The STARBURST MEDIA CITY FESTIVAL is a celebration of genre movies; offering the best of cult, independent, horror, sci-fi, and fantasy - both classic revivals and new releases.

Get your Films Short-listed:
The STARBURST Fantasy Awards are a great way for indie shorts and features to get maximum exposure. If you have a suitable genre related short, no longer than 50 minutes in length, then you can simply enter via FilmFreeway.
Feature films should be over 60 minutes in length and not yet have had a commercial release. Premieres are prefered, but not essential.

About the Film Festival:
STARBURST MAGAZINE is the world’s longest-running magazine of cult entertainment and has built a reputation of championing independent filmmaking and arts, particularly with the monthly column INDEPENDENTS DAY in the print edition, which profiles emerging talent.

As part of the main programme, we are looking for new and exciting films from all over the world. This continues to support the magazine’s remit of embracing the strange, aiming to showcase amazing features and spectacular shorts. We only have limited screening slots available, so will sadly be unable to accept every entry. Previously submitted films are still under consideration. Unsuccessful entrants are more than welcome to attend, however, and promote their work during the festival via networking and flyers.

At our previous festival, we hosted such luminaries as famed James Bond director John Glen, actors Virginia Hey, Caroline Munro, and Martine Beswick as well as themed events on Doctor Who, Dredd, Red Dwarf, Inside No 9 and much more. This year, we will focus more on the independent movies, although we will be screening some classics.

The STARBURST MEDIA CITY FESTIVAL takes place from Friday, March 16th to Saturday, March 17th, 2018 at the Landing, Media City ( The venue is in the prestigious Salford hub - home of the BBC and ITV as well as many other independent studios. It is not far from the heart of the city centre and within easy access to all major transport links.

Awards & Prizes

All movies accepted through FilmFreeway will be considered for entry into the festival competition.

Categories include:
Best Performance
Best Short
Best Director
Best Feature
Independents Day Award

Rules & Terms

For eligibility, a short is no longer than 50 minutes and a feature film must be over 60 minutes.

We will accept films completed after June 2016. If your film has already been released it is not eligible for competition, but may be considered for screening if appropriate.

You will be notified of acceptance via email.

Complete press kits for films will be requested only after acceptance.

Acceptable screening formats are: Blu-ray.

All entries selected into the STARBURST MEDIA CITY FESTIVAL automatically give the organisers the right to use any footage from the preview screener and/all submitted publicity photos and any other materials sent to us relating to this entry for promotional purposes, without limitations.

All discs will be returned after the screening if requested.

13 Reviews

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    Darren Langlands

    Loved attending Starburst and met so many terrific people there - some I knew. Some I met for the first time. The venue was terrific. My only gripe I guess was the two smaller screening rooms were very small and essentially the screens were just massive TVs. But it was a great festival experience with lots of chances to network.

    December 2016
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    Michael McCarthy

    Amazing festival, very truly honoured to have had my short film screened here. Amazing to have met the organisers and other film makers too. Great crowd! A fun and inspiring time!
    Looking forward to the next one!

    October 2016
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    Stu Jopia

    This was a fantastic film festival, we were so lucky to have screened our premiere. A massive thanks to all your team for a great job of putting it all together. Bring on next year

    September 2016
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    jason davison

    Great festival. Nice location and some excellent films.

    September 2016
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    Vis Vitalis

    First of all, thank to fest organizers for nominating! Unfortunately, could not attend the festival because I live too far away. Glad I took part in the festival, and thanks to the organizers for their work. Stay true!

    September 2016