Manchester Lift-Off Film Festival 2018 – Local Filmmakers Showcase

Local Filmmakers Showcase and Networking

Thursday 29th March, 8.45pm - late
@ Texture, 67 Lever St, Manchester M1 1FL


Being Keegan
Dir. Stephanie Zari
UK | 26 mins
Growing up in Liverpool Football Club’s 1970’s heyday, 10-year-old Jay and his best friend Sean spend their days playing football in the backstreets of marginalised Liverpool, gripped by the rise of celebrity footballer Kevin Keegan. When tragedy strikes, it changes their lives forever. We follow Jay’s journey as he returns home after 25 years and explore the ramifications of childhood trauma into adulthood.


Under the Rope
Dir. Simon Mulvaney
UK | 8 mins
Under The Rope' is a short documentary about inspirational female Muay Thai fighter Sylvie Von Duuglas-Ittu and the story of how a feminist from the U.S.A. fell in love with a foreign community that has gender inequality at the core of its values.


Our Ghosts
Dir. Hannah Ruddle
UK | 4.5 mins
Two married Yorkshire pensioners have built up a garden of memories as they grow plants amongst their old bed, childhood bikes and pots and pans. Our Ghosts explores the physical garden and the one built from memories and experiences which exists only inside their minds. What happens when they have to leave it behind?


Dir. David Schofield
UK | 19 mins
Behind the faded grandeur of a seaside resort, an inexperienced henchman takes drastic measures to protect his brother and a vulnerable woman from his new boss, a violent loan shark.


Dirs. Jiani Zhao, Emanuele Romano
UK | 5 mins
One day in a hospital room, an old man recall his experience of having a stroke in his home. Started with a strong headache, consequently the symptoms of the stroke alternate with peculiar vision he has regarding himself and the reality around him.


Rich is the Life
Dirs. Tim Baxter, Jack Leigh
UK | 10 mins
When Marko Lauronen was diagnosed with manic depression he realised he could no longer function in mainstream society. Marko chose to leave everything behind to rekindle his boyhood obsession for gold prospecting. The film follows Marko’s search across the frozen tundras of the arctic circle as he ponders the true value of gold.


Dir. Bugsy Steel
UK | 7.5 mins
Ten minutes before a boxing match, a teenage boxer with downs syndrome fights for his right to get in the ring.

After each film there will be a 2 minute break, during which we invite the audience to complete score cards. The cards go towards the scoring of the films and are sent directly to the filmmakers to provide insight into the audiences response.

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