Venue changes from HOME to AMC Manchester due to pre-sale ticket demand
The Manchester Film Festival has been forced to change venues for its red carpet opening gala night due to pre-sale ticket demand.
The opening night gala was scheduled to take place at the new HOME venue on Thursday 3 March but demand for tickets has forced organisers to switch venues to the larger AMC Manchester at Great Northern.
“The response to pre ticket sales for Dennis Viollet – A United Man and also the presentation of the all-star shorts programme featuring Sir John Hurt and Maxine Peake have completely exceeded our expectations” comments Programming Director Al Bailey.
“Requests for tickets have been astounding so we have had to make the difficult decision to facilitate the demand. We are building a festival that is diverse and inclusive to everyone and in order to fulfil the demand for tickets we have had to make the switch and honour the duty we have to our selected filmmakers by giving their films a platform to the widest possible audience.”
Following the success of its inaugural year in 2015, the Manchester Film Festival will be bigger than ever before this year with a number of new partner venues announced including HOME, AMC Manchester and the Odeon Printworks.
The annual date for the festival has also changed from last year following feedback from fans and will now run from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th March. The changes certainly appear to be working with pre-sale ticket demand for MANIFF 2016 through the roof.
“It’s unfortunate that we have had to move the film from HOME as it’s a great venue and they will still play a major role in helping the Manchester Film Festival grow into an international film festival leader” comments Al Bailey.
“HOME will now screen the UK premiere of Swedish coming of age tale There Should Be Rules on the opening night, Thursday 3rd March, as well as documentary Paul Sharits on Saturday the 5th.”
Tickets for the opening night gala of Dennis Violet – A United Man at The AMC Manchester and all other screenings at the festival are now on sale at www.maniff.com