Hold onto your seats - it's Manifesto Film Festival
Manifesto Film Festival is unlike any other film festival you’ve ever seen. In short, it's a celebration, of handpicked films that reflect our collective consciousness.
Taking place in Amsterdam, it focuses on a specific theme each year that offers relevant commentary on the zeitgeist. The hand-selected programme aims to reflect the collective consciousness in thought and culture! This year, the theme is "Constructed Identities".
Be prepared to be educated, enlightened and entertained!
From September 6-8, several key venues across Amsterdam, including the Rialto Cinema, the Ketelhuis and EYE Film Museum will present their own varied film programme from the Manifesto Film Festival. Entering into its third year, the film festival aims to give voice to as many independent and first-time filmmakers while also celebrating those who have found success.
All films will be shown with English subtitles, making it even more accessible to all! All-access tickets to the festival, which include access to the Opening Night Reception at Rialto, the Gala at the EYE Film Museum and the Closing Night Film at Floor 17, are now available on the Manifesto Festival Film website.
Focus theme: Constructed Identities
This focus for this year's Manifesto Film Festival is “Constructed Identities”, taking a closer look at creations of extensions of the self online, of gender and personality. A large selection of the short films and features explore this concept, looking at how people analyse inner ideals by creating personas which can elaborate or confuse their sense of true self.
Special guest of honour at Manifesto Film Festival
The guest of honour at this year's Manifesto Film Festival Amsterdam is Stephen Trask, Grammy-nominated musician and writer of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the main closing night film.
Trask will be present for a special Q&A and the after-party following the film screening at Floor 17, so be sure you get your tickets for the event in time! He will also discuss his process working with John Cameron Mitchell in writing for the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch, together with sound designers and composers Donna Kavanagh and Jetse De Jong during this panel at the Ketelhuis. Book your free spot.
Manifesto Film Festival highlights
The Manifesto Film Festival is set to open on Friday, September 6 with a film from Kurdistan, Girls of the Sun at the Rialto.
Opening Night Film: Girls of the Sun
The film follows Bahar, a commander of the ‘Girls of the Sun’ battalion, who is set to free her hometown from the grasp of extremists and French journalist, Mathilde who is on hand to cover the attack. Actress Zübeyde Bulut, who stars as Lamia, will be present for an audience Q&A after the film hosted by Kurdish director Mazin Sherbayani.
Kurdish Showcases at Rialto and Crea
Four other short films from Sherbayani will be screened at Rialto as part of the Manifesto Film Festival as well as a selection of other shorts, documentaries and panels which will take place at Crea. For more details and to get your tickets to the Kurdish Showcases, go to the Crea and Rialto websites.
Constructed Identity Panel
Famous YouTuber Tatiana Pirogova, Professional Twitcher Shanna Zwart, Fandom and Pop Culture PhD scholar, Neta Yodovich and Television/Radio broadcaster and sci-fi scholar, Laura De La O come together to form a generationally and culturally diverse perspective during this engaging discussion. Reserve your seat now!
What else to expect at Manifesto Film Festival
In addition to the broad programme, which includes animation, feature films, panels, documentaries and shorts of all genres, you can also look forward to parties, like the EYE Film Museum Gala on Saturday Night! Tickets to this party are limited, so get party tickets before they sell out!
Get your tickets to the Manifesto Film Festival
Ready to be entertained and enlightened? The full-programme and tickets to the festival can be found on the Manifesto Film Festival website. Choose between the All-Access pass for the full experience, or purchase tickets to the screening of your choice. Follow the Manifesto Film Festival on Facebook for updates.