starburst film festival

STARBURST Film Festival Manchester 26th-28th August 2016

Starburst Festival Friday



The STARBURST Film Festival runs over 3 days across the August bank holiday and is held in the MMU Student Union building in Manchester.

Day tickets are just £25.50 and can be purchased by clicking the tickets link above. If you want to get a full weekend pass then it is just £75.00!

The festival will be a ‘comic-con’ style event with exclusive presentations, specials guests, movie screenings, questions and answers session, celebrity ‘meet & greets’ plus any other events to deliver a full on weekend of sci-fi and horror entertainment.

There will be screenings of several new films, both shorts and full-length features, from new filmmakers, all of who are competing to win a converted STARBURST Award. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best films being made by the next generation of movie makers.

The festival has 5 main theatre spaces to present guest and big screen movie screenings. The main auditorium seats 600 and a special 200 seat cinema plus other more intimate screening spaces.

Further entertainment in the form of table top gaming, interactive spaceship command, on a purpose built bridge, comedy and some very special theatre shows will be happening in the evenings with the whole day rounded off with live music and disco until 2am.

Friday Highlights

Peter Beale - the Force (and how to find it)

What it is. How to find it


Mad Max 2 - with Virginia Hey

Screening and Q+A with Virginia Hey


Scream Queens

Martine Beswick and Caroline Munro Interview and Q+A


BFI DVD Presents - Psychomania

Newly restored screening


Ken Russell's - Gothic

Introduced by writer Stephen Volk



An evening of entertainment and convivial fun centred around the lovely Salutation pub!

Horror Double Bill

Dracula AD72 & Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde


Festival Special Guests in Attendance

Friday Film Screenings

Friday New Filmmakers Screenings

The day schedule is subject to change without notification.

Starburst Film Festival Highlights

Horror Double Bill

Horror Double Bill

Nightly Horror Double Bill screenings
Including Psychomania (Remastered print) & Dracula 1972 classic films, from the horror genre, to keep you on the edge of your seat...

RUN!  Gangsters at 40

RUN! Gangsters at 40

The creator of this classic television show Philip Martin is in conversation with Dick Fiddy. Looking back at the series and his new novelisation

Bob Baker

Bob Baker

Bob Baker, BAFTA winner writer of Wallace and Gromit – A Matter of Loaf and Death. He discusses the characters and their exploits in a Q&A session and introduces the fans favourite W&G short film.

Battletruck Screening

Battletruck Screening

Harley Cokeliss screens a fully restored copy of his 'post oil wars' 1982 epic Battletruck

See the Festival Hightlights