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Commonwealth Film Festival

Published on May 3rd 2005.

Step aside Cannes, for The Commonwealth Film Festival has begun in earnest in Manchester, with a host of homegrown and foreign films taking place in our film loving city.

The festival, now in its fourth year is on until the 8th May and with more than 1200 entries into the festival, there was certainly plenty for the organisers to choose from, and the ones that have made it through to final selection should provide plenty of scope for critics and film buffs alike.

The festival celebrates the wealth of film making talent across 71 countries from around the Commonwealth, with 250 films coming under ten different categories, being shown in ten days at either the Cornerhouse, AMC and the Green Room.

Highlights of the festival include a Q&A session with Danny Boyle, he of Trainspotting fame, who will be promoting his latest offering ‘Millions’, a Warrington-set film described as the director himself as a cross between his Edinburgh drugs story and French success ‘Amelie’.

Other categories include Crime Scenes, Cheap, Fast and Out of Control, the latter of which celebrates filmmakers working to low budgets. Moves and Reality Checks will be promoting the best dance films and documentary topics, a particularly growing film genre after the likes of Michael Moore have trampled through Hollywood with a camcorder and a microphone.

Shorthouse is a category celebrating short films, Queerscreen will be promoting the best in gay and lesbian film, whilst local talent will be given a complete category of its own in North By Northwest.

Seminars, talks with the cast and directors involved will be backing up many of the movies, leaving filmgoers with plenty to catch their eye over the coming days.

For information on booking and what’s on today at the film festival, visit http://www.commonwealthfilm.com for more.

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