Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony March 29th (6:30pm)**CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Join us at the 16th edition of the Kinofilm Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony as we acknowledge and celebrate the standout films of this year’s festival. The closing ceremony will start at 6:30pm with a reception at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington. Everyone will take their seats to celebrate the awards ceremony at…

British New Wave Programme Three (Cert 15) March 29th (2.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Slippery boundaries and treacherous lovers, illicit encounters and families in crisis, the worst crime of all in an overpopulated world and a battle to save a lost soul, in selection of British films focusing on fraught relationships. Join us on March 29th from 2pm at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington. Tickets £5/£4 (concession).…

British New Wave Programme Two (Cert 15) March 28th (4.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Mysterious disappearances and unfathomable sounds, a deadly infection and an unstable reality, a ritual of death and renewal, a brutal battle of wills, and a monster far too close to home, in a selection of darker tales from British filmmakers. Join us on March 28th from 4pm at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington.…

British New Wave Programme One (Cert 15) March 28th (2.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

We’ve love among the undead, cannibalism at sea, and seppuku in suburbia, a desperate rooftop encounter and  an unlikely family heirloom, an irrepressible pensioner, and an agoraphobic plagued by unwanted post, romance born from a shared love of clutter and a marriage endangered for want of an acceptable name, in this selection of British films…

Animation Programme Four: We Kids (Cert PG) 28th March (12.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Want to enjoy the Kinofilm Festival with the kids? Look no further! We’ve got a great screening of children’s animated shorts for you to enjoy. Join us on March 28th from 12pm at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington. Tickets £3 for all. FUNNY FISH [DROLE DE POISSON] Dir / Wri: Krishna Chandran A.…

BFI Network and Film Hub North Showcase & Talk March 27th (6:00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

We are proud to present this showcase of short films selected by the BFI Showcase and Film Hub North. Join us at Barclay’s Eagle Labs, Albert Square on March 27th from 6:00pm for the BFI NETWORK talk, followed by a screening at 7:15pm. Tickets £5/£4 (concession). BFI NETWORK are looking for writers, directors and producers…

Animation Programme Three: True Stories and Fantastic Fables (Cert 12) March 27th (6.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

An imaginary friend and a synthetic child, a father’s love for his son and a cats’ eye view of life, a fight to preserve wildlife and an unleashing of spirit animals, a confrontation with a troublesome insect and a struggle with the powers of darkness, plus a symbol of creative freedom preserved in the face…

Kino Talks: The 25 Skills You Need to Be a Producer with Rob Speranza March 27th (3:00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

In this talk, Rob will outline the 25 basically identifiable skills that aspiring producers need to do the job to an optimal level. It’s a fun and engaging talk with a lot of war stories, examples and personal insight. You’ll come out of it ready for work, and hopefully a bit inspired! Join us at…

Kino Talks: In Conversation with the Film Festival Doctor March 27th (1:00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Join Doctor Rebekah Louisa Smith as she guides us through the process of getting your film through the festival circuit, with great insights into what festival directors are looking for and how you can make a success of your film. The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington are proud to host this Kino Talks on…

O!PLA Polish Animation (Cert 15) March 26th (8.30pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

O!PLA 2019 – almost 22.000 Jury members, almost 140 festival venues located between the Baltic Sea and the Tatra Mountains, more than 100 shorts divided into 8 categories. Poland’s biggest, most unique and completely grassroots celebration of animated film. Now O!PLA is back with a new programme voted for, as ever, by “the biggest Jury…

Workshop: How Does Music Affect Film? Presented by Interstellar Duo March 26th (7:00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

This two hour workshop will explore the use of music and sound in short films by looking at different musical genres and how effective they can be at setting the feel of the film.  Participants will help to create a short film soundtrack using different pre-recorded tracks made by Interstellar Duo. Join us at 7pm…

Made Up North (Cert 18) March 26th (6.30pm) & 29th (6.30pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

A baptism ritual and a social media sensation, a tarot reader in crisis and a burglar with a dilemma, a runaway boy and a girl who can’t run far enough, childhood friendship shattered and male bonding gone sour, in a selection of films with a distinctly Northern flavour. Join us on March 26th from 6:30pm…

