Manchester Film Festival returns for 2023 with six feature film world premieres 

The festival will take over the Odeon at Great Northern from the 10 - 19 March.

By Emma Davidson | 24 January 2023

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Returning to the city for its 9th edition, Manchester Film Festival 2023 (MANIFF) has announced the line-up for this year will feature six feature film world premieres and 17 feature film UK premieres across the eight day event. 

Over 140 short films will be screened at the festival including 32 world premieres, alongside three sessions of North West Shorts dedicated to showcasing local talent.

Opening the 2023 event, which takes place from 10 – 19 March, will be British film Rye Lane – a romantic comedy about two twenty-somethings both reeling from bad break-ups, who connect over the course of an eventful day.

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The film will be making its world debut at the Sundance film festival before having its UK Festival premiere at MANIFF on Friday 12th March at 7pm. Cast and crew will be in attendance for a post screening discussion and audience Q&A after the screening.

Of the feature film selection six world premieres are also taking place at the festival.

Stockport actress Kelly Wenham stars in Dan Clarke’s A Kind Of Kidnapping, about a young, broke couple who kidnap a sleazy politician who decides he can spin the story to his own advantage.

Manchester based production company Old Hall Films present Wait For Me, about a young woman dragged into a life of crime after arriving in England from Ireland.

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Love Without Walls, a film about a young couple who find themselves lost in the underbelly of life on the streets, Bolan’s Shoes starring MANIFF alumni Timothy Spall and Snorkeling round out the narrative, which sees a teenage romance blossom just as a new hallucinogenic drug hits the streets.

In the documentary section there will be the world premiere of The Road of Excess, which follows the stars of early noughties cult TV show Dirty Sanchez and examines the consequences the show had on their lives.

17 UK premieres will also take place, with highlights including:

  • Everything I Ever Wanted To Tell My Daughter About Men – a collection of 23 short stories, directed by 23 female directors
  • Anacoreta – starring and produced by Antonia Thomas (The Good Doctor, Misfits)
  • Jill – Life Will Find You You – starring Juliet Rylance (Sinister) and Tom Pelphry (Ozark)

Manchester premieres include the Nicolas Cage starring western, Butcher’s Crossing, about a young Harvard dropout who seeks his destiny out West by tying his fate to a team of buffalo hunters.

Manchester Film Festival 2023 will take place from the 10 – 19 March at the Odeon Great Northern.