Manchester Film Festival 2022

This week was monumental. After what felt like a long, long dark winter, the sun set AFTER 6pm.

Today is also monumental as Manchester Film Festival 2022 throws open its literal and metaphorical doors to us Mancs, honorary and actual, and all those visiting our fine city. From 12 – 20 March, over 130 films will screen at Odeon Great Northern.

All films are making their mancunian screening debut, 74 will be making their UK premiere, with 27 making their world premiere.

Pretty exciting stuff, eh?

My heart continues to leap every time a Manchester event moves back offline and into the real world, and this is a real humdinger.

Festival Director, Neil Jeram-Croft, concurs…

After being forced online last year we’re really excited to be back 100% in person and in cinema at the fantastic Odeon Great Northern. We have our most expansive and diverse line-up of films ever, with award winners, world premieres and loads of local talent on display. Manchester Film Festival is back with its biggest edition ever!

Over the week, highlights include:

  • Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix award, Compartment Number 6 playing on Sunday 13 March, with psychological drama Nitram , winner of the Best Actor at Cannes, showing the day after on Monday 14 March
  • Winner of Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival, Hit the Road screens on Tuesday 15 March
  • Documentary Bisping: The Michael Bisping Story, about the Clitheroe born former UFC champion, has its UK premiere on Monday 14 March
  • The world premieres of UK films God’s Petting You a dark comedy about Brighton’s underworld, and documentary Spitfire: The Longest Flight, about a British pilot and his team attempting a world-first circumnavigation of Earth in an 80 year old vintage WII fighter.

North West filmmakers will also have their place in the spotlight with two sessions of shorts on Tuesday 15 March and Sunday 20 March.

Actual Manc, Natalie Kennedy, makes her feature directorial debut with Black Mirror-esque Blank, about a writer who enlists an A.I. to help with her writer’s block (Natalie, you have my attention…).

For full details of the line-up, visit

Check the trailer here…

Watch this wordpress space for muses and ‘reviewses’ from some of the features later in the week.

In the meantime, get to the front of the line and purchase your tickets HERE for £5 individually, £20 for a five-ticket bundle, £35 for a ten-ticket bundle of a full festival pass is £65. Incredible value.

So grab your popcorn, and don’t miss your opportunity to see some of the fine talent on offer, all on your doorstep.

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