French Shorts Programme (Cert 15) March 26th (6.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Free programme of great French Short Films presented in Association with the Alliance Francaise – Manchester. We’ve feckless fathers and embarrassing mothers, inquistive children, and troublesome teenagers, the burden of guilt and the brutality of grief, plus the sorrowful perspective of the perpetual “other woman”, in this selection of films with a decidedly familial theme.…

Experimental Shorts Programme (Cert 12) March 26th (4.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

There’s temporal displacement and social anxiety, the pressures of commerce and the pressures of creativity, a search for belonging, and a journey through family history, an encounter with censorship and a confrontation with social pressure, an exploration of film and memory and an 80s icon with an identity crisis, in a selection showcasing a more…

Animation Programme Two: Special Selection (Cert 15) March 26th (2.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Poetic musings, an animal’s parental instinct; a film that encourages playing with matches, and one that stumbles upon some interesting distractions from life on Earth. A dark look at gender identity, and an even darker take on couple-hood. From making friends, to a masterpiece morality tale on the art of being stubborn, you’ll find it…

LGBTQ+ (Cert 15) March 25th (8.15pm) & 27th (8.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

An out of this world opportunity and a father with an awkward deadline, a boy seeking self-expression and a hardboiled cop under pressure, religious vows tested and love in a cold war climate, plus two studies in grief and acceptance, in this selection of cinematic gems from the LGBTQ+ community. Catch these amazing short films…

Eastern European & Russian Federation Programme (Cert 15) March 25th (6.15pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Marital discord and romantic desperation, a lonely old man faced with isolation, a business under threat from Government bureaucracy, and a remarkable tale of wartime survival in this selection of films from Russia and Eastern Europe. Join us from 6:15pm on March 25th at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington. Tickets £5/£4 (concession). THE…

Stars In Shorts (Cert 15) March 25th (6.15pm) & 26th (4.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Check out this fab programme of famous faces in our Stars in Shorts programme specially curated from films in various programmes throughout the Festival. And this is just a taster as there are lots to come in many other programmes for you. So have fun and Spot the Stars in this year’s KINO Fest! Join…

Italian Programme (Cert 15) March 25th (6.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

FREE programme of new shorts from Italy, in cooperation with Societa’ Dante Alighieri. The Italian screening will be followed by a glass of Italian wine and a tasting of different chilled ‘pasta salads’ prepared with pasta GAROFALO, the Italian pasta synonymous with Italian film. We’ve neglectful families and obsessive eco-warriors, gangsters with guilty secrets and boxers…

Spanish Shorts Programme (Cert 15) March 25th (4.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

There’s romantic disillusionment and love gone sour, uncertain friendship and filial duty, an examination of the art of queuing, a parable about Fascism, and some insights into the acting profession, in this selection of the best new shorts from Spain. Join us at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington at 4:00pm on March 25th.…

Kino Talks: ‘The Pleasure of a Puppet’ with BAFTA Nominated Animator Barry Purves March 25th (2:00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Join BAFTA and Oscar nominated animator,  Barry JC Purves, as he takes us on a journey through what stop motion is, how it fits in with the arts and how to use it to make the most of storytelling. This event is free! Join us at The Albert Square Chop House from 2pm on March…

International Panorama Programme Two (Cert 15) March 25th (2.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

The pressures of performance and an actress in meltdown, a young man in search of love and another in search of freedom, racism in America, past and present, and a shattered community communing with its dead, in this second international selection.   Join us at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington at 2:00pm on…

Kino Talks: All Things Sound Design with GAS Music March 25th (12:00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

“Everything you always wanted to know about Sound you were afraid to ask” Join us for this utterly fascinating talk on sound design with GAS Music at Albert Square Chop House from 12pm. Tickets are free! Reserve your tickets here today: Sound isn’t always what you think it is. The sound that scares you isn’t…

Polish Programme Two (Cert 18) March 24th (8.30pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

We’ve mystery women and autistic romance, thwarted fetishism and online obsession, borders crossed and boundaries transgressed, in our section selection of the best new work from Poland. Join us at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington at 8:30pm. Tickest £5/£4 (concession).   BORDER CROSSING (Regional Premiere) Dir / Wri: Agnieszka Chmura, Prod: Piotr Lenar…

