"This is an amazing festival! The organizers are supportive and communicative, the venues are beautiful, and the networking and workshops are truly dynamic." Kate Ryan Brewer - Director

Manchester Film Festival is proud to be a BIFA qualifying festival and one of the Top 10 Best Reviewed Festivals on FilmFreeway.

MANIFF is a nine-day celebration of film, with all films screened in a cinema with full surround sound and crystal-clear visuals.

All in-competition films will come from open submissions submitted through FilmFreeway and the festival will end with the annual awards ceremony, with winners chosen by previous MANIFF alumni and MANIFF’s programming team.

Filmmakers will have plenty of opportunity to network with other film creatives at a festival that is known as a relaxed, filmmaker friendly event in a city that can offer an experience to attendees beyond the festival itself.

All attending filmmakers are invited to take part in post-screening Q&A’s, red carpet interviews and nightly after parties. MANIFF hosts industry panels and discussions that provide insight and perspective on a range of film related topics.

Filmmakers can expect industry representation from the likes of Curzon, Altitude and DC Releasing. Previous MANIFF films have gone on to have full theatrical releases and many can be found on Netflix, Amazon, and other platforms.

MANIFF2022 will see industry panels, nightly after parties, daily film screenings in a multiplex cinema, red carpet interviews, Q&A’s and overall good times.

Manchester Film Festival is now taking submissions for 2022. MANIFF2022 will be the eighth edition of the festival and will take place 5-13th March at the Odeon, Great Northern.

"Simply and truly, this was the best festival I've attended in any capacity. The city, staff, vendors, student volunteers, fellow filmmakers, and everyone else I came across have made a lasting impression on my life. I couldn't recommend MANIFF more strongly to anyone who submits their work to a film festival." Sean Hartofilis

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All films in the official selection will compete for awards in the following categories with the prestigious Bee's being awarded to the winners at our annual closing night awards event.

Film of the festival
Best Feature
Best UK Short
Best Director
Best Screenplay
Best Actress
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Edit
Best Documentary Short
Best Documentary Feature
Best Music Video
Best Student Film
Best Score
Staff Pick
Best Animation
Un-commissioned Screenplay Competition

As well as awards we will be creating amazing prize packages with our sponsors.

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:


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

2. Submission Eligibility
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2018.
- Manchester Film Festival requires at least a Manchester City Center 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. All films may have screened at other festivals but just not have screened at a festival in the Greater Manchester Region.
- There is no Premiere policy for 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 FilmFreeway submissions for Manchester Film Festival are to be paid by credit card or PayPal. 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 10th of January 2022 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.

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.

UPDATED 9th July 2020 - COVID-19 - Due to the unprecedented and ongoing problems presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We reserve the right to change the festival to a geo-blocked virtual online festival if it is not possible to host the event in a physical venue.


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 2022 festival (March 10th - 13th 2022). 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 2022 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2022 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify MANIFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • colin gregory

    The Manchester Film Festival was an excellently run experience and they successfully negotiated the problems of CoVid with diligence and care. The panels were informative and instructional and the screening had a large diversity of content; a fantastic all round festival.

    October 2021
  • Raine Films

    MANIFF is a fantastic festival with a helpful and hospital team. We really enjoyed our experience with MANIFF!

    October 2021
  • Andrew Stewart

    MANIFF was great to be a part of even during a pandemic. They went all out trying to get as close as possible to an in person festival as they could. Their communication was clear and we really enjoyed participating in the festival. Our team will continue to submit to MANIFF as long as we are making films.

    September 2021
  • Agni Raj Singh

    A wonderful experience, facilitated by a wonderful team who worked hard through the pandemic to make the Online experience just as good as the real deal! Thank you MANIFF!

    September 2021
  • Michael Junior Onafowokan

    Great festival for lovers of film! Wonderful place to grow as a filmmaker

    September 2021