DESPITE only being around for three years, the Manchester Film Festival has been nominated at the 2017 UK Festival Awards.

Manchester film festival

The Manchester Film Festive (MANIFF) will be the only film festival to compete in the competition, featuring alongside other major domestic and international festivals including Reading/Leeds, Glastonbury, V, Creamfields, Download, and Latitude. The legendary awards ceremony, currently in its thirteenth year, shall take place in London on the 28th November, at the Roundhouse theatre.

MANIFF itself has garnered a reputation during its short life as a place for new and exciting stories to be told. Those featured this year gained significant press coverage, cementing it as a serious festival and platform for both budding directors and stars.

Programming director Alan Bailey said: “We are extremely honoured to be shortlisted alongside such prestigious festivals and it’s a great testament to not only our enthusiastic staff and supporters who are working tirelessly to build MANIFF into one of the UK’s best film festivals but to all the truly independent festivals out there that like Manchester IFF exist because of passion, hard work and integrity, rather than relying upon a pot of public money and or institutional funding.”

That doesn’t mean to say that MANIFF is a place for independent creators only. The best UK short winner this year starred Sir John Hurt, no less. However, Mr Bailey hopes that this nomination will boost the festivals profile in the years to come.

Regardless whether the festival wins an award or not it’s a great achievement to be recognised in this way and we are all looking forward to what will be an enjoyable evening.”

Manchester Film Festival 2017 will take place from March 2nd to 5th. For more details about the festival visit here and further information about the awards ceremony can be found at the uk festival awards website.

By Matthew Lanceley

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