If you’re looking to get out of your post-Winter slump then March in Manchester may hold the answer. Whether you are looking for some inspiring new releases from around the globe, wanting to bed-down with some genre classics or even blast your senses with some epic film scores live in full orchestra glory, there’s much film-related fun to be had…

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2020 | 6 - 26 Mar | HOME | Various Times | From £5

¡Viva! returns for its 26th edition at HOME with a celebration of Spanish and Latin American film and culture. As usual their programme will consist of an eclectic mix of films from many different regions including 31 feature films and 10 shorts. The festival will also feature UK premieres, discussions, talks, introductions and Q&As with international filmmakers.

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Tel: 0161 200 1500
Manchester International Film Festival | 7 - 15 Mar | Odeon Great Northern | Various Times | Various Prices

The Manchester International Film Festival is back with its 6th edition and will feature a programme of 170 films including narrative and documentary features, classic features (including iconic favourites Requiem for A Dream, Amores Perros, Billy Elliot, The Beach and Memento), short films, animation films and music videos from all over the world followed by Q&As with filmmakers. Joanna Hogg, director of The Souvenir, will also be featured in a special ‘In Conversation’ event.

Odeon Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN, Tel: 0333 014 4501
Grimmfest’s Cronenberg All Dayer | 8 Mar | Stockport Plaza | Various Times | From £7.50

As part of their Horror Legends season, Grimmfest have partnered with the UK Horror Channel to bring some classics from the masters of horror back to the big screen in the beautifully atmospheric Stockport Plaza. For their March All Dayer they will be screening four films by David Cronenberg; Rabid, Videodrome, The Fly and Crash.

Mersey Square, Stockport, SK1 1SP, Tel: 0161 477 7779
Starburst International Film Festival | 13 - 14 Mar | The Landing | Various Times | From £16.75

Starburst International Film Festival is a genre festival that screens the best of horror, cult, science fiction and fantasy film and supports new releases and classics as well as upcoming independent film from all over the globe. As well as screenings there will be panels with filmmakers, Q&As and discussions.

Blue Tower, MediaCityUK, M50 2ST
The Manchester CRIME and JUSTICE Film Festival 2020 | 18 Mar - 04 Jun | 70 Oxford Street | Various Times | Free

The CRIME and JUSTICE Film Festival is sponsored by the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, curated by staff from their Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU). Their aim is to screen films which spark debate and look differently at the thematic stands of crime, justice and punishment in the 21st century. Their programme is chosen by crime and film experts and features a variety of classics, hidden gems and Q&As after each screening. They will be screening a number of films including 1952’s lesser known I Believe in You (Wednesday 18 Mar), American Psycho (Wednesday 25 Mar), Shoplifters (Wednesday 1 Apr), Hot Fuzz (Saturday 25 Apr), La Isla Minima (Wednesday 20 May) and Rex Bloomstein Documentaries (Thursday 4 June).

70 Oxford Street, Manchester City Centre
The Music of Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Beyond | 22 Mar | Bridgewater Hall | 3pm | £27.50

Experience the grandiose music from fantasy films and television shows such as Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and many more fan favourites played by a full, live orchestra and choir. Film scores don’t get more epic than this.

Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000
Nation, Identity and Diaspora Artist Film Screening | 26 Mar | The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art | 6pm | From £5

The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art will be screening a selection of artist films exploring an array of interesting discourses to do with identity, nation and diaspora.

13 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1EU, Tel: 0161 832 7271
Blade Runner with Live Score | 27 Mar | The Bridgewater Hall | 7.30pm | From £30.50

The Bridgewater Hall will also be screening dystopian, science fiction cult classic Blade Runner (2007 Final Cut) with the Avex Ensemble performing Vangelis’ dark, experimental synth score for the first time live.

Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS, Tel: 0161 907 9000
Sun 1 Mar - Tue 31 Mar
Ally Davies
Published on:
Tue 25 Feb 2020