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Salford Film Festival

Jenni Stalmach previews the neighbour city’s latest cultural explosion

Published on November 12th 2008.

Salford Film Festival

Saturday 15 November sees the opening night of the Salford Film Festival. This is a free event over nine days jam packed with screenings, exhibitions and workshops. There’ll be local talent, cult classics and world cinema lighting up screens right across the city.

Highlights include a look into the underbelly of Salford with the film Frank. This short film depicts the tale of a small time gangster who realises that his presence in the local community is not as formidable as he first thought. In contrast director Lee Mishkin provides light relief from the more serious side of film making with his nine minute animation Butterfly Ball, a 60s inspired, psychedelic fairytale starring woodland critters.

The first Salford film festival took place at Red Cinema in 2003. Since its début the festival has attracted a growing number of film fans, with over 2000 people descending on Salford last year. A main focus as usual will be upon new work, promoting the film making skills and ideas of fresh, local talent. A number of shorts and documentaries will publicise the work of those at the centre of Salford's re-generation programme – which we trust will make for better viewing than it sounds.

The Vue Cinema, The Lowry, Peel Hall and Salford Museum and Art Gallery are some of the venues set to celebrate the city’s cinematic history.

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, for instance, as part of Riffs, Tiffs and Quiffs, a history of the Salford music scene will be showing a special screening of 'Joy Division: The Documentary' alongside rare footage of the band from the Manchester District Music Archive.

The festival opens at Blue Print Studios, just over the River Irwell from the city centre, and features preview screenings of Intercom, Adopt or Die and Ryan.

Check www.salfordfilmfestival.org.uk for more details and, after the event, for archive clips, stills and photographs.

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