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Sunday 26 Jan 2020

[@]Manchester International Film Festival

ManIFF at AMC Manchester

There are, of course, many established film festivals across the globe and in 2015 Manchester added a new one called Manchester International Film Festival (ManIFF), showcasing 71 films it was held over the weekend, yes three days, of 10th - 12th July.

Unlock Manchester popped along to the AMC, in the Great Northern Warehouse, to get a feel of what was happening and a look at a few of the films. The AMC’s ticket hall was branded with ManIFF banners, a red carpet and the change to talk to some of the filmmakers themselves.

The festival brought together a wide selection of genres and productions with many being UK premiers. The festival ran 'Shorts', 10-20 minutes, to full length movies including films from European, American, South American and Asian filmmakers. There where workshops looking at the skills and business knowledge needed to make successful movies delivered by industry professionals.

During a 7 month period thousands of films where submitted to the festivals selection panel, which resulted in the final 71 films line up. ManIFF's goal is to champion powerful stories while acknowledging the film-makers craft and the complexity of taking a story and translating it to the big screen.

With so much choice on offer it was hard to pick a selection of films to see, however we did manage to check out a few. ‘Not My Day’ is a full feature film directed by Peter Thorwarth about a German bank clerk, a bank heist that goes wrong, being kidnapped and what happens over the next few days. This was certainly a black comedy with insight into how people view their and others peoples world funny and sometimes poignant.

The festivals had other good presentations such as The Imago, a world premier directed by Emiliano Galigani, who was the special guest at the filmmakers studio 'From Stage to Screen'. There selction also included a series of animated shorts and it included some of the best films from the 2015 Montreal Animaze Festival.

The whole weekend was rounded up with a party at 235 Live, the casino and restaurant space within the Great Northern Warehouse.

All in all this looks ManIFF could build in to an interesting and diverse annual festival on Manchester's cultural scene and if you missed this year look out for 2016!

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