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17/07/2007

Festival Of Fantastic Film Returns To The Northwest

The Festival of Fantastic Films returns to the Northwest, as Manchester Conference Centre and Days Hotel will host the thrilling event for the fourth consecutive year, from 31 August until 2 September.
The sensational festival will celebrate the 18th Annual Convention of the Society of Fantastic Films, the only event of its kind in the Northwest. For three days, fans of horror, fantasy, and science-fiction movies will indulge in a terrific range of movie-related events: guest interviews, book signings, autographing sessions, discussions, Ramsey Campbell’s famous auction, special events, presentations, artshow and poster exhibition, themed dinner, parties and a number of movies, both old and new, running alongside each other throughout the festival.
The three-day convention will be endorsed by the presence of a number of eminent actors, directors and producers from the sci-fi movie industry. This year’s special guests of honour include actor John Morghen (aka Giovanni Radice) (The House on the Edge of the Park, Demons 3 & 4); actor, producer and director Jean Rollin (Naked Vampire, Caged Vampires); actor John Leyton (Great Escape, Krakatoa - East of Java); actor Edward de Souza (Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Vampire); actress Caroline Munro (Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter, Starcrash); actress Martine Beswicke (Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, From Russia With Love); actress Vera Day (Quatermass 2, Grip of the Strangler); actor and director Mark Redfield (The Death of Poe, Chainsaw Sally); and director Norman J Warren (Inseminoid, Terror).
This year’s film programme will cover the years 1930-2006 with three streams of movies - including: Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, Quatermass 2, House on the Edge of the Park, Ghost Ship, Kiss of the Vampire and Captain Kronos, and Vampire Hunter. The festival will also feature the premiere of Ivan Zuccon’s Nympha, as well as two new films, starring icons David Hess, Michael Berryman, Kevin McCarthy, Kevin Sorbo and Kane Hodder.
The organisers of the event once again chose Manchester Conference Centre for its exceptional built-in facilities, the expedient onsite accommodation (through Days Hotel) and also its convenient central location, only a 5-minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station and near all the major roads into the city.
Gil Lane–Young, Chairman of the Festival of Fantastic Films, said: “Although an undiscovered gem to the general public, the Festival of Fantastic Films has proved that it has a very loyal fanbase. Over the years, we have retained our core values and we look forward to seeing again fans of horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies from all across the country.”
Richard Handscombe, Sales and Marketing Manager for conferences at The University of Manchester, said: “We are thrilled to host the only sci-fi movie festival in the region, as we always seek to provide a broad diversity of films to our theatre patrons. The organisation of the Festival of Fantastic Films is of a high standard and, with last year’s success behind, the event shows no signs of dying out."
For further details on this year’s Festival of Fantastic Films please contact: Gil. For further information on Manchester Conference Centre and Days Hotel please contact Richard.handscombe@manchester.ac.uk
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