Starburst Media City Festival

Starburst Media City Festival

Starburst Media City Festival

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The STARBURST International Film Festival is one of the biggest and best genre celebrations ever seen in the UK. It is held every year at MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION COMPLEX, close to Manchester City Centre for the entire bank holiday weekend from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August 2017.

The whole building is ours, and will be the usual urban getaway for genre fans looking for way more than a set of screenings taking place in a cinema.

The SU Complex is an audio visual palace. Home to an amazing range of unique spaces that allows us to host up to four simultaneous screenings and associated events and the main theatre.

Not only are there lots of screenings and events across three floors, there are also bars, coffee shops, dealer spaces and the site even incorporates the legendary Salutation Public House.

Every need is catered for in a venue that was a perfect fit for an event of this stature. With accommodation literally across the road you can simply relax having the time of your life mixing with fellow enthusiasts, and renowned guests from both in front of and behind the cameras of some of the greatest movies and TV shows ever made – All hosted by the team that brings you STARBURST MAGAZINE.


Finding the MMU Student Union

The Union, 21 Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6AD

Long Stay Car Parking

The closest car park is the NCP at the Manchester Aquatic Centre, 2 minutes from the venue, and 24 hours parking is £8.60.

You can ifnd more information about this car park by clicking here.

Getting to the Union Building


The Union is located within an easy walking distance from public transport stops including Oxford Road Station and many of the local bus routes. If you are approaching The Union from Oxford Road, walk through campus past All Saints Park, take a left at the Business School and keep walking until you reach us.


Manchester is a very bike-friendly city and there are various facilities on the road to assist cyclists including cycle lanes, bus lanes and advanced stop lines at traffic signals. Check out the full cycle map.


Take the 147 bus from Piccadilly Station to the stop outside the surface car park on Oxford Road. There are many buses heading towards the Manchester campus from here (Bus Numbers 41, 42, 43, 85, 111, 250, 256).

Metroshuttle Bus Routes

The free city bus service links train stations and car parks with areas across the city centre. There are three circular routes to choose from and you can hop on and off whenever you like. Service 2 will take you near the Manchester campus and you can take a short walk to The Union from here.

From Oxford Road Railway Station

Turn right out of the station and walk underneath the railway bridge. The Manchester campus is to your right.

From Piccadilly Railway Station

Head to Fairfield Street taxi ranks and take the 147 bus to Oxford Road (runs every 10 minutes). You can also walk, which takes 10-15 minutes.

From Victoria Station

Jump on the Metroshuttle service 2 (green) which picks up outside Victoria every 10 mins. Get off at Chester Street, walk up to Oxford Road, and turn right.

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