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* 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 2... More
* 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. Less

* 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 2... More
* 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. Less

* 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... More
* 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 Less

- 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 ... More
- 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 Less

* 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... More
* 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 Less

* 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... More
* 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. Less

* 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 h... More
* 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. Less

* 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 20... More
* 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 Less

* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Film can be of any genre, from unsigned or established artists but must ha... More
* 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 Less

* All of our competition films are selected 100% from open submissions * - Must have a bold and original style in either visuals or storytelling but ... More
* 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. Less

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.
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. Less

MANIFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017/18 TREATMENT & TRAILER ALL ENTRANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK. As MANIFF is never one to foll... More
MANIFF SCREENPLAY COMPETITION 2017/18 TREATMENT & TRAILER ALL ENTRANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK. As MANIFF is never one to follow the pack, this year we are taking a different approach with our screenplay competition and asking our entrants to send in a treatment and trailer (see below for details). 10 treatment and trailer finalists will be asked to send in their full screenplay. Writing a treatment can be off-putting for some and writing a trailer is actually very difficult but we feel the time saved in reading a treatment and trailer (as opposed to a full script) is much better put to use on the constructive feedback all entrants will be given. So much so, we are confident that you will not find better feedback for your entrance fee in any other screenplay competition in the world! Finalists will also receive in depth notes on their script (on top of the feedback for treatment & trailer entry). ENTRANTS ARE TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING: TITLE: GENRE: A LOGLINE: 1-4 sentences (a concise summary of your screenplay) A TREATMENT: 4 pages maximum (A summary of your screenplay, like a short story) ** A TRAILER: 6 pages maximum (in screenplay format) *** ** LEAVE OUT the ending. Part of the judging will be how interested the reader is in wanting to know how your story ends. *** ONLY USE what is in your screenplay. No additional voice overs (like you would get in an actual cinema trailer). Please submit the above as a single PDF document split into sections. 10 FINALISTS will be asked to send their FULL SCREENPLAY. Please visit www.maniff.com/screenplays for extra tips and pointers. WHY TREATMENT & TRAILER? Screenwriting is one of the most difficult crafts to master and there is always room for improvement. Whatever improvements are needed in a story or whatever craft skills are lacking in the writer will be evident in the treatment and trailer. Summarising your screenplay in a treatment and especially a trailer also forces you to focus on the core of your story thus making it all the more easy for you to spot trivial or unnecessary scenes. CLARITY The most underrated reason as to why screenplays fall apart or simply do not work is lack of clarity in the writer as to what they are writing about. This applies to professionals too; many a capable writer have fallen into an abyss and literally ‘lost the plot’. Lack of clarity is also one of the fastest ways to destroy an aspiring writer’s confidence during the writing process. CLARITY: what’s it about? (And what’s it really about?) CONTENT: what happens? Does the author know what their screenplay is about (on the surface and on a deeper level)? Does the author know what the most significant events/ moments are in their screenplay? These are the two fundamental questions a screenwriter must ask. And again, the answers will be evident in the treatment and trailer. The clearer you are in being able to dissect your story into separate parts to study objectively, the sharper your skill when it comes to fixing problems in your script and the more receptive and less defensive you will be towards constructive criticism (feedback). Please visit www.maniff.com/screenplays for extra tips and pointers. Less


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