The Filmonik Open Screening, featuring the Valentine's Challenge!

Announcing February's Filmonik Open Screening, featuring the Valentine's Challenge!

February 16th, 7.30pm till Late - Filmonik HQ, 3rd Floor, New Art Spaces, Federation House, Balloon Street, Manchester, M60 0AF - £5 entry donation, free entry for Open Screening films

Manchester's open-mic film screening night takes on a romantic veneer, with challenges to boot.


This February 16th, take a break from the roses and restaurant-bookings and come join us at Filmonik HQ for our regular Open Screening film night. Films are picked from a hat, introduced by their creators, then screened for your consideration. None of the films we screen are pre-screened, pre-judged, or booked in formally. Anything can happen - expect the unexpected, but keep your fingers crossed for a rom-com or two.

If you would like to screen a film, head to the "Kino Kabaret & Screenings" page at for more information. Your film is your free pass to the screening. This is a hassle-free film screening event. We want as few obstacles as possible between your film and the projector, but take note of the open-screening rules and be sure to email us in advance and include the open-screening end-slate (via the event post at

Or, if you are feeling in a particularly romantic frame of mind, why not join us for...


7.30pm February 13th to 4.30pm February 16th - Filmonik HQ, 3rd Floor, New Art Spaces, Federation House, Balloon Street, Manchester, M60 0AF - £10 participant donation

The Filmmaking Challenge returns. Flex your romantic muscles and team up to create some suitably romantic movies, with only a few days to spare. In addition to the Valentine theme, there will be other essential requirements. These will not be announced until the evening of February the 13th. Which means no pre-preparation, absolutely no pre-recruiting, and no retro-fitting pre-made scripts into the challenge "mould"! Everything has to be created from scratch during the event before the screening on the 16th.

Challenge participants will have full access to Filmonik HQ, our new 800 square-metre studio space, right in the heart of the city. This is your daytime lab and work space for editing, rehearsals, or simply a chance to take a break on the sofas. The doors are open from 10am to 6pm.

Tickets for the Open Screening and the Filmmaking Challenge are available here now (link)

Remember to include the official end-slate after your film. Download here (link)

Filmonik HQ is part of Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces (NAS); an initiative to create dynamic project spaces for artists, artist collectives and artists development agencies. Making use of temporary vacant retail, office and light industrial units, NAS provides opportunities for emerging creatives to incubate their practices, produce work and showcase new art to local communities. Currently CG runs New Art Spaces in Leigh, Widnes, Salford and city centre Manchester.

More on Castlefield Gallery's New Art Spaces (link)

Check out some of the films made for our previous screening and beyond (link)

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