The Manchester Film Festival, powered by Metrolink, announces the full line up of the 2017 official selection. 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 such as LIGHTNINGFACE starring OSCAR ISAAC and Ben Price’s TAUBMAN starring JACK P SHEPHERD.
The Manchester Film Festival will once again tie in with Manchester’s WONDER WOMAN season 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 and MANIFF15 Alumni RUBY YANG.
The full official selection (below) 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. The eclectic mix will be showcased over the four day weekend 2nd – 5th March at the ODEON PRINTWORKS Manchester where the festival will take over the top floor of the multiplex cinema as the festival hub to create a vibrant and personal festival atmosphere for filmmakers and film lovers alike. TIMOTHY SPALL, KAREN ALLEN, STEF DAWSON, BRONWEN HUGHES and OLIVIA COOKE are among several confirmed guests.