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A brand new international film festival is coming to the UK this summer

MUBI Fest is your ticket to Manchester’s new £210 million venue

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen
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Move over Sundance, Cannes et al because a brand new global film festival is coming to your city – or a city relatively near you – this summer. 

MUBI FEST, a new event organised by the streaming platform and distributor, is a brand new worldwide film fest that takes in nine international cities. In the UK, it’ll be running in Manchester from July 12-13 at AKA Aviva Studios.

Expect preview screenings of new films, with director Q&As, free talks and other film-fan-friendly goings-on, as well as DJs, art and food. Tickets for films will cost a very reasonable £8.

The main programme is yet to be announced, but on the line-up so far are ‘Crossing’, Levan Akin’s follow-up to his 2020 coming-out drama ‘And Then We Danced’, roadtrip drama ‘Gasoline Rainbow’ from ‘Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets’ co-directors Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, and Naqqash Khalid’s British drama ‘In Camera’. 

The venue is an intriguing one, too: the city’s brand new, state-of-the-art AKA Aviva Studios. The £210 million arts centre launched last year with Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition ‘You, Me and The Balloons’, and the venue’s 1600-seat Hall will host the MUBI FEST screenings.

MUBI Fest Manchester runs from July 12-13. The other cities’ dates are Mexico City (Jul 12-14), São Paulo (Jul 26-28), Chicago (Aug 17-18), Bogotá (Sep 6-8), Buenos Aires (Sep 12-15), Santiago (Oct 3-6), Istanbul (Nov 7-10) and Milan (Dec 13-15).

Tickets are onsale now at the official site. Watch the trailer below.

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