THE PAST. Revellers were treated with sounds of the 20’s to a standard never before heard in Manchester, as the Brooklyn based Jazz genius stomped, swung and swooned. Not to be out done by all the swinging another world premiere LUNAR ORBIT was presented by the groups very own Alex Paterson to an appreciative dance audience late into a familiar after hours evening. Speaking of appreciative audiences a surprise visit from ex gossip girl star Penn Badgley added further excitement to ‘Music Saturday’ as the US actor took time out from a tour with his band MOTHXR to give an informed view of his outstanding performance in the international premiere of PAPER STORE. While music was ringing in the ears over at the ODEON, the AMC was buzzing with crowds as once again screening after screening of outstanding shorts were sold out, with the film’s directors and stars informing audiences at insightful Q and A’s that included films such as the brilliant RUMBLE, the red hot FIRE and award winning DEBRIS.
"Tele-port me back to ManIFF, anytime! An amazing time with great memories and great friends made along the way"  Mary -Lyn Chambers, Director Debris
With tired heads from parties and events there was One final leg to get through and Sunday certainly didn’t run out of steam in injury time as numerous interviews with all the women filmmaker’s of the festival were staged at Elliot House to celebrate inspiring women in film, this contrasting against the back drop of sports films at the AMC once more highlighted how diverse the festival was in its programming and inclusive hospitality throughout. ‘Sports Sunday’ and every-day at ManIFF felt welcoming as both a filmmaker community and film loving gatherings, with films such as WEST OF REDEMPTION and DENNIS RODMAN’S BIG BANG IN PYONYANG being the ultra-contrasting highlights of a final day that climaxed with a genuinely heartfelt closing awards ceremony that not only awarded the best in competition but also closed a truly independent film festival with humble style. An unusual and superb parade of the festival flags from the awards at the ODEON across the city to an almighty closing night party at ARTISAN was the perfect ending to a great international event for Manchester and its film loving citizens. The main champion of the night was French film THUGOCARCY directed by Fabrice Garçon and Kévin Ossona, picking up four awards including best actor for the sensational Salim Kechiouche, and the big worker bee trophy for film of the festival.
“The most fun festival we’ve ever been to. And we’ve been to a lot!” Cornelia Moore, Director, West of Redemption
So as the taps turn off on the communal bath that was ManIFF2016 and both organisers and participants towel themselves down from the blood sweat and tears that were portrayed brilliantly on every screen, one thing is a sure bet…this Manchester Film Festival isn’t getting relegated anytime soon. #17 is already in training, same again next March for another champion’s league of film. 
“I feel like this is going to be a bigger and important festival, as the years go on, an amazing early life to a festival with massive international potential.” Larry Estes, Producer, West of Redemption
"The most communicative and informative film festivals I have ever had the pleasure of attending" - Nicholas Gray, Director, The Paper Store
"The festival and all its staff are just as passionate about film as the filmmakers themselves, absolutely fantastic!" Nicholas Moss, Director, Break
Check out the full line up of films here
The official T-Shirts of the festival are by Made From Manchester and all proceeds from the sale of the T-Shirts goes to the Teenage Cancer Trust, buy your T-Shirts here


ManIFF2016 has towelled itself down from the blood sweat and tears that were portrayed brilliantly on every screen and is now ready for #17. Submit now to “the next Sundance” – ‘I LOVE Manchester’ and be a part of one of the fastest growing and vibrant film festivals in the world.


Trailer for Martin Scorsese's Silence

Check out the trailer for latest Martin Scorsese movie Silence.  The film takes place in 17th Century and stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as two Portuguese missionaries who travel to Japan to search for their mentor (Liam Neeson) and minister to Christian's who have been outlawed. Scorsese has been developing Silence since 1990 and is a significant passion project for the director. One things for certain - it looks epic.      ...


We've had plenty of fantastic work submitted to next years festival and there is still time to get yours in before our final deadline on November 16th. 2016 was a stunning year for MANIFF and 2017 is set to be even better with a wide range of films from around the globe. Check out the video below and see what you can expect from one of the fastest growing festivals on the circuit.   To submit go to FilmFreeway or Withouabox ...

Manchester Film Festival Submissions

There is still time to enter your work for consideration to next years Manchester Film Festival. Our FINAL deadline is November 16th. Enter through: Filmfreeway Withoutabox We accept submissions in all disciplines. Next years festival is taking place 2nd-5th March and is set to be our biggest and best year yet. ...

Manchester Film Festival announces official selection

The Manchester International Film Festival (March 3-6) has announced its official selection this morning and will open with the international premiere of sports documentary Dennis Viollet - A United Man.   The film is a portrait of the late Manchester United football player who survived the notorious Munich air crash of 1958 and went on to become not only the captain of Manchester United but also the first British footballer to pioneer the sport worldwide and bring ‘soccer&...

