MANCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 13 international SHORT FILMS THAT WILL COMPETE IN COMPETITION IN THE 2ND EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL.

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*All Short sessions followed by Director Q and A

Showing on Saturday March 5th at 5pm @ AMC

Winter Light

Oscar Nominated 

Directed by Julian Higgins

(United States)

Starring- Raymond J. Barry (Dead Man Walking), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), Q'orianka Kilcher (The New World), Josh Pence (The Social Network),  Michael Bofshever (United 93) 

Runtime- 28 minutes

English language

Co produced by ManIFF2016 triple nominee Abigail Spencer, Oscar nominated 'Winter Light' tells the story of an ageing college professor who confronts two hunters trespassing on his property. He begins an escalating battle of wills that will test his faith in everything he holds dear. Adapted from a short story by acclaimed author James Lee Burke, WINTER LIGHT is a modern-day revisionist Western set in the frozen wilderness of Montana.

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Winter

European Premiere

Directed by Lina Roessler

(Canada)

Starring- Saad Siddiqui, Ishraadkarim Devje, SirenaGulamgaus

Runtime- 6 minutes

Subtitles

Ten year old Farzin and his little sister Gita try to make sense of their mother’s passing and their new home in Canada shortly after the Iranian Revolution in the early 1980’s. For the children, the revolution itself, how and why their mother passed away, and their families religious beliefs or lack thereof are never fully brought to light. These issues belong to the “real world” of grownups, and exist as a subtle backdrop to the inner life of the children- one they must struggle to comprehend and make sense of, all on their own. Upon discovering snow for the fist time, Farzin and Gita use their imagination to create what unfortunately, cannot be true. In doing so, they uncover the harsh reality between truth and imagination and with this loss of innocence, begin their journey out of childhood. Winter is the second in a series of short films titled “Little Whispers”, examining the unique ability children have to use imagination in bearing harsh realities.

* Part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme to coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Woman' season.

*Also playing in front of Despite The Falling Snow on Sunday 6th March.

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Perfection

UK PREMIERE

Directed by Benedikt Röskau

(Germany)

Starring- Lisa Martinek, Heio von Stetten, Tinka Kleffner

Runtime- 12 minutes

Subtitles

Vera has found the perfect man! The internet dating site indicates a 100% match with Frank. Their happiness could be perfect, if only Frank didn't see it very differently - and is already on his way out the door again. But Vera is determined to keep the man of her life.

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER

UK PREMIERE

Directed by Mu Sun

(United States)

Starring- Bodhi Elfman, Georgina Reilly

Runtime-  15 minutes

English language

In a totalitarian world where the only currency is song, citizens must sing well in order to eat. Unfortunately, Glen has just come down with a severe bout of laryngitis. After getting kicked out of yet another fine restaurant for his sub-par crooning, he’s out of ideas. But when Glen saves a young vandal named Billie from being arrested by the secret police, she takes Glen to an underground open mic where everyone has an equal chance to sing for their supper. Will Glen find his voice, or has he bitten off more than he can chew?

*Part of 'Music Saturday' event.

*Also playing in front of The Manny,  Saturday 5th March.

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The Sharpest fingers in clayburn county

uk premiere

Directed by Glen Schroeder

(Canada)

Starring- Mike Dopud, Aaron Pearl, Danielle Stott-Roy

Runtime- 6 minutes

English language

A whimsical tale of two testosterone-driven men in a tavern, meeting each other in an origami stand off.

Hope

Directed by Aleix Buch

(Spain)

Starring- Julia Molins, Josep M. Alejandre

Runtime- 8 minutes

Subtitles

Hope as a placebo effect. Two concentric circles that intertwine between them. The first story of Claudia Recher, a young woman who lives through a tragic situation and ends up escaping from it. While in the second one, Nikolaus, tries to impose himself from a situation that he created and failed to control.

Karma

Uk premiere

Directed by Vladimir Mitrevski

(Macedonia)

Starring- Dimitrija Doksevski, Milan Tocinovski, Aksel Mehmet

Runtime- 17 minutes

Subtitles

Several people with different needs and values are chained together in a series of events. The central figure is Bobby, a father who`s child is terminally ill. He has to find a way to pay for his child`s surgery, because the time is running out.

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respite

Directed by Adriano Cirulli

(Germany)

Starring- Gianluca Cesale

Runtime- 20 minutes

Subtitles

A man leads an organized life. He jogs each morning, works in the office nine to five, picks up the laundry once a week. He also lives in his car, and he hasn’t seen his wife and daughter for a while. But don’t we all need a little break from the world every so often?

A walk in winter

International Premiere

Directed by Ryan Moody

(United States)

Starring- James Franco (127 Hours), Abigail Spencer (Rectify), Jack Kehler (The Big Lebowski)

Runtime- 14 minutes

English language

Conrad has returned to his hometown in the middle of winter. Riding with the sheriff, he is on his way to find out whether the ruined corpse found nearby is his long-disappeared mother. When he finally sees the remains, he is suddenly shocked into understanding the missing pieces of his early life.

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Demilitarized zone

UK Premiere

Directed by Minu Lee

(South Korea)

Starring- Gunhyuk Lim, Jun Lee 

Runtime- 9 minutes

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A soldier from South Korea tries to run way from MPs (military polices) chase, jumps into the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Right after MPs pullout, he gathers breath, but realizes his circumstances. He holds his breath and tries to commit suicide aiming his rifle at his mouth. However, he can’t pull a trigger. He senses somebody’s presence that moment, looks around, and discovers another soldier walking near him. He sneaks around behind the soldier and observes the soldier’s behavior. He feels strange because the soldier’s movement is quite different from MPs. He watches the soldier very carefully.

Debris

World Premiere

Directed by Mary-Lyn Chambers

(United States)

Starring- Isabella Luna, Martin Simone, Kate Nichols, Jaime Alvarez

Runtime- 15 minutes

English language

Twelve-year old Ana arrives at a United States immigration detention center with nothing but the clothes on her back, her mute, younger brother, and a treasured music box. Ana finds that seeking safety will cost more than she bargained for.

* Part of the 'Inspiring Women in Film' programme to coincide with Manchester's 2016 'Wonder Woman' season. Second screening playing in front of closing night film 'There Should Be Rules'

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Family Bonds

world premiere

Directed by Takashi Yamamoto

Japan

Starring- Aki Shibuya, Kurahito Aragane

Runtime- 19 minutes

Subtitles

Shinji and Yuko were a happy couple living in the suburbs until an unspeakable tragedy caused them to grow apart. With a year since this tragedy occurred approaching, the distance between them continues to grow. How will these two face the reality of this tragedy? Only together can they find the answer.

Artificial

uk premiere

Directed by David P. Sañudo

(Spain)

Starring- Gorka Otxoa, Aitor Mazo

Runtime- 20 minutes

Subtitles

Xabier (Gorka Otxoa) goes for a job interview. What he doesn't know is that he has already been selected. CORPSA offers to pay him 80,000 if he agrees to be cloned. But more than just a lot of money depends on his decision.  Still, Xabier isn't sure. What if runs into someone identical to himself one day? Who can reassure him he won't be replaced?

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Showing on Saturday March 5th at pm 10@ AMC