Whether you’re looking for some cosy nostalgia, a special Valentine’s Day screening event or just simply looking to join in with the annual buzz of upcoming awards shows and new hit releases, February is packed with an inspiring mix of film events for all your filmic hunger…

Spit That Out: North West Artist Film Programme | HOME | Sat 1 Feb | 6.20pm | From £5

Spit That Out is a showcase of work from artists living in or from the North West and celebrates the innovation and creativity of the region. Films include Alone, Together by Laura Besancon, A Soft Rebellion in Paradise by Chloë Brown, I, Dismantled by Paul Daly and produced by Scout Stuart, a brand new HOME Artist film commission for Push Festival 2020 WANTED: MANICURE FOR THE RIGHT HAND by Lowri Evans, Interlude by Aaron Howell, 1000tb by Tobias Pearson and Home Soon Come by Hope Strickland.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Indie Flicks Monthly Film Festival: February | Yes | Mon 3 Feb | 7pm - 10pm | £7

Love short films? Indie Flicks screens the first Monday of every month in at Manchester bar Yes with a huge variety of impressively high quality short films that feature an eclectic mix of genres, themes, tastes and languages from all over the world. During the evening you will also get to vote for your favourite film, watch a longer Director’s Choice feature short, often get to see Q&A sessions with programmed filmmaker guests and finish your night networking with the filmmaking community with a full bar (pizza available).

Yes, 38 Charles Street, Manchester, M1 7DB, Tel: 0161 273 2725
Parasite Screening with Satellite Q&A | HOME | Mon 3 Feb | 6pm | From £5

Predicted to be one of the best films of 2020, Parasite, after winning multiple awards already around the world including the Palme d’Or as well as the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, is finally being released in the UK. HOME will be screening a preview of the South Korean black comedy followed by a satellite Q&A with the director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, Okja) from Curzon Mayfair.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Iris On The Move | HOME | 4 - 5 Feb | Various Times | From £5

Cardiff’s Iris Prize is a festival that celebrates LGBT+ film and hosts a 6-day international queer film festival every October. As part of its UK touring celebration, Iris on the Move will showcase a selection of the best in the festival.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Grease In Concert | Bridgewater Hall | Fri 7 Feb | 7.30pm | £35.50

Grease, one of the most adored musicals of all time, will be performed live with an orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall for the very first time this February. It’s a musical that has inspired the world and endured through the decades, known best for its generation defining songs and hilarious take on 1950’s high school culture and young people’s search for identity and belonging.

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000
Valentine’s Day Screenings | King Street Townhouse | Various Dates | From £32.93

King Street Townhouse will have a variety of candlelit, romantic screenings in February to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a loved one or with friends including Valentine’s Day, Romeo & Juliet, The Notebook, Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. They have a state-of-the-art screening space with comfortable armchairs and a stylish aesthetic. You can also enjoy cosy blankets, chocolate-dipped strawberries and Champagne while you watch the film.

King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth Street, Manchester, M2 4AW, Tel: 0161 667 0707
Make A Scene presents: Oscars 2020 Live | Manchester 235 Casino | Sun 9 Feb | 9.30pm - 4am | £10.70

Manchester’s big gay film club Make A Scene will be hosting the Oscars live on Sunday 9 February at Manchester 235 Casino. The event will follow the 90th Academy Awards ceremony live all the way from the red carpet in Hollywood from 9:30pm – 4:00am. They will be serving themed food and cocktails and have interactive games and performances.

Manchester 235 Casino, 2 Watson Street, Manchester, M3 4LP, Tel: 0161 826 3176
The Village Green: Valentine’s Day Screenings | Victoria Baths | 14 - 15 Feb | 6.30pm | From £11.37

The Village Green are back – transforming the atmospheric, Edwardian Victoria Baths into a pop-up cinema with two very different Valentine’s Day films for you to choose from; True Romance (Friday 14 February) and Bridesmaids (Saturday 15 February). As always, the Village Screen will feature a pop-up bar with themed cocktails and a multitude of street food traders before the film along with a DJ set to provide a fun-filled night with a party atmosphere. Visitors can choose to sit on deckchairs in the main Gala Pool or wooden seating on the Balcony Level.

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Manchester, M13 0FE, Tel: 0161 224 2020
Back to the Future: The Musical | Opera House | Various Dates | Various Times | From £13

If you love 80s, cultural film phenomenon and nostalgic favourite Back to the Future, then this may be for you. Back to the Future: The Musical is coming to the Opera House from Thursday 20 February and has been adapted to the stage by its original creative team Robert Zemekis and Bob Gale. It features a brand new score from the legendary Alan Silvestri and Glenn Ballard and also includes those iconic and well-loved songs from the film. Read our preview here.

Opera House, 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP, Tel: 0844 871 3018
Sat 1 Feb - Sat 29 Feb
Ally Davies
Published on:
Sat 25 Jan 2020