With Winter around the corner, November is packed with a variety of fun festivals and tons of unique events for fans of film music, lovers of classic cinema and film of all forms including animation, art house, documentary and artist film. So let’s get you out of the cold and into the dark, relaxing warmth of a cinema.

Cultureplex’s Mini Cini | Various Dates

Cultureplex’s new boutique Mini Cini cinema has an eclectic programme of special previews, classics and new releases. Some absolute gems that they are screening in November include Ali Abbasi’s Border, Cláudia Varejão’s Ama-San, Gabrielle Brady’s Island of the Hungry Ghosts, Edward Watts’ and Waad Al-Kateab’s For Sama, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent, Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris and Stalker and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan. Read our top 5 Mini Cini picks for November here.

Cultureplex, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 713 3130
Queer Media Festival | HOME | 1 - 2 Nov | From £5

Queer Media Festival is the UK’s only festival that explores the digital arts and innovative, new platforms that are used to discuss fresh and evolving queer narratives and storytelling. Its programme touches on a diverse number of themes with screeings including Queering Animation, 40th Anniversary: A Sex Change and Gimme, Gimme Queer! Hazel Vs Linda. Read our top 3 picks from this year’s Queer Media Festival here.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Music from the Movies with London Concertante | Manchester Cathedral | Sun 3 Nov | 7.30pm | From £26

The acclaimed London Concertante will be performing a live concert with some of the most iconic scores from Hollywood celebrating film music in all its fanfare glory. The programme includes music from classic films such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, E.T., Raging Bull, Skyfall and The Godfather.

Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester, M3 1SX, Tel: 0161 833 2220
On Your Doorstep: Film Industry Networking | All Bar One | Wed 6 Nov | 5pm - 11pm | £30

The National Youth Film Academy will be hosting a networking event for professionals in the film industry to meet and connect with local filmmakers, agents, actors and training providers in the area. There will also be a key-note speaker and an industry Q&A. As networking can be key to a career in the film industry, this event provides a good opportunity to meet local talent. 

All Bar One, 73-79 King Street, Manchester, M2 4NG, Tel: 0161 830 1811
Manchester Animation Festival | HOME | 10 - 14 Nov | From £30

Manchester Animation Festival returns this November with its fifth edition showcasing work from all over the globe and packed full with UK previews, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, talks and masterclasses from industry professionals over five days. Other events include an international competition for short films, an academic conference and a family day. 

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Space Spectacular | The Bridgewater Hall | Sat 16 Nov | 7.30pm | From £32.50

The Manchester Concert Orchestra is back with Space Spectacular following a sold out show last year. The show features magnificent scores from the most loved and adored science fiction and space-based cinema and television including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Holst’s Planets, Superman, Star Wars, Star Trek, Apollo 13, Independence Day, Gravity, Alien, Predator and Guardians of the Galaxy. It is in fact a spectacular show for cinema and science fiction fans (having attended and adored it last November) with an array of lasers and a light show that is superbly choreographed.

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000
Talk/Midnight Cowboy: Hollywood Renaissance and US Underground Cinema | HOME | Wed 27 Nov | 7.30pm | From £3

To celebrate Midnight Cowboy’s 50th anniversary release in 4K restoration, HOME hosts a talk about the groundbreaking, iconic film Midnight Cowboy led by Yannis Tzioumakis, Reader of Film and Media Industries and Gary Needham, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Liverpool. The lecture will explore the film in context with the influential Hollywood Renaissance movement and its connections to 60’s European art cinema and US underground cinema, including Andy Warhol.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Love Actually with Live Score | The Bridgewater Hall | Wed 27 Nov | 7.30pm | From £42.50

For Christmas film lovers and film score fans alike, start off the festive season early with a nostalgic, Christmas, rom-com screening of Love Actually with a live orchestra. The full orchestra will play Craig Armstrong’s much loved , dewy-eyed score to get you in the right mood for putting up your Christmas tree.

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000
HOME Artist Film Weekender | HOME | 28 Nov - 1 Dec | From £3.50

To celebrate the fifth edition of the Artist Film Weekender and HOME’s year-long Women in Global Cinema programme, they will be showcasing an all-female programme of events over the weekend including screenings, poetry and discussions with a wide variety of work from a diverse range of local and international artists.

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Fri 1 Nov - Sat 30 Nov
Ally Davies
Published on:
Fri 1 Nov 2019