New Cinema Days at School of Digital Arts (SODA)

This one-day collective seminar and radical screening series focuses on experimental and emerging forms of cinema. It is open to everyone but has been specifically curated for artists, filmmakers, students and researchers and anyone with an interest in new cinema.

New Cinema Days (NCD) is a creative development lab for cinema of the future, a collaboration between Abandon Normal Devices (AND) Festival, the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University and HOME, Manchester. In its inaugural year, NCD is intended to advance new voices, visionary forms and encounters in cinema.


The day will kick off with a keynote by renowned programmer, researcher and writer Jemma Desai that will focus the event, followed by the seminars.


The seminars be hosted by an industry expert and will cover the following topics:

Distribution and Exhibition of New Cinema
What are the cinemas of the future? Who will be watching, where and how?

Production, Access and Technology in New Cinema
Who has access to the technologies of production? Is the democratisation of production means in reverse?

Institutions, Funding and Models for New Cinema
What are the resources new cinema needs? Who is holding them? What do cinema support institutions of the future look like?


After the seminars there’ll be a screening of short films, featuring two UK Premieres from leading radical voices in new cinema:

GLITCHBODIES by Rebecca Merlic (UK Premiere) – An experimental film and multiplatform project exploring new forms of feminism, LGBTQ+, Drag transformations and intimate sensitive representations of the protagonists, aiming to bring them to a wider audience.

Everything but the World by DIS (UK Premiere) – A docu-sci-fi plotting new narratives for new histories, from the New York–based collective known for working across mediums and platforms.

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