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February Events...

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)
  • Australian International Documentary Conference
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
  • Festival des Images aux Mots
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • LesFlicks LGBT History Month
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival
  • Oaxaca FilmFest
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Pride: Bloomington's LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Queer Film Festival: University of Oregon
  • Queer Lens
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Salento Rainbow Film Fest
  • Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival
  • Tag! Queer Shorts Festival!
  • Tels Quels Festival
Manchester Film Festival

Manchester Film Festival

Saturday, 06 March 2021 until Sunday, 14 March 2021

Manchester Film Festival is a truly independent film festival, one that champions cinema from around the globe and doesn’t put barriers on the films it screens. The organisation is proud of its honest and transparent roots and is committed to screening the best stories from around the world, right in the heart of one of the UK’s most vibrant cities.

All films will be screened in a cinema with full surround sound and crystal-clear visuals and all attending filmmakers are invited to take part in post-screening Q&A’s, red carpet interviews and nightly after parties. Meeting and networking with other film creatives and industry professionals in a relaxed atmosphere is a key aspect of the festival but so is connecting with audiences and film enthusiasts.

MANIFF has developed a reputation amongst the independent film community as an exciting place to showcase their work, an event that brings filmmakers together for a weeklong celebration of independent cinema.

The sixth edition of MANIFF took place at the Odeon Cinema, Great Northern Warehouse from the 7-15th March 2020 and screened over 170 films across the week. 2020 was the second year in a row that the festival ran for over a week, testament the growth and development of the event over the previous years.

With industry representation from Altitude, Curzon and One Bright Dot, the festival continued to develop its ties with key industry professionals and the 2021 event will see this grow even further.


All films in the official selection will compete for awards in the following categories with the prestigious Bee's being awarded to the winners at our annual closing night awards event.

Film of the festival
Best Feature
Best UK Short
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Edit
Best Documentary Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Music Video
Best Student Film
Best Score
Staff Pick
Best Animation
Un-commissioned Screenplay Competition

As well as awards we will be creating amazing prize packages with our sponsors.