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STARBURST Film Festival Manchester 26th-28th August 2016

STARBURST International Film Festival - MMU Student Union

Manchester 26th - 28th August 2016


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26th - 29 August 2016 MMU Manchester, UK

No expense has been spared in bringing you one of the biggest and best genre celebrations ever seen in the UK. To that end we have secured the brand new MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION COMPLEX, close to Manchester City Centre for the entire bank holiday weekend from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th August 2016.

The whole building is ours, and we are going to make it an urban getaway for genre fans looking for way more than a set of screenings taking place in a cinema.

The SU Complex is an audio visual palace. Home to an amazing range of unique spaces that will allow us to host up to four simultaneous screenings and associated events and the main theatre.

Not only will there be lots of screenings and events across three floors, there are bars, coffee shops, dealer spaces and the site even incorporates the legendary Salutation Public House.

Every need is catered for in a venue that was a perfect fit for an event of this stature. With accommodation literally across the road you can simply relax having the time of your life mixing with fellow enthusiasts, and renowned guests from both in front of and behind the cameras of some of the greatest movies and TV shows ever made - All hosted by the team that brings you STARBURST MAGAZINE.

Finding the MMU Student Union

The Union, 21 Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6AD

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Long Stay Car Parking

The closest car park is the NCP at the Manchester Aquatic Centre, 2 minutes from the venue, and 24 hours parking is £8.60.

You can ifnd more information about this car park by clicking here.

Getting to the Union Building


The Union is located within an easy walking distance from public transport stops including Oxford Road Station and many of the local bus routes. If you are approaching The Union from Oxford Road, walk through campus past All Saints Park, take a left at the Business School and keep walking until you reach us.


Manchester is a very bike-friendly city and there are various facilities on the road to assist cyclists including cycle lanes, bus lanes and advanced stop lines at traffic signals. Check out the full cycle map.


Take the 147 bus from Piccadilly Station to the stop outside the surface car park on Oxford Road. There are many buses heading towards the Manchester campus from here (Bus Numbers 41, 42, 43, 85, 111, 250, 256).

Metroshuttle Bus Routes

The free city bus service links train stations and car parks with areas across the city centre. There are three circular routes to choose from and you can hop on and off whenever you like. Service 2 will take you near the Manchester campus and you can take a short walk to The Union from here.

From Oxford Road Railway Station

Turn right out of the station and walk underneath the railway bridge. The Manchester campus is to your right.

From Piccadilly Railway Station

Head to Fairfield Street taxi ranks and take the 147 bus to Oxford Road (runs every 10 minutes). You can also walk, which takes 10-15 minutes.

From Victoria Station

Jump on the Metroshuttle service 2 (green) which picks up outside Victoria every 10 mins. Get off at Chester Street, walk up to Oxford Road, and turn right.

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