Every November, Leeds hosts the largest film festival in England outside London, welcoming thousands of film lovers to over 250 screenings across 18 days at venues across the city. Its inspirational programme presents the best new and unseen films from around the world, across six different genre strands, and includes world premieres of new releases (previous years have included The King’s Speech and The Artist), hit comedies, gripping dramas, outstanding new world cinema, wonderful short films, amazing experimental films, beautiful animation and great Japanese Anime. Since 2012 the Leeds International Film Festival has been an Academy Award Qualifying Festival through its short film awards.
Venues include the luxurious Everyman Cinema, in Trinity Leeds and Hyde Park Picture House - the independent art-house cinema known worldwide for its prestigious historical setting, where the festival began over a quarter of a century ago. Since 2010 the magnificent Leeds Town Hall has been transformed into enormous cinema each year, the ideal place for filmgoers to embrace the brilliant light of cinema on a cold, dark November evening. For more information go to www.leedsfilm.com.
Leeds Young Film
Taking place every Easter, Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is a unique film experience for young people and their families, featuring amazing films from around the world and master classes from leading film industry talent. It also features The Golden Owl Awards, celebrating young filmmaking in Leeds and The INDIs, the UK’s only young filmmaking award celebrating purely independent work. If you have a film you want to submit to the festival or want to find out more about Leeds Young Film go to www.leedsyoungfilm.com.
MediaFish are Leeds Film's ‘young consultants’, a group of young people who are passionate about film. This group works year round to help plan the festival, watching and selecting films and much more. If you are aged between 14 to 19 and are interested in getting involved then contact the film festival by using the Contact us form on this page.
Leeds Film Academy is the home for Leeds Young Film's year-round film education programmes, delivering both organised workshops and master classes and casual drop in options. These programmes are offered to schools, colleges and other formal/informal education providers and can include Arts Award accreditation. Anyone interested in learning more about what we offer, or wanting to use the Film Academy, please use the Contact us form on this page.