Women In Film Programme Two (Cert 15) March 24th (7.15pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Overwhelming responsibility and missed opportunity, the trials and traumas of childhood and an unexpected source of healing, barbaric cultural traditions and the American Dream turned nightmare, in our second selection of films from a female perspective. Join us Number 70, Oxford Street for this FREE screening from 7:15pm on March 24th. Please still register your…

Polish Programme One (Cert 15) March 24th (6.15pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Love and death, love in a fairground, love in a gas station, love on the back of a motorbike, and maternal matchmaking gone wrong, in a selection of romantically focused films from Poland. Join us at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington at 6:15pm. Tickest £5/£4 (concession).   THREE YEARS. 1 NIGHT (UK Premiere)…

Kino Tales: Crime Shorts (Cert 18) March 24th (5.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

We’ve moral dilemmas and martial arts mayhem, serial killers and modern day cowboys, a burglary gone bad and a hook-up gone worse, plus the most badass girl scout you will ever meet, in this criminal collection of shorts. Join us Number 70, Oxford Street for this FREE screening from 5pm on March 24th. Please still…

Iranian Cinema Programme Two (Cert 15) March 24th (4.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

There’s crime committed and crime to solve, a relationship on the rocks and a vanishing lover, a child filled with anticipation and a child haunted by horror, in our second Iranian selection. Join us at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington from 4pm on March 24th. Tickets £5/£4 (concession). PARVAZ MAHIHA [FLYING FISH] (UK Premiere)…

Kino Talks: Women in Film & Success Behind Shorts Funding March 24th (3:00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Join five women who have been successfully funded for their short films by public funding bodies and learn how the process of being funded works. We have Zodwa Nyoni, Kate Graham, Sally Cancello, Jenny Longworth and Zena Igbe as they talk about their journey towards shorts success. This event takes place at Eagle Labs, Albert…

Iranian Cinema Programme One (Cert 15) March 24th (2.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

There’s crushing bereavement and unwanted pregnancy, marital gaslighting and the pressures of childhood, a desperate man drawn into a dangerous occupation, and a method actress out of her depth, in the first of our selections from Iran. Join us at The Old Bank, 437 Wilmslow Road, Withington from 2pm on March 24th. General admission £5,…

Women In Film Programme One (Cert 15) March 24th (1.00pm) & 28th (8.30pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

There’s a gesture of love and a fight for survival, a confrontation with grief and a family’s acceptance, a woman faced with an unexpected predator and a woman trapped by negative self-image, a celebration of friendship and some criminal cleaners in the first of our programmes of films from a female perspective. Join us at…

Alumni Film-Makers (Cert 15) March 23rd (8.30pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

There’s poetic teenage romance and love in the age of technology, toxic masculinity and female empowerment, a photographer with a moral dilemma and a friendship with blurring boundaries… and a pug with a strange secret. A selection of new films from some old friends; filmmakers making a welcome return to the festival. Join us at…

Greater Manchester Filmmakers (Cert 15) March 23rd (6.00pm) & 28th (6.15pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Cops in the community and cops in crisis, an old lady in a state of confusion and a young woman in the depths of depression, a dangerous online game and a modern civil war, some unexpected male bonding and a much-loved local culinary institution, as the City of Manchester speaks. Join us from 6pm at…

UoM Visual Anthropology Documentary Showcase (Cert 15) March 23rd (4.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

In collaboration with the University of Manchester we present a programme of documentaries produced by students of the Visual Anthropology Department. Please join us at 4pm on March 23rd at Eagle Labs, Albert Square. Tickets £5/£4 (concession).     OCAK Dir. Zeynep Kaserci 28 min. Ocak tells the story of a family who earns their…

International Panorama Programme 1 (Cert 15) March 23rd (4.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

First love and last goodbyes, a shaming on social media and a brutal race for survival, an uncomfortable return back to the old house, a tense relationship with a curmudgeonly grandparent and a bond that can that can transcend death itself, in a selection of international films with a focus on childhood and coming of…

Documentary Programme (Cert 15) March 23rd (2.00pm) **CANCELLED DUE TO CV-19: NEW FESTIVAL DATES TBC

Dating in the digital age and terrible town planning, the deceptiveness of some memories and the horrible clarity of others, the isolation of age and the alienation of the modern workplace, a community letting off steam, and a couple oblivious to the wider world, in this selection of true stories. Join us at Eagle Labs,…