imgresThe STARBURST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is a celebration of genre and of STARBURST MAGAZINE itself. Taking place in Manchester over the bank holiday weekend – Friday 26th – Sunday 28th of August 2016.

Our remit is to celebrate everything STARBURST MAGAZINE has done since 1977: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, cult. From the biggest blockbuster to the most niche indies, via the very best of the small screen.

Cult classics, retro revivals, new releases, filmmaking and industry-specific events will all be in full flow, together with activities specially tailored for families during the Saturday daytime session, plus signings and photo ops, Q&As with industry legends, evening entertainment and crazy cosplay fun. A beautifully curated film festival by day and a riotous party by night, this will become the ultimate summer celebration for film fans. A shared cultural experience and a ‘mecca’ where fans of cult entertainment can get together and have a blast.

Starting with the launch party on Friday, culminating in the official STARBURST AWARDS adjudicated over by a panel of Industry Professionals, Directors, and Writers, to be held on Sunday evening, and then ending with the final blowout we can all share together that is the WRAP PARTY. We will give everyone a weekend pilgrimage that they will look forward to each and every year.

Submissions are already open on FilmFreeway for the independent film awards and filmmakers are invited to submit their short and feature-length genre movies.

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Special Guests
A whole host of fantastic guests have already been confirmed for the festival including:
James Bond director JOHN GLEN
Writer/Actor STEVE PEMBERTON (Inside No. 9, The League of Gentlemen)
Actors VIRGINIA HEY (Mad Max 2, Farscape), CAROLINE MUNRO (The Spy Who Loved Me, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter), MARTINE BESWICK (DoctorJekyll and Sister Hyde, Thunderball)
Director/FX master PAUL HYETT (Howl, The Seasoning House, Heretiks)
Actor Nicky Henson (Psychomania)
Plus many more talented folk from in front and behind the camera.

Special Events
Already announced are several standout highlights including:
Inside No. 9 Season 3 Preview with cast and crew Q&A.
A special presentation of Paul Hyett’s new movie HeretiksRay Harryhausen – Lost Treasures. Unseen models, exclusive test footage and a discussion on the legendary effects master.
Thunderbirds 1965 – brand new episodes filmed using the same methods as Gerry Anderson used in the ‘60s set to archive story recordings, with cast and crew Q&A.
Premiere of new documentary Hammer Films: The Warner Bros. Years.
Writer/director Marcus Hearn will also be in attendance.
Mad Max 2. Virginia Hey will be providing her insight into the making of the classic in her own infectious and entertaining style.
Production designer Peter Lamont introduces a special screening of Aliens.michael-ironside-heretiks

Festival passes are on sale now at the Early Bird rate of £75 for a full 3-days of amazing entertainment. Pass holders can also book on-site accommodation at the amazingly low price of £129 for 3 nights.

Family Day Passes are available for the Saturday session (August 27th), which allow two adults and two children a chance to enjoy the special events we have on offer during the day.

As some of the films to be screened are rated 18, younger fans can still take advantage of the Young Persons Day Pass. For £20 per day, this allows them access to all the activities up to 7.30pm. These tickets are also ideal for cosplayers.
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About the venue
No expense has been spared in bringing you one of the biggest and best genre celebrations ever seen in the UK. To that end we have secured the brand new MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION COMPLEX, close to Manchester City Centre for the entire bank holiday weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August 2016.

The whole building is ours, and we are going to make it an urban getaway for genre fans looking for way more than a set of screenings taking place in a cinema. The SU Complex is an audio visual palace. Home to an amazing range of unique spaces that will allow us to host up to four simultaneous screenings and associated events (including a main theatre seating 600 people).

Not only will there be lots of screenings and events across three floors, there are bars, coffee shops, dealer spaces and the site even incorporates the legendary Salutation Public House (which won’t be very public that weekend, as we have hijacked it for you guys!).

Every need is catered for in a venue that was a perfect fit for an event of this stature. With accommodation literally across the road you can simply relax having the time of your life mixing with fellow enthusiasts, and renowned guests from both in front of and behind the cameras of some of the greatest movies and TV shows ever made – All hosted by the team that brings you STARBURST MAGAZINE

STARBURST Film Festival 26th – 28th August 2016



Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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