Manchester Film Festival Begins

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(Host) Film lovers are heading to Manchester this week for the first Manchester Film Festival. The four-day event will showcase feature films, documentaries, animation, music videos and short films from 32 countries.

Michael Hill is the Festival’s Executive Director. He says that the events will cater both to film buffs and casual filmgoers:

(Hill) “The beauty of the film festival is that it’s a wonderful opportunity for everybody and anybody to come see a film that they may not ever have an opportunity to see again, because a lot of these independent films don’t always find distribution in this country.”

(Host) The showcase will also include demonstrations of digital film technology, a music and film master class, and several film seminars.

Michael Hill says he would like to see the Manchester Film Festival become a cinematic institution, on par with the Cannes and Sundance festivals. He feels that with this year’s lineup, they’re off to a good start:

(Hill) “We have filmmakers that are coming from China and Israel and Budapest to present their films and, in the case of the film from Israel, it’s a world premier ¿ it’s not been shown anywhere else.”

(Host) The Manchester Film Festival runs today through Sunday.

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