Grimm Up North announce SUPERNOVA, Manchester’s new film festival

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Grimm Up North are excited to announce their brand new film festival taking place in May as a counter point to their international horror and cult film festival Grimmfest in October. SUPERNOVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will be an international celebration of science fiction cinema; past, present and future. The event will take place 27th-30th May 2016 at ODEON Printworks in Manchester, UK.

The idea for the event had been in the back of festival co-director Simeon Halligan’s mind for sometime after noticing a drought of Science Fiction based film festivals in the UK; Simeon remarks; ‘Noticing there isn’t really a film festival centring on the Science fiction genre outside of London, we thought it was about time we readjusted the balance. We run Horror centric Grimmfest every October, so it seemed to make sense to introduce our new Sci-fi themed event at the other end of the year’.imgres

SUPERNOVA marks the second large scale collaboration between ODEON and Grimm Up North after the highly successful 7th edition of the internationally renowned GRIMMFEST. ODEON’s Event Manager Adam Jackson states “We are all very excited to be collaborating with SUPERNOVA film festival. At ODEON we are always striving to create inspiring entertainment experiences for every guest and the latest festival from Grimm Up North is sure to offer the best in science fiction film in the UK.”

SUPERNOVA is set to take over ODEON’s state of the art big screens over the bank holiday at the end of May. Whilst the team at Grimm Up North HQ remain tight lipped about the festivals line up due to be announced in the coming months, Festival co-director Rachel Richardson-Jones teases ‘There’s lots to be excited about including 70mm screenings of a recent classic, Q&A’s with legends of Sci-fi cinema production and a plethora of the best new sci-fi movies from every corner of the globe’.

The festival opens on the evening of the Friday 27th, with the UK Red Carpet premiere of the moon landing comedy MOONWALKERS. The film stars Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint alongside Robert Sheehan (Misfits) and US star Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy). Set in 1969, MOONWALKERS tells the hilariously dangerous tale of an unstable CIA agent who fails to locate the legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and must instead team up with a seedy rock band manager to develop the biggest con of all time: A live television staging of the moon landing. Members of the cast and crew will be with us for the screening.fdvfdgg

In addition to a plethora of premieres of the latest science fiction and fantasy releases from around the world, SUPERNOVA will also feature special big screen showings of classic movies and some under-appreciated gems. The first of which is a commemorative screening of Nic Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH which was initially planned to celebrate the classic’s 40th anniversary but will now also serve as a tribute to the late pop cultural icon David Bowie.

In celebrating the under-appreciated, the festival presents a very rare big screen showing of ALIEN3: THE ASSEMBLY CUT followed by a panel discussion with critics, actors and key creative’s from the film, who will discuss the many differences between this cut, (the nearest there is to a director’s cut) and the studio release print. With 25 mins of extra footage, this version reveals just how much the studio changed director David Fincher’s vision. Festival director Simeon Halligan argues that this cut puts ALIEN3 (Often considered the weakest of the franchise), right at the top next to Ridley Scott’s original.dffgfg

Other festival highlights include a special screenings of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and INTERSTELLAR. Submissions for the festivals official selection are now open via film freeway. Full Festival Passes are now on-sale via our site for £50.00. A full festival pass will get you into everything across the long weekend, including guest Q+As and signings and is by far the cheapest way to enjoy the full event at your leisure.)

The full lineup in addition to day passes and single tickets will be released in April.



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