Manchester Film Festival

MANIFF // Manchester Film Festival

4th edition

Mar 01 - Mar 04, 2018
Wilmslow, United Kingdom

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description The ONLY film festival in the world to be nominated alongside Glastonbury, Altitude, Latitude, V, Download, Creamfields, Wireless, Isle of Wight, Reading and Leeds, at the UK FESTIVAL AWARDS 2017.

Manchester Film Festival is a truly independent film festival, committed and dedicated to sharing great stories from both new and established international and domestic filmmakers from the world of independent cinema. The organisation is proud of its honest and transparent roots and will continue with the original ethos of selecting films purely from open submissions.

The Manchester Film Festival 2018 follows on from three impressive editions in 15, 16 and 17. Over the 4 day weekend #17 Manchester once again attracted crowds of film critics, filmmakers, distributors, fans and of course the industry professionals of our established Jury Select, who witnessed an eclectic mix of diverse films to savour and remember. The north- west themed opening night was packed to the rafters with the ODEON cinema looking more reminiscent of a premier league football ground than the city’s largest multiplex, with filmmakers from every corner of the globe mixing and milling in the crowds of film fans looking to get their first chance to catch the films of the festival. With strands from ‘Women in Film’ to ‘Rising Stars and ‘Be who you are say what you feel’ MANIFF17 went from opening night through to closing awards with a glow of world premieres, filmmaker panel discussions and special guests that included Timothy Spall, Karen Allen, Olivia Cooke, Stef Dawson, Bronwen Hughes, James Nesbitt and many more writers, directors, producers and actors from the world of stage and screen. The 2017 event proved yet again Manchester’s commitment to be one of the most filmmaker centric festivals in the world with every film session being represented with a filmmaker Q and A… A testament to MANIFF’s hospitality for all its selected filmmakers. This personable approach not only makes the festival a great experience for filmmakers but also reflects these efforts with sell out audiences who come out in force, hungry for insights of behind the scene information. From amazing cinema screens to all out after parties the Manchester Film Festival is fast becoming the go to film fest of the UK and it’s now ready for #18.

Submit now to “the next Sundance” – ‘I LOVE Manchester’ and be a part of one of the most vibrant film festivals in the world.

For screenplay submissions please go to https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MANIFFScreenplays

“The Manchester Film Festival is an extraordinary experience — a gathering of filmmakers and fans with the pure intention of celebrating the creativity of film.” Bronwen Hughes, Director, The Journey is the Destination

"Really, I expect this festival be the next Slamdance, so it was a real honor to be selected!" Ryan Michael, Director, Josephine Doe

"MANIFF Rocks!" Stef Dawson, Actress, Creedmoria

"Undoubtably the best festival I’ve been to – and I’ve been to a lot over the last year. Some festivals get it spectacularly wrong with the screenings, the programming, the general atmosphere etc whereas you got everything spot on. The films I saw were excellent and the people I met were lovely." Paul Hendy, Director, The Last Laugh

“Thanks to the Manchester film festival for giving a voice to something that would not really be seen anywhere else.” James Raue, Director, Psychoanalysis

"This really was the best festival experience I've ever had!" Erin Derham, Director of 'Buskin' Blues'

"I had an absolute ball at ManIFF 2016!" Rachel Viollet, Director, Dennis Viollet - A united Man

“The most fun festival we’ve ever been to. And we’ve been to a lot!” Cornelia Moore, Director, West of Redemption

“Thanks to the Manchester Film Festival for taking a chance on our film, just to have us here and for us to be involved. We’ve had such a good time meeting all the other filmmakers and getting to watch and be inspired by their films.” Jonny Moore, Director, Made in Taiwan

"Tele-port me back to ManIFF, anytime! An amazing time with great memories and great friends made along the way" - Mary -Lyn Chambers, Director Debris

“I must congratulate you on your choice of strategy with the submitting procedure, since you had this independent feeling on many of your films. Coming to this festival had interesting perspectives. This will absolutely become a, in the best sense, “larger festival in the many years to come”. Leif Mohlin, Producer, There Should be Rules.

“I feel like this is going to be a bigger and important festival, as the years go on, an amazing early life to a festival with massive international potential.” Larry Estes, Producer, West of Redemption

"The most communicative and informative film festivals I have ever had the pleasure of attending" - Nicholas Gray, Director, The Paper Store

"The festival and all its staff are just as passionate about film as the filmmakers themselves, absolutely fantastic!" Nicholas Moss, Director, Break
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Festival website http://www.maniff.com

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Class Founded: 2015
Festival category: C (national relevance, national player)
Dates Open call: Jul 18, 2017

Early bird deadline: Sep 05, 2017
Regular deadline: Oct 24, 2017
Late deadline: Dec 05, 2017

