Stick ‘em up or the bunny gets it!

It’s that time of year, where filmmakers from across the UK and abroad gather together in Manchester to make beautiful arty films that make us all better people and change the world.

This Easter we’re returning to The Wonder Inn on Shudehill for our Mini Kabaret. a jam session slash open mic for independent filmmakers. If you’ve been before you know the score. If not, a quick rundown:

Filmonik Manchester is one cell of the international Kino Kabaret movement dedicated to making short films in very short spaces of time wherever and with whatever you can find.

The idea behind a Kabaret is simple. Meet, write, shoot, edit, screen.

Filmmakers of all stripes will meet up in our film lab in the Wonder Inn. From first-time-out newbies to experienced directors, aspiring actors to crusty old thesps, screenwbriters, DOPs, sound recordists, editors, musicians, visual artists, and people who defy labels but want to have a good time. 

Anyone with an idea can bring it along on Thursday and get help getting it made, with only one limit: you have to get it done by Sunday night. The screening waits for no one! 

And if you don’t have an idea, you can come along and help someone make theirs.
Script a film, shoot and edit it ready for the Sunday screening and see what you learn along the way. What could be simpler?

Previous Filmonik Manchester Kabaret filmmakers have gone on to take the festival circuit by storm. Some of our alumni have found themselves participating in Creative England’s iShorts scheme this year. And still others have made and screened their first film, met some unforgettable people, and had a wonderful experience.

Whatever you want to do, remember the Filmonik motto:
Do well with nothing, do better with something, and do it now!

The do-not-forget bits:

Easter Mini Kabaret runs from Thursday 24th March – Sunday 27th March
£10 for filmmakers (inc. screening)
Advance bookings are required to participate – go to our Eventbrite page to book!

Ideas pitch and production meeting – Thursday at 6.30 pm
Lab space open – Friday to Saturday 10.30 – 7.30 pm and Sunday 10.30 – 6.30 pm
Screening – Sunday 27th March 7.30 pm onwards
£5 on the door

Over eighteen? Got a story to tell? Want to get involved? Meet at The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, M4 2AF and break out your bunny ears…

Got questions? So you should. Send ‘em on through to us at

It's almost time for the 2015 Kabaret public screenings!!

7:30 doors ~ The Wonder Inn, 29 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 2AF ~ 29th JUL & 2nd AUG ~ £5 entry or £4 students

As you may already know, the Filmonik Kabaret is a chance for local (and not so local) filmmakers, actors, musicians and more to come together and make short films over the course of one week. They will have had either 3 days or 4 days (respectively) to write, shoot, edit, and most importantly FINISH their films in time for both the public screenings - to which all are welcome, hence the name.

Join us at The Wonder Inn - next to Sudehill tram stop - and see what our intrepid Kinoites have come up with in only a few short days. Nothing is pre-screened and much is left to the surprise and/or horror of our amazing audience. With an on-site bar and probably a few more treats besides, it's not one to be missed.

If, however, you still want to get involved and make some films of your own, follow this link -

Tickets for the full Kabaret (27th JUL to 2nd AUG) will be purchasable up until the event itself. If it's your first time, bring a friend! Newbies are always welcome x

See you there!!!


This year's official Kabaret supporters are Hatters, The Hold Fast Bar, and The Wonder Inn.

For more information on The Wonder Inn, head to

For all your mid-town slumbering needs, follow this link -

And if you like drinking stuff go here!! -

Filmonik will officially be collaborating with Hatters Hostels and Hold Fast Bar during the 2015 Summer Kabaret!!!

From the 27th JUL to the 2nd AUG, during the Kabaret itself, FREE AND DISCOUNTED BEDS will be available just down the road from our lab at The Wonder Inn! On top of that, Hatters has showers, lockers, and secure storage on-site, along with breakfast and Wi-fi and comfy sofas.

If you would like to secure a place at Hatters during the Kabaret, keep your eyes on Facebook over the next few days. We will announce how and when you need to book by, and we need to know in advance - no late submissions!! We need to stress that these beds are for INTERNATIONALS FIRST. If beds are still available, they will then go to participants from outside of Greater Manchester, then to our Mancunian brethren, in that order.

Beds are limited so please apply quickly once the booking system has been announced. Book your stay through us, NOT THROUGH HATTERS - this will most likely be via the Kabaret 2015 Event Page -

But for now, here's a massive "thank you" to Hatters Hostels, Manchester.


We're also working on discounts at Hatters' bar buddy, The Hold Fast on Newton Street! Hold Fast is a neat little downstairs setup with all the murky yet inviting charm you'd come to expect from Manchester's Northern Quarter. It's a great place to meet and unwind after a hard day's filming, and it's even got a cool little smoking area where you can pretend you're in a submarine! Endless opportunities. They also do some pretty outstanding looking sandwiches and such - stay tuned for more information on this one.

So for all you mid-town slumbering needs, be you and visitor from abroad, a weary party victim, or a badass Kabaret filmmaker, follow this link -

And if you like bars then hey, here's another!! -

Watch this space, and keep buying tickets, you lovely people x -

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