The experimental Film Festival is a separate event that will run alongside the Manchester Film Festival 2020, which is taking place 7-15th March 2020. All screenings will be FREE.

Films will screen in across four of Manchester’s contemporary art galleries – Saul Hay Art GalleryCraft and Design Centre, the Holden Gallery – a selection of films will be screening at each venue giving viewers the chance to experience these films in exciting settings. No tickets are needed, people wanting to view the films just need to drop into a venue and check out the films!

Screening experimental films outside of a cinema and away from a short film session will give experimental films the room to breathe that they deserve, allowing audiences and artists who have specific interest in the form the opportunity to experience experimental films in an environment more suited to the medium.

MANIFF director of programming Alan Bailey says ‘over the years at MANIFF it has become clear that experimental films are an art form all of their own and screening them alongside standard narrative short films means the complexity and beauty of experimental filmmaking is lost. Showing these films in a gallery will give audiences the chance to take in what they have seen in a more reflective manner’

To see the full lineup of films visit

Dates and Times:

Craft and Design Centre: Monday 9th-Friday 13th March from 10AM-5PM

The Holden Gallery: Monday 9th- Friday 13th March from 12PM-6PM

Saul Hay Gallery: Wednesday 11th – Sunday 15th March from 11AM-6PM


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