Fans of the big screen are being invited to take part in an action packed day to celebrate Manchester’s film industry.

Fans of the big screen are being invited to take part in an action packed day to celebrate Manchester’s film industry.

A series of events is being held at venues across the city to bring together actors, writers, directors and film fans, on Saturday, July 17.

We wanted to bring the people of Salford and Manchester together to celebrate our thriving creative media and film industry,” said Mark Ashmore, of Salford-based film and media production studio Future Artists, which is organising the event to mark its first birthday.

We have some amazingly talented people in the City, who adapt to change as if it where in their blood, media is changing, social media has changed everything, and the way we make film is changing, these are changing times don’t you know, so this event states this and our future artists intentions”

The Picnic in the Park event will start at noon with a conference at the Zion Arts Centre, in Hume, to give people the chance to discuss press issues in the local and global film industry.

This will be follow at 1pm by a giant picnic to be held at Hume Park with the whole of Manchester invited.

People can come to our conference and get the chance to talk about whatever they want,” said Jenny Inchbald, who is also from Future Artists.

It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting interested in film, or you’ve been in the industry for years. It’s a great chance to meet people in the industry and share your views.

Then we want to move the conference over to the park. We’ll have live music and entertainment.”

At 5pm Future Artists will be showing a double-bill of films back at the Zion Arts Centre, including the award winning comedy Beyond the Pole, produced by Helana Baxendale, of Friends and Cold Feet fame, with tickets just £6.

Finally, a party is being planned at the FAC251 club starting at 10pm to end the day.

Mark added: “We’re hoping for a great turnout throughout the day. We have some great films on show and hope people will be able to share our passion for this City’s thriving film industry, and meet others who are interested in cinema.”

For more information, or advanced tickets to the screening, go to

Tickets for the film will also be available on the door.

Mark and Jenny Future Artists Out Side of Zion (c) Alex Walker 2010

Mark and Jenny Future Artists at Zion (c) Alex Walker 2010


for more information or to arrange an interview please contact Jenny Inchbald on 07500 256 968 or email


One Response to “Fans of the big screen are being invited to take part in an action packed day to celebrate Manchester’s film industry.”

  1. Mark Whitfield Says:

    I thought MediaCItyTV readers might be interested in a couple of MediaCityUK initiatives I started nearly 4 years ago starting with the MediaCityUK photographic timeline journal. I work as an IT Manager in Salford Quays, very close to the Peel Development.

    There are currently 15,500 photos taken from May 2007 to present day providing an intimate view of the build from the first digger on-site in June 2007, the erection of all the cranes and all the various buildings that occupy the space that was once grassland. Pictures have been taken from the Imperial War Museum North, Designer Outlet and Broadway at the back of the development site.

    Detailed Timeline :

    Abridged Timeline (Higher Res) :

    This timeline is linked to a group on the professional networking site, LINKEDIN. This group currently has 2000+ members and I post the latest photos, news, jobs and approve discussions on the group regularly.

    Along with this initiative, I also started a MediaCityUK thread on the forum (for Manchester) which has now had 270,000 hits from readers and posters. I post my latest pictures here also (aka NonStopMark avatar) and of course, members can also post their pictures and views on the build:

    I had the idea when taking pictures of Salford Quays on a blue sky day, for my website at . I liked the idea of charting such a significant development from the ground up and maybe learning a little about mass scale construction and some of the techniques employed.

    There were certainly moments when I got a little obsessive and took a few hundred shots a month and conversely, moments when I thought I should stop altogether but I am glad I didn’t. I am a big fan of Salford Quays and have worked in the area for 15 years as an IT Manager for a Software House off Broadway. I have even themed our website at on the general area using the colour tones and pictures I have taken.

    I will almost certainly carry on taking the pictures until the end of phase 1 at the end of next year. The link always redirects to the current month to provide easy access to the most recent photos I have taken. Then, if I still work in the Quays, I may carry on taking pictures for subsequent phases as part of my lunch coffee run to the Lowry and Designer Outlet.

    I think the MediaCityUK site represents a great opportunity for media companies to reside and also boosted by the kudos and potential affiliation with both BBC North and the University of Salford media faculty which has just announced 39 new courses for media study. This will provide appropriate cross pollination for the site and also encourage media study in Salford and surrounding areas.

    More information about the timeline can be found at my website at this link:

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