Notification date: Jan 02, 2018

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Fees Fees range from 46.50 to 93.00 USD . See submission categories for details about fees. Submission through FFL is up to 8.64 USD cheaper than on other submission platforms for Film Plan subscribers.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Festival sections
Animation
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Film can be of any genre but must have been completed after January 1st 2014. All types of animation are accepted, (stop motions, hand drawn, computer animated etc) Films can be of any run time (short or feature). - Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles. Winner of the Best Animation at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival - The Coyote and the Rock.
Documentary Features
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Can be of any subject matter and format but films must have been completed after January 1st 2014 and have a run time of over 60 minutes. - Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles. "The 2015 ManIFF Festival was truly an exceptional event, programmed with a stellar slate of films from around the world. The passionate heads of the festival did an incredible job of attracting not only filmmakers, but also press and most importantly, the local community. It was extremely well organized and did not have the feel of an inaugural festival... I look forward to returning to ManIFF with my future films and applaud the entire team for putting together such a great festival in a city with a vibrant arts scene that deserves it!" - Steven Oritt - Director of American Native, winner of Best Documentary at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival.
Documentary Shorts
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Can be of any subject matter and format but films must have been completed after January 1st 2016 and have a run time of between 1 and 39 minutes. - Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles. "Thank you for everything. Maniff '15 was such a great experience for me on so many levels. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you guys on this side of the world. Take care and I hope to see you with another doc in Maniff '16!" - Marc Menish - Director of 'Dance of the People' Winner of Best Documentary Short at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival.
Experimental films
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Must have a bold and original style in either visuals or storytelling but must have been completed after January 1st 2016. Films can be any run time, short or feature. Winner of the Experimental Film at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival - Sing the Sand into Pearls
International Narrative Feature
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Films can be of any genre but must have been completed after January 1st 2016 and have a run time of over 40 minutes. - Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles. "MANIFF's 1st edition exceeded all our expectations with an amazing audience, meeting other filmmakers from all over the world and more music shows
International Narrative Shorts
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Films can be of any genre but films must have been completed after January 1st 2016 and have a run time of between 1 and 39 minutes. - Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles. "The inaugural film festival in Manchester was a pure delight to visit. The welcoming and down-to-earth atmosphere was impressively mixed with a very high selection of films throughout the festival. The pioneers behind the event did a remarkable job in putting it all together, to create the first film festival that will no doubt be a lasting, annual event in Manchester." - Johan L. Heinstedt - producer of 'Samma som du' Winners of Best International Film at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival.
Music Videos
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Film can be of any genre, from unsigned or established artists but must have been completed after January 1st 2016. Music videos must be under 10 minutes in length. We are looking for visually striking and ambitious videos. Winner of the Music Video at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival - Vertiginous Hole.
Student Films
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Can be of any genre and can be Narrative or Documentary, but films must have been completed after January 1st 2016 and must have been completed while attending a recognised film school. Films can be of any run time (short or feature). - Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles. Winner of the Best Student Film at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival - Dark Was the Night.
UK Narrative Features
* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Films can be of any genre but must have been completed after January 1st 2016, have a run time of over 40 minutes and must be by a British Director or Writer or feature a mainly British cast or be set in the UK. "Congrats on an amazing festival; An absolute monumental achievement and I really think it's going to become a massive beast in years to come, but still with all it's integrity in tact." - Matthew Butler - Director of 'Two Down' winner of Best UK Film at the 2015 Manchester Film Festival.
UK Narrative Short Films
- Can be of any genre but must have been completed after January 1st, 2016, must have a run time of between 1 and 39 minutes and must be by a British Director or Writer or feature a mainly British cast or be set in the UK. * All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * New category for 2016.
General rules MANIFF is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:

GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS

The 4th Manchester Film Festival will take place from 1st to 4th March 2018.

1. Submission Deadlines
Are listed in the main listing

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

3. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2016.
- Manchester Film Festival requires at least a Greater Manchester premiere for all films.
- Works-in-progress and films with distribution are accepted.
- Films must not have received more than 50% of their funding from a studio or broadcaster.
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.

4. Premiere Status
- Manchester Film Festival requires at least a Greater Manchester premiere for all films and they may not have been screened publicly online. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened in the Greater Manchester Region.
- There is no Premiere policy for Experimental Films and music videos, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

5. Film Classification
All films screened during the Manchester Film Festival receive an age rating that is decided by the Manchester City Council.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Manchester Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all DCPs and additional materials sent to and returned from Manchester Film Festival must be borne by the submitting party. Manchester Film Festival will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Manchester Film Festival will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production

9. Notification
Manchester Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1st of January 2018 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include important information on shipping the DCP to the Festival, press and publicity, guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a Digital Cinema Package (DCP) or video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the Manchester Film Festival. The film title MUST be clearly labelled on the hard drive.
A selected DCP or video file must be received at Manchester Film Festival no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Manchester Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Manchester Film Festival reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Manchester Film Festival will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.


GENERAL AGREEMENT OF PARTICIPATION IN MANIFF:

By submitting to the Manchester Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of MANIFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorize the MANIFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2017 festival (March 1st - 4th 2018). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the MANIFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold MANIFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to MANIFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2018 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2018 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify MANIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.