Early Bird Deadline - 1st September

The early bird deadline for Manchester Film Festival is on the 1st of September so there is less than a week left to take advantage of the reduced submission fees. Head over to any of our submission platforms, just click on them listed below to get your entry in before the deadline! Withoutabox Filmfreeway FIlm Festival Life ...

Submissions Open for Manchester Film Festival 2016

After the huge success of the first Machester Film Festival we are already planning for the 2016 edition. The dates have now been finalised as the 3rd - 6th of March 2016 and submissions are now open! You can submit via, filmfreeway. withoutabox, film festival life and festhome. Just Click the links below to submit now! ...

Manchester Film Festival - Official Feature Selection

ManIFF2015 is proud to announce its official feature selection for the inaugural Manchester Film Festival. All 20 trailers of the World and U.K premières were played and received with excitement and intrigue at an exclusive press screening at The Landing, MediacityUK. Amongst the films to première at the inaugural Manchester Film Festival, which is taking place at the AMC Great Northern Warehouse from 10th- 12th July, is the U.K Première of ‘Two Down’ which is...

Official Selection to be revealed 30th of April

ManIFF2015 The Manchester Film Festival’s press release screening of its official feature film selection will take place on Thursday 30th April 2015 11.00a.m at ‘On the 7th’, The Landing, MediaCityUK.  The relaxed gathering of approximately one hour will unveil 18 trailers of the chosen films to showcase the inaugural Manchester Film Festival.   Any press/bloggers etc who would like to attend please email: to arrange. Space is very limited. ...

MANIFF Secret Screenwriter week 4

MANIFF's secret screenwriter is still giving out his screenwriting tips for free. Still wondering who he is?   "If you feel you would much prefer to run with your story idea and start writing your script today instead of answering what appear to be dumb questions and making lists, I would strongly advise you not to. "   Instead head over to the screenwriting blog for this weeks lesson.

Week 3 of The Secret Screenwriter: creation and asking the right kind of question.

WHEN WRITING A STORY FROM SCRATCH (especially if you are making it up as you go along) the subconscious is continually asking questions, mainly:     ‘what happens next?’ And if you come up with an answer to your subconscious question you will call this a ‘creative thought’. But really it was the answer to a question you asked on autopilot.   Questions and answers are the single most important thing in the CREATION of your story.  ...

Special 25% discount off submissions for users!

We are offerening an exclusicve 25% submission fee doscount to all members of Simply submit your film via FilmFreeway Use the discount code FILMFEST25 and receive your 25 % discount. Submissions are open until the 20th of March. Good Luck and Happy Submitting!   ...

Exercise 1 from the secret screenwriter is now up on our blog

SO, YOU HAVE AN IDEA FOR A SCREENPLAY?   If there is something you can learn how to do—and providing you want to learn how to do it—you could learn how to do that thing to an OK standard, right? And if you can learn how to do it to an OK standard, there is no reason you couldn't learn how to do it to an excellent standard, no? So tell me something that you can’t learn how to do? Don’t listen to people who say things like you either have it or yo...

Industry Screenwriter agrees to be ManIFF’s Stig!

Industry Screenwriter agrees to be ManIFF’s Stig! FREE SCREENWRITING WEB COURSE Every great film begins with a great story and Manchester International Film Festival is excited to announce its very own ‘Secret Screenwriter’ web course. ManIFF’s chosen ‘Stig’ of the film world is donning his screenwriting helmet and is offering his knowledge to all our followers in the run up to the inaugural Manchester International Film Festival 2015. Whether you follow his...

Calls of entry to MANIFF 2015 are open!

Manchester International Film Festival is pleased to announce that entries for the inaugural festival are now open via filmfreeway and withoutabox. The links are below. Check the Website: Visit us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: The Manchester International Film Festival has been founded to become an annual event to showcase strong and inventive film-making. Running alongside the ...

Official Logo Revealed

MANIFF is pleased to announce that the Manchester worker bee is to be its official emblem. The symbol of the bee was used to portray Mancunians’ hard working ethos during the industrial revolution, in the 19th century. The winner of the best film of the 2015 festival will be the first to receive the annual Golden Bee award. Other categories that include best screenplay, best feature, best short, and best director will receive a collection of accolades that comprise of ’ The Silver ...

Venue Confirmed for MANIFF 2015

MANIFF2015 is excited to announce its first confirmed venue for its inaugural year, the AMC Manchester. In partnership with the UK’S exclusive AMC Manchester, the festival will house the first of its exclusive screenings at the Grade 2* listed Great Northern Warehouse in the heart of the world’s most industrious city. The Great Northern Warehouse champions the city’s heritage as being the one time home of the historic transport interchange that housed the colossal volumes of ...


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