Manchester Film Festival continues to grow in size and stature; now in its third year the organisers have joined forces with the Odeon to bring more premieres and stars to the city for a three days of film screenings, talks and more at the beginning of March. Three film strands cover new talent (‘Rising Stars’), themes of acceptance and freedom (‘Be Who You Are Say What You Feel’) and ‘Women in Film’. Films include actors such as Cillian Murphy and Helen Mirren and the programme features guest appearances from British actor, Timothy Spall, actor/ director Karen Allen (a familiar face from the Indiana Jones films) and many more. The world premiere of Alfie Boe – On the Wheels of a Dream opens the festival (Fri 2 Mar), the story of how English opera singer Boe risked his reputation to break through the stereotypes of the music industry in this powerful documentary. Closing night sees local girl done good, Olivia Cooke star in Wayne Roberts’ feature film Katie Says Goodbye. The Oldham born actress is on the rise with a lead role in Steven Spielberg’s hotly anticipated Ready Player One (2018). The female talent strand is headlined by actress/director Karen Allen’s debut feature A Tree, A Rock, A Cloud alongside In Search of Perfect Consonance (pic) a documentary about the Asian Youth Orchestra by Oscar winning director, Ruby Yang. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of festival passes that will get you in to the copious documentary, narrative features and shorts at the three day event, simply sign up to our mailing list in the top right hand corner of our homepage, and email competitions [at] manchesterwire [dot] co [dot] uk with your name, age and Twitter handle. Competition closes at midnight on Monday 27 February. The winner will be announced the next day.

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Thu 2 – Sun 5 Mar, Odeon Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, M4 2BS. Times vary.

Thu 2 Mar - Sun 5 Mar
John Stansfield
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Thu 2 Mar 2017