4th Annual

Manchester Film Festival

March 01, 2018 to March 04, 2018

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

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 45 minutes and must be by a British Director or Writer or feature a mainly British cast or be set in the UK.

“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 winner of Best UK Film at the 2016 Manchester Film Festival.
International 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 and have a run time of over 45 minutes.
- Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles.

"What an incredible festival! The competition was fierce, MANIFF curated incredible movies ranging from shorts, features, docs, music videos and student films. The programmers take amazing care of the filmmakers; you always know where to go and what time. The city is amazing and easy to navigate. There are so many sponsored events so that you really get to network and meet industry people and other filmmakers. There are panels and moderated discussions. But the theater is a filmmaker's dream!! You get to watch it play on a giant screen with incredible sound! I can't recommend MANIFF enough! It's definitely a festival that will be around for a long time and I look forward to going back!" Alicia Slimmer, Director of Creedmoria, Winner of Best Director and the Audience Award at MANIFF2017.
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 2016 and have a run time of over 45 minutes.
- Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles.

"Maniff was incredible. I had an amazing time there. They are an organised, hardworking bunch. Very friendly and their hospitality was outstanding. I can strongly recommend this Festival. It was smoothly organised and fun." Johannes Schaff, Director, Das Wassup, Winner of Best Documentary Feature at MANIFF2017
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 45 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 *

"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 of Best UK Short winner The Last Laugh
International Narrative Short Films
* 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 45 minutes.
- Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles.

"I just loved my time at MANIFF, I met so many lovely filmmakers and the organisation is just fantastic!" Karen Allen, Director of A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud winner of Best International Short at MANIFF2017
Documentary Short Films
* 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 45 minutes.
- Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles.

"Had a great time at Maniff with Balancé. The quality of work on show was very high and hospitality was great. I would highly recommend Maniff!" Paul Griffitn Producer of Balance which played at MANIFF2017.
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 must be under 45 minutes in length. Features need to be submit to the relevant category.
- Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles.

"We had such an amazing time at MANIFF, everyone was wonderful and the parties were amazing!" Eric Weglehner, Director of Among the Dead, Best Student Film at MANIFF2017.
Animations
* 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 2016. All types of animation are accepted, (stop motions, hand drawn, computer animated etc) Films must be under 45 minutes in length. Films over 45 minutes must be submit to the relevant feature section.
- Film not in the English language are required to have English Subtitles.

"The festival will no doubt become one of the most influential Festivals in Europe and soon competing at the highest level of many festivals in the world. If you are a filmmaker, I strongly suggest you submit your film, you would be honored just to be among the Official Selections." Sebastian Brown, Director of Crack'd a Special Jury Mention winner at MANIFF2017
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.

"A big festival hidden in a young one. Everything was very professionnal." Sebastien Bellaval, Winner of Best Music Video at MANIFF2017
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 must be under 45 minutes in length. Films over 45 minutes must be submit to the relevant feature section.

"What a great festival!!!!!! I have to make a new film right now so I can come back and party with you guys!!!!" Helene Miltke-Leth, Director of Running Through Life Winner of Best Experimental film at MANIFF2017.
Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality
New for 2018! We are launching a VR section to the festival. All selected films will be shown in a special VR zone.
Uncomissioned Screenplays
MANIFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017/18

Getting your screenplay into the hands of industry professionals can be tricky. That's why we decided to open this category. We take the best screenplays and present them to a panel of industry experts who finally decide on the category winner. Any original screenplay of any length.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Manchester Film Festival is a truly independent film festival, committed and dedicated to showcase the works of 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 it's original ethos and promise of selecting films purely from open submissions.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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 showcase the works of 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.

“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

ORGANIZERS

Neil Jeram-Croft (Festival Registrar)

GENERAL RULES

Manchester Film Festival is looking for independent feature-length and short films from around the world from any genre.

If posting from outside the EU please mark your submission "For Cultural purposes only - No actual value".

Media files (.mov and .mpg) may be sent via wetransfer or similar to submissions@maniff.com



TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

GENERAL RULES AND CONDITIONS

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

6. 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

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

8. Notification
Manchester Film Festival endeavors 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.

9. 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.

10. 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 2018 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.