Manchester International Film Festival

August 12-14

The Manchester International Film Festival will be featuring films from Southern New Hampshire University students, and award-winning short films from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. There will also be interactive Q&As and classic movies, including “Slap Shot” and “An American Werewolf in London.”

But wait; there’s more.

The three-day festival includes lots of options for viewers of all ages and genres (see the full schedule below). A day pass is $20 ($10 for students). 

Our 2022 Schedule...

Join us for one night or all three. You’ll enjoy films in our historic Rex Threatre and make memories that will last a lifetime. All events are at the Rex Theater – 23 Amherst Street, Manchester, NH unless otherwise noted. 

Friday, August 12

Sherlock Jr

(45 mins)

Directed by Buster Keaton

A film projectionist longs to be a detective, and puts his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend’s father’s pocket-watch. Live musical accompaniment by Jeff Rapsis.

The Egg

(18 mins)

Directed by Terrence Fitzgerald Hayes 

Days into a pandemic, Tristan sets sail to escape a world wrought with violence, racism and greed in search for a fresh start. A story of torment, isolation and introspection. 

Four Pins

(14 mins)

Directed by Matthew Betlz  

A young man named Tommy Graves spends his days tending to the declining lanes of the local bowling alley. In this place time feels stuck, as does Tommy.

Slap Shot

(183 mins)

Directed by George Roy Hill

Coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) lets his failing mill town minor league Ice Hockey team play their distinct brand of violent hockey, in hopes of drawing a big crowd. 

Saturday, August 13

Shrek

(90 mins)

Directed by Andrew Adamson & Vicky Jenson 

 
A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

The Last American Colony

(90 mins)

Directed by Bestor Cram

The Last American Colony traces the life of Juan Segarra, who graduates from Harvard and sets off on a treacherous path to fight for Puerto Rico’s independence—a struggle that he rightly assumes will lead to either jail or death.

Man

(6 mins)

Directed by Oksana Artemenko 

 
Little boy scared toilet. His father – military soldier – taught him “A real man should pee in the toilet not the pot”. Father went at war at the East of Ukraine and didn’t come back home. Son should become man now.

Thunder

(1 mins)

Directed by Orest Smylanetz 

 
This film was shot during the air raid on the 77th day of Russia’s aggression against Ukrain. 

Marsh Clouds: The Oysters of Harris Neck

(14 mins)

Directed by Kevin Mannens 

The Timmons family has been picking oysters in Harris Neck, GA for more than 100 years. The land they call home has a tragic history. Marsh Clouds tells a story of trauma and racism – and the perseverance to overcome against all odds.

Alice?

(13 mins)

Directed by Grace Hood-Edwards 

A starry-eyed plus size teenager actively reimagines the world around her as she experiences first love and first heartbreak.

Conservative Horses

(13 mins)

Directed by David Manitsky

In the mid-1950s, a local Los Angeles television show that does weekly interviews with B-list, Hollywood celebrities, is going to Vermont to interview Hollywood’s premiere horse trainer, Richard Turgidson (Jack Barron) and his wife, Kitty (Delaney Spink).

About Him

(13 min)

Directed by Rick Dumont

Dark comedy. Adapted from the short story by New Jersey author Adele Schwartz. The story of a lonely woman trying to find her soulmate in the personal ads of newspapers.

Finding Sandler

(78 mins)

Directed by David Seth Cohen  

Director David Seth Cohen embarks on a quest to find Adam Sandler and finally have that beer Adam asked him to have. Will David find Adam Sandler? Will they have that drink?

An Evening with John Lithgow*

*At the Palace Theatre

Join the Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor for a heartwarming conversation to reflect on his life on stage and screen from his decades-long career.

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An American Werewolf in London

(97 mins)

Directed by John Landis

Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists. (Live Podcast Recording with A Dark Impressions Podcast)

Sunday, August 14

Summer

(18 mins)

Directed by Anna A. Belmonte & Nick Czerula

Following the death of their Father, a set of siblings find a figurative skeleton in his closet. Together, they must find a way to discreetly dispose of it, so as not to tarnish their family’s good name.

Spin

(17 mins)

Directed by Lisa Marie Tedesco

When the curtain descends on their final performance of Romeo and Juliet in drama club, high school seniors Abigail and Sky bid a fair adieu to the stage they loved while letting their most deepest desires for one another surface at the cast party.

Whale Fall

(6 mins)

Directed by Katie McNeice

A glimpse beneath the surface of a relationship bonded by books, whales and love. “Poignant and powerful…making ample use of every second on screen.” –– Film Ireland.

Parrot

(183 mins)

Directed by Kyle B. Thompson

A drag queen protects a child during a crisis as prejudices reach a breaking point.

Haute Couture

(119 mins)

Directed by Sylvia Ohayon

Instead of calling the police on the girl who stole her handbag, Esther decides to take her under her wing and pass on her skills, the craft of dressmaking. Presented in Partnership with the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival.

Love is Strange

(94 mins)

Directed by Ira Sachs

While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.

oUR mISSION

Our mission is to share the talents of the best independent filmmakers, directors, performers, and creators create networking opportunities for both established and emerging artists to engage with the community in ways that encourage discussion and debate. Through the film festival, we serve Manchester by exhibiting cinematic stories from people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, initiating thoughtful dialogue, and enriching Manchester’s artistic community.

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