Audiences wowed by special guests at MANIFF 2017.

Manchester Film Festival returned for its third edition with another amazing collection of independent films. One of the treats for the MANIFF audience has always been the chance to meet and ask questions of the filmmakers after their UK and world premiere screenings. This year was no exception with even more filmmakers attending the festival, and some big names making an appearance too!

Audiences were delighted that Timothy Spall was in attendance for his film "Stanley A Man of Variety" and he had a great time in the lively Q and A, hosted by Michael Tudor, which took place after the film.

International star Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark) delighted audiences by taking part in the free of charge 'Women in Film' Panel discussion, alongside The Hunger Games' Stef Dawson and Breaking Bad director Bronwyn Hughes. Karen's directorial debut 'A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud' won Best International Short and Karen made time for her fans signing autographs after the Q and A.

Closing the festival was the gala screening of 'Katie Says Goodbye' starring Manchester's very own Olivia Cooke. Olivia took a break from her busy schedule of filming 'Bates Motel' and Steven Spielberg's new film 'Ready Player One' to attend the festival, introduce her film and take part in a Q and A afterwards. Olivia also stayed for the closing award ceremony, where she picked up the best actress award.

Other notable guests at the festival included James Nesbitt who came to see Film of the Festival winner 'Cardboard Gangsters' and stayed till the early hours at the closing party!

MANIFF returns with its 4th edition from the 1st to the 4th of March 2017 and will again be serving up great stories from the world of independent film with even more fantastic special guest appearances.

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