Manish Agarwal is one of the organisers of Overnight Film Festival, a residential cinema event held at the legendary Queens Hotel in Eastbourne. Guest curated by Ariane Labed, Emma Dabiri and Jenn Nkiru, the inaugural edition took place in February 2016 and was a widely acclaimed, sold out success. Team Overnight are planning to return in 2018.
Since 2016 Manish has been an open submissions viewer and Q&A host for the BFI London Film Festival, as well as a preselector for London Short Film Festival in 2015 and 2016. He was also shorts programmer for East End Film Festival 2015, and hosted irregular screenings as half of the soundtrack-dedicated Disaster Film Club.
Between 2013-14 he enjoyed a communications and editorial role at Birds Eye View Film Festival, then later provided web support for BEV’s Filmonomics training programmes. In summer 2015 he contributed written and verbal pieces to the Independent Cinema Office’s Two Films by Josephine Decker project, plus the ICA’s Onwards & Outwards initiative.
Manish previously edited the Quietus website’s film section and was a member of the Hollywood Spring pop-up cinema collective. He has no useful formal qualifications or belief system, so puts his faith in the power of dance and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.