What is New Cinema Days?

We launched New Cinema Days (NCD) in April 2023, a creative development lab for cinema of the future, in partnership with the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University and HOME, Manchester. In its inaugural year NCD intended to advance new voices, visionary forms and encounters in cinema.

The NCD Lab invited emerging and mid-career artists and filmmakers working at the cutting edge of new cinema to be part of our week-long creative development lab in Manchester (UK).  

Devised to offer support structures for cinema that emerge beyond the borders of current institutional infrastructure the Lab was a catalyst for new digital cultures and technologies for innovative, live, virtual and immersive cinema production.

This funded programme offered editorial support, technical facilitation and industry connection for three teams of new cinema projects in development or early production – bold cinematic works that go beyond the traditionally defined categories of ‘film’ and ‘art.’

The lab included a one day public seminar and radical screening series focused on experimental and emerging forms of cinema. 

Selected Artists

Che Applewhaite, Grace Ndiritu and Yambe Tam were the creatives to take part in our first ever New Cinema Days.

Throughout the week-long development lab they were able to access tailored support to facilitate their projects, including mentors and state of the art facilities at SODA.

Click on the image to find out more about the New Cinema Days 2023 artists co-hort

Che Applewhaite
Grace Ndiritu
Yambe Tam


New Cinema Days (NCD) is a new initiative developed by Abandon Normal Devices, produced in partnership with the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University and HOME in Manchester UK. Supported with public funds from Arts Council England,  BFI National Lottery funding, We are UK Film and Granada Foundation, with additional support from the Italian Cultural Institute in London