Manifesto Film Festival began life as the Norwich Radical Film Festival, in Norfolk, England, before moving across the channel to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, in 2018. The festival was established to promote and support filmmakers locally, nationally, and internationally. If you have a story that needs telling, or are finding it hard to place the film you have already made, we are here for you.
We are working with local groups to create community cinema, with movie scholars to build a forum for debate on popular culture, and with filmmakers far and wide to craft a home for films that you won’t see anywhere else.
In an industry flooded with one-size-fits-all festivals with no room for edge, subversion, or wit, we pride ourselves in being different. We adhere to what makes an event like this important: passion. We love film and the creativity required to produce cinematic works of art. And, likewise, the enthusiasm among peers to watch and discuss films. We promote an atmosphere, as well, for like-minded people to socialize and have fun; radical film is about engaging with people, inspiring them to question and challenge the status-quo. Our festival is an arena for filmmakers who want to provoke the social constructs of modern global society.
What is radical film?
Manifesto Film Festival seeks films that are politically subversive and/or unique in form. ‘Radical’ film can encompass documentaries that seek to raise awareness of the struggles of oppressed communities, fiction that explores or questions cultural norms, or avant-garde filmmaking that challenges traditional cinematic techniques – and many more possibilities.
I am in love with film; I’m studying for a PhD in Film at the University of East Anglia, so when I’m not making my own movies, I’m watching, writing, and talking about other people’s.
As a political documentary maker I’ve seen and done some bizarre and amazing things while trying to tell stories to help change the world, and I’m proud of my work. Unfortunately, I have often found sharing the results difficult, as festivals can be unwilling to touch ‘controversial’ material – and I’m not the only one. That’s why I decided to start the Norwich Radical Film Festival; a unique, accessible platform to amplify voices – local, national and international – so often neglected by the mainstream, and to create a powerful vehicle for subversive, explosive, thought-provoking stories in my home town.
This, I’m proud to say, is a film festival of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Director of Programming/Filmmaker Liaison
It sounds cliché, but I dare you to find anyone more passionate about film than I — especially any having to do with 70s or 80s popular culture and/or the science fiction genre. And I am equally passionate in my teaching; there is nothing I enjoy more than the synergy I share with my enthusiastic film students. I cannot express the gratitude I have at having helped mentor, challenge and encourage others during my career as a film professor. I share an equal joy when I see audiences engage in debates and conversation after a kick-ass film program that I created in my vast career in film festivals, as well. I love the film festival scene: traveling and meeting like minds is a thrill!
I earned my Film M.A. at Chapman University in Orange County where my thesis focused on Postmodern Millennial Remakes and I am currently earning my PhD at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, researching auspicious Apocalypse in contemporary film. In addition to having taught film at the University of New Mexico, Peninsula College and the Northwest Film Forum, I am lucky to have worn many hats in the film industry, including short film programming, co-coordinating, writing, screening, serving on juries and working for various festivals in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Utah, Albuquerque and Santa Fe; editing for Tapestry Films in LA (my IMDb credit is for the Olsen Twins! Ssshhh!) and as editorial assistant and contributor for the genre classic magazine Fangoria in New York City.
My top pick radical films would be without a doubt … Tambien La Lluvia and No, both with Gael Garcia Bernal in attendance!
Head of Participatory Video (PV)
As a research student at the University of East Anglia, I have been investigating absurdist cinema – particularly the films of director Wes Anderson. I’ve run seminars and workshops with students to explore issues surrounding film and media, exploring stereotypes, normalcy, and other themes.
I’m an avid cinema lounger, bordering on snobby foodie, and enjoy pretending to read a good book now and then. I’ve been living in Norwich for the past two years and have found it quite an extraordinary adventure. Norwich has a wonderful character and we hope the festival can capture it, while showcasing stories that need to be told – we are, after all, eternal storytellers.
Print & Web Coordinator
I have been a film aficionado since my sister and I discovered the awe and magic of HBO when it first came out. We watched and rewatched films to the point of memorization. Cinema to me was and is still so important because of the bond it forms among the viewers. From quoting movie lines, to identifying shared experiences, it forms a camaraderie that I feel is unique to any other art form.
I prefer dialogue and performance-strong films with clever writing: my top five would be The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clue, Memento, Last of the Mohicans, and Requiem for a Dream.
I have been a short film screener for various festivals for about six years now, since my sister recruited me, and I advocate awareness of this amazing format in the US, where the short film is not as accessible to audiences as it is in Europe.
I’m a film student at the University of New Mexico with a specific interest in British films, historical period dramas and animation. While studying, I’ve explored gender roles, sexuality and the roles they play in film.
I’ve worked as part of the Disney College Program in Orlando a few times while I’ve explored my love for illustration; and when I’m not drawing, reading or listening to Broadway soundtracks, I’m binge watching British TV and drinking too much tea.
I am currently an M.A. candidate in the Film Studies program at North Carolina State University. I earned a B.A. in English and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and I plan to pursue a PhD in Film Studies.
My research interests in film include the intersections between politics and consumerism in American science fiction cinema and conceptions of reality in non-fiction cinema. Additionally, I am interested in representations of the American family in television, particularly in the genre of cult television.