starburst film festival

STARBURST Film Festival Manchester 26th-28th August 2016

STARBURST Festival Saturday



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.

Saturday Family Day Highlights (10am - 6pm)

Thunderbirds 1965

The New Episodes plus Q&A with Stephen LaRiviere and David Graham (Parker himself!)


Ten at 10 - School Reunion

Features commentaries on the 2006 Doctor Who episodes School Reunion (guests Phil Collinson, Toby Whithouse and Bob Baker) and Doomsday (with Phil Collinson and Graeme Harper)


Katy Manning - Dr Who's Assistant

Interview and Live Commentary; Death of the Doctor


The Wrong Trousers

Wallace and Gromit writer Bob Baker Q+A and screening of the Wrong Trousers


Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Caroline Munro introduces the Golden Voyage of Sinbad


Ray Harryhausen Lost Treasures

The Lost Treasures. Rare test footage presented afresh!


Peter Beale - the REAL making of Star Wars

The Real Story behind the Making of Star Wars™


A Glitch in Time - Children’s Film Foundation

Screening of this Patrick Troughton classic


RUN! - Gangsters

Gangsters at 40 with Philip Martin and Dick Fiddy


Doctor Who Season 22 under the microscope

with Eric Saward, Philip Martin and Graeme Harper


Sha Nazir - How to Make Comics

Comics creator workshops for writers and artists


Saturday Festival Highlights

Inside No.9

Season 3 episode preview with special guests Steve Pemberton, Graeme Harper and Adam Tandy


BFI - Short Sharp Shocks

Special screenings of classic Shorts curated by the BFI


Fab Café Live Cabaret Evening!

Entertainment and fun with the Fab Cafe caberet

Festival Special Guests in Attendance

Feature Film Screenings

Saturday 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