Manchester International Film Festival (ManIFF) took a trip to the BFI London Film festival 2015 which was action packed with networking, film watching and educating.
To see how an established international film event was organised and carried out was gold dust for the delegates of a fledgling festival like the Manchester Film Festival. The Film Audience Network Networking drinks at the BFI Southbank was a particular highlight, with a chance to converse with FAN members from all over the country as well as film makers and exhibitors from all over the world. Specifically ManIFF was able to build up personal relationships with various film festival organisations, including a Chinese film festival, because of this and other networking events held around the festival – this would have been something ordinarily difficult to achieve.
The second substantial event was the film exhibitor’s breakfast at the Curzon Soho. A fabulous venue hosted a platform of presentations that were both informative and entertaining, giving the ManIFF team plenty of ideas to explore for their forthcoming edition. Meeting a large number of programmers from all over the country was an insightful experience that can only benefit ManIFF’s foundations in its many years to come. From Film London’s Shakespeare project to Scotland’s LGBT championing, the information on offer was both diverse and interesting.
In addition to these mixing opportunities the LFF2015 offered ManIFF’s representatives the stand out chance to explore a platter of new films to bring to Manchester in 2016 that will only enhance our out of competition selection for the film loving public of Manchester to enjoy in March.
All in all, our journey, to the nation’s capital city’s premier film festival, was an enriching and worthwhile experience for the festivals organisation which will help our passionate event both learn and grow, respectively.
ManIFF attended the BFI London Film Festival with a bursary from Film Hub NWC – for more details see here.