MANIFF2018 COMES TO A CLOSE

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Manchester Film Festival 2018 came to a close on Sunday night with a gala screening, in association with City Suites, of the powerful NONA.

Starring Kate Bosworth NONA focuses on the journey of a Honduran girl as she travels to America to reunite with her mother, however the journey is perilous when the man she trusted to help her is not all he seems.

The film was a fitting close to this year’s event, which saw MANIFF continue to grow its burgeoning reputation as a festival that champions independent cinema for all.

The screening was followed by an awards ceremony where the winners, including chief.tv Film of the Festival and Best Foreign Language Film Can’t Say Goodbye take home a coveted Manchester Bee.

Other big winners on the night were Damascus Cover for Best English Language Feature, James Cotten for Best Director for his film Painted Women, Yoshua for Best International Short, Sunday Worship for Best UK Short and Mad Hannans for Best Documentary. Best Screenplay went to Bernard and Huey.

This year’s acting awards went to Catherine Eaton for her stunning performance in The Sounding and Johnathan Rhys-Meyers for his complex work in Damascus Cover.

After the ceremony finished filmmakers, stars and festival staff saw out the night, and the festival, with a party at the Festival Hub.

Manchester Film Festival 2018 Award Winners:

BEST MUSIC VIDEO - LOOKING BACK

BEST STUDENT FILM - LIEUTENANT AT ARMS

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM - THE DEAD MAN SPEAKS

BEST ANIMATION - TANGUITO ARGENTINO

48 HOUR FILM CHALLENGE WINNER – BET ON IT

BEST SCORE - COVADONGA

BEST EDITING - DAMASCUS COVER

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - THE ISLE

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN - DAMASCUS COVER

BEST UNCOMISSIONED SCREENPLAY - HONEY BOY- By SHIA LABEOUF AND OTIS LORT

BEST SCREENPLAY - BERNARD AND HUEY- BY JULES FEIFFER

BEST ACTRESS - CATHERINE EATON – THE SOUNDING

BEST ACTOR - JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS - DAMASCUS COVER

STAFF PICK - SAC DE MERDE

BEST DIRECTOR - JAMES COTTEN – PAINTED WOMAN

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT - FORTY FIVE – THE SEARCH FOR SOUL

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT - YOSHUA

BEST UK SHORT - SUNDAY WORSHIP

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - MAD HANNANS

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - CAN’T SAY GOODBYE

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FEATURE - DAMASCUS COVER

CHIEF. FILM OF THE FESTIVAL - CAN’T SAY GOODBYE

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