MANIFF 2017 ANNOUNCES 2017 official selection

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The Manchester Film Festival 2017, powered by Metrolink, is back, bigger and better here at the ODEON PRINTWORKS MANCHESTER from March 2nd – 5th. This year’s three main strands are RISING STARS, BE WHO YOU ARE SAY WHAT YOU FEEL and MANIFF’s annual WOMEN IN FILM.

New to 2017 the RISING STARS strand will showcase emerging talent from behind and in front of the independent camera with closing night film KATIE SAYS GOODBYE starring OLIVIA COOKE spearheading a line-up of films that include  UK premieres THE JOURNEY IS THE DESTINATION starring BEN SCHNETZER, CREEDMORIA starring STEF DAWSON, CARDBOARD GANGSTERS starring JOHN CONNORS, WHEN THE SUN SHINES starring ELIAS MUNK and a string of films from first time filmmakers that include U.S feature JOSEPHINE DOE by Ryan Michael, U.K micro budget feature ACROSS THE RIVER by Warren Malone and first time director JOSHUA LOCY’s HUNTER GATHERER, starring ANDRE ROYO.

The festival’s second strand of 2017, BE WHO YOU ARE SAY WHAT YOU FEEL inspired by the Dr Seuss quote of “…because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind” will champion the vast selection of films that portray themes of acceptance and freedom. Highlights within this strand include the Brazilian feature PUBLIC INTIMACY, UK premiere THE BLACK PRINCE starring JASON FLEMYNG, STANLEY A MAN OF VARIETY starring TIMOTHY SPALL, documentary feature DAS WASSUP and an array of short films that feature films such as LIGHTNINGFACE starring OSCAR ISAAC and Ben Price’s TAUBMAN starring JACK P SHEPHERD.

MANIFF17 will once again tie in with Manchester’s WONDER WOMAN event to celebrate a selection of 30 plus films by female directors, with the headlining films being Hollywood legend Karen Allen’s debut A TREE, A ROCK, A CLOUD, the world premiere and opening night film, in association with the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, ALFIE BOE – ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM by Lisa Edwards and IN SEARCH OF PERFECT CONSONANCE by Oscar winner Ruby Yang.

The official selection includes everything from experimental and documentary to animation and music video that will feature legendary names such as JONATHAN PRYCE, CILLIAN MURPHY and HELEN MIRREN to up and coming actors and filmmakers from the world of independent cinema. TIMOTHY SPALL, STEF DAWSON, BRONWEN HUGHES, OLIVIA COOKE and KAREN ALLEN are among several confirmed guests at this year's event.