Manchester Film Festival, powered by Metrolink has come to a close with a screening of Katie Says Goodbye, the moving tale of a young women struggling to escape her mundane existence in the American Southwest. The film was followed by a Q&A with star of the film and Oldham’s own Olivia Cooke.
A packed weekend that kicked off on Thursday saw over ninety films screen in the city’s Odeon, Printworks and included a host of guests including Karen Allen, Timothy Spall and Bronwen Hughes. This year’s three strands Rising Star, Be Who You Are Say What You Feel and Women in Film made for a wide array of films that left the Jury with much to discuss on the Jury Select Panel.
Along with the 'Jury Select' panel was a heated 'Women In Film' panel and a screenwriting talk with Elan Mastai, writer of ‘What If’. There was also time for music as Blake Reid, subject of the documentary No Roads In thrilled fans with a stunning live performance in the Printworks.
The festival ended with a tongue in cheek 'Oscar' style awards ceremony that saw Dublin set Cardboard Gangsters scoop the prestigious Film of the Festival and the Best Actor award for star John Connors. There were also big wins for Creedmoria which won the audience award and best director for Alicia Slimmer. Olivia Cooke won the coveted Best Actress prize and Erin Cipolletti picked up Best Screenplay for Josephine Doe.
After a hugely successful year that has seen the festival grow and reach a new level Programming Director Alan Bailey was left to reflect that ‘it’s been amazing, the films we have had this year have proven just how strong independent film can be when given a platform’, whilst Festival Co Founder Neil Jeram-Croft said ‘this year has been a triumph, a huge thanks to the filmmakers, sponsors, volunteers and film fans who came out in force the festival – next year is going to be even better’.
Best Screenplay - Josephine Doe
Best Edit – My Life as a Film
Best Score – No Roads In
Best Animation – A Little Grey
Best Production – Creedmoria
Best Music Video – Peaceful Life
Best Experimental – Running Through Life
Best Actress – Olivia Cooke (Katie Says Goodbye)
Best Actor – John Connors (Cardboard Gangsters)
Best Student Film - Among the Dead
Best Cinematography – The Journey is the Destination
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Best Documentary – Das Wassup
Audience Pick – Creedmoria
48 Hour Film Challenge - Be Myself
Best Uncomissioned Screeply - Protest by Olivia Moore
Staff Pick – Happy
Best International Short – A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud
The City Suites Best UK Short – The Last Laugh
Best UK Film – The Last Laugh
Best International Film (Foreign Language)– When The Sun Shines
Best Director – Alicia Slimmer (Creedmoria)
Best Feature Film – Cardboard Gangsters
Film of the Festival – Cardboard Gangsters
Special Jury Mentions also went to the following films.
Outstanding Screenplay: Card Board Gangsters and Planet Ottakring
Outstanding Edit - Hunter Gatherer and No Roads In
Outstanding Score - Creedmoria and The Journey Is the Destination
Outstanding Animation - I am Dyslexic, Magic Box and Crack'd
Outstanding Production - The Black Prince and The Journey Is the Destination
Outstanding Music Video - Schoolboy Q "John Muir" and Fireball
Outstanding Experimental Film - The Copyist and Dominio
Outstanding Actress - Stef Dawson (Creedmoria) and Laura Kjaer (When the Sun Shines)
Outstanding Actor - Elias Munk (When the Sun Shines) and Ben Schetzner (The Journey Is the Destination)
Outstanding Student Film - My Cousin Klara and My Life as a Film
Outstanding Cinematography - Cardboard Gangsters and No Roads In
Outstanding Documentary Short - Mama Rwanda and Julian Price
Outstanding Documentary Feature - My Life as a Film and No Roads In
Outstanding UK Short - Cautionary Tales and One Last Dance
Outstanding International Short - Fils (Son) and Democracy in the Drivers Seat
Outstanding UK Film - Stanley a Man of Variety and The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan
Outstanding International Film (Foreign Language) - Public Intimacy and Land of Exodus
Outstanding Director - Bronwen Hughes (The Journey Is the Destination) and Mark O'Connor (Cardboard Gangsters)
Outstanding Feature Film - When the Sun Shines and Katie Says Goodbye