Manchester Indian Film Festival returns for 2023

There's everything from zombie comedies to spy thrillers

By Ben Arnold | Last updated 13 October 2023

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The Manchester Indian Film Festival is to return to the city for its third year, with a programme bursting with thrillers, horror movies, zombie comedies, shorts, period dramas and everything in between.

Kicking off on October 25, screenings, Q&A sessions and other events will be happening all over the city, with venues including Vue, Everyman, Ducie Street Warehouse, Cultplex, Soda and The Carlton Club.

Also for the first time, the MIFF will also be exploring the world of gaming being developed by South Asian creatives, in a collaboration with Tulsea and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The festival will launch with a screening of Mutiny: Asians Storm British Music on October 25, director Vivek Bald’s documentary about the rise of Asian musicians in the world of underground electronica in the 90s, from Asian Dub Foundation to Talvin Singh and Fun^Da^Mental.

The event happens at the Carlton Club in Whalley Range, along with a Q&A session with Rina Ladybeige of The Social Service, Nirav Chande from Daytimers and Ruby Swallow from the Eves’ Drop Collective.

Go Goa Gone

Writer-director Atul Sabharwal’s Berlin will be making its premiere, a serpentine spy thriller set in early 90s Delhi, while Parth Saurabh’s On Either Sides Of The Pond looks at a young couple forced by the financial hardships caused by covid to return to their hometown.

In a special presentation for the festival, three episodes of the new Pakistani drama The Pink Shirt will be shown with an evening screening, and a women-only afternoon show at the Ducie Street Warehouse.

Krishna D.K and Raj Nidimoru’s Go Goa Gone, a hallucinatory zombie comedy involving the Russian Mafia and a road trip gone awry, will be screened at Cultplex.

Elsewhere, Too Desi Too Queer, a highlight from last year’s festival, will be back with a series of shorts from South Asian LGBTQIA+ writers and directors, featuring a Q&A hosted by writer, actor, model, gay activist and feminist Lucky Singh at the Carlton Club.

The festival will wind up on November 4 with Kennedy, from director Anurag Kashyap, dubbed ‘the Tarantino of India’. The grisly crime drama opened to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

You can find details and tickets for the events and screenings here.