Fanomenon is the UK’s greatest genre film event offering a unique combination of great fantasy, sci-fi, horror, anime and cult cinema experiences, both light and dark, that cannot be found together anywhere else together on the planet.
Exclusive events in the Fanorama section include the world premiere of new Yorkshire thriller The Taking, and graphic novelist Alan Moore and filmmaker Mitch Jenkins on stage at Leeds Town Hall with their new project Show Pieces. Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, Korean action sensation A Hard Day, and German fantasy horror The Samurai are among the line-up of new films.
Following the suceess of the Basha poster exhibition in North Bar last year, we are presenting a selection of Drew Struzan’s seminal film posters to coincide with the remarkable documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster about his illustrious career. The exbition is free and runs from 31 OCtober – 10 December.
Fanomenon’s epic movie marathons are always popular, with hundreds of film fans literally going to great lengths to experience the latest in Japanese anime and worldwide horror filmmaking. This year’s Anime Day features a brand new print of Ghost in the Shell, a new Dragon Ball Z feature, and the award-winning Giovanni’s Island.
Night of the Dead returns for its 14th edition with a selection of gruesome films including ABCs of Death 2, festival favourite Housebound and a brand new Dead Short competition. With guests, giveaways (from our new sponsor Shameless Screen Entertainment) and gore galore, this is a night any self-respecting horror fan won’t want to miss.
Day of the Dead 8 has a truly international programme with demonic possession from Spain (Asmodexia), werewolves from Denmark (When Animals Dream), vampires from New Zealand (What We Do in the Shadows) and Kevin Smith’s latest body horror (Tusk). The audience also gets to vote for their favourite film in the Silver Méliès fantastic short film competition.
LIFF audience favourite Sound of Noise returns in a free screening as part of Leeds Free Cinema Week and 2001: A Space Odyssey screens again due to popular demand as part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder season. Discover one of Japan’s most talented and original animators, Masaaki Yuasa, in a special selection of his work. Revisit three anime classics on the big screen, Gainax’s Wings of Honneamise and Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Grave of the Fireflies.
RETRO – ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA
Álex de la Iglesia has been making films for over 20 years and yet, unlike his contemporaries (Guillermo del Toro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Kevin Smith), his films are mostly unknown in the UK. Regardless of the genre or the plot, all Iglesia’s films have his trademark black humour and social commentary. Discover some of the most overlooked independent horror comedies of the last two decades with four of his greatest films.
RETRO – KONSTANTIN LOPUSHANSKY
While the cold war still loomed ominously in the USSR, Russian director Konstantin Lopushansky created two visionary post-apocalyptic masterpieces. LIFF28 is proud to present extremely rare screenings of both Letters from a Dead Man (1986) and Visitor to a Museum (1989) – a compelling companion piece to Tarkovsky’s Stalker, on which Lopushansky was an assistant. Each film follows a central character through seemingly post-nuclear landscapes, thoughtfully reflecting on humanity’s struggle and hopes for the future.
RETRO – THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE
The social injustice, unemployment and poverty faced by many in post-Vietnam America gave rise to a number of angry young directors who were driven to make violent and often bleak films about the death of the American Dream. Buddy Giovinazzo, Jim van Bebber and Jim Muro all hailed from different states and had very different approaches to the subject but all created films that have gained cult status and which are brought together for the first time at LIFF28.
Returning to LIFF due to audience demand, 2001: A Space Odyssey is an experience not to be missed in the stunning setting of Leeds Town Hall. Repeatedly voted into top ten movies of all time lists, Stanley Kubrick’s visionary sci-fi classic is a brilliantly imaginative adaptation of Arthur C Clarke’s mind-bending novel, an episodic spectacle featuring balletic sequences of cine-choreography, awesome [...]Click to read more about this film »
A Hard Day is the must-see Far Eastern action film of the year. On the way back from his mother’s funeral, special crimes detective Gun-su gets into an accident, killing a man instantly. To cover up his crime, he hides the bodyClick to read more about this film »
inside his mother’s coffin, with her inside. A few days later, Gun-su’s crime pops [...]
A Masque of Madness (Notes on Film 06-B, Monologue 02) is a surreal experiment that takes clips from over 50 years of Boris Karloff movies and compresses them all into a single feature length film, seeing Karloff portray over 170 different characters. The result is a schizophrenic horror journey in which Karloff often appears to [...]Click to read more about this film »
Following on from the success of ABCs of Death in 2013 the most ambitious anthology ever conceived returns with 26 new directors, including many whose films have previously screened at LIFF: The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt, Robert Morgan, whose short film Invocation competed in the Silver Méliès Short Film Award last year, Alejandro Brugués (Juan [...]Click to read more about this film »
A FREE event in partnership with Game Republic, Leeds College of Art, The Creative Assembly and SEGA
Alien: From Film to Game is an exclusive Leeds International Film Festival event that looks at the creation of The Creative Assembly and SEGA’s hit sci-fi survival horror game Alien: Isolation with two of the writing team, Will Porter and [...]Click to read more about this film »
Based loosely on the true story of the 1940s ‘lonely hearts killers’, Du Welz (The Ordeal, LIFF 2004) relocates the story to present day Ardennes, where lonely Gloria falls in love with Michel after only one date, only to find that he is a con artist who seduces widows and steals their money. Determined not [...]Click to read more about this film »
Based on the comic book by the creator of Ghost in the Shell and from the director of the original Appleseed anime movie comes the intense post-apocalyptic prequel. Left to survive in a post-World War society, two mercenary soldiers – Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos – are sent on a mission on the outskirts [...]Click to read more about this film »
Co-written by Marc Carreté and Mike Hostench (deputy director of Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival) Asmodexia rises above the recent slew of exorcism/possession movies to deliver a tense and terrifying vision of Armargeddon. Eloy de Palma is an exorcist travelling across country with his teenage grandaughter Alba towards Barcelona. Their mission is to help those [...]Click to read more about this film »
A recent guest animator for Adventure Time, Masaaki Yuasa is one of the most original, creative and playful minds in Japanese animation. Once you see an animated film by Masaaki Yuasa, you may never forget it, and scenes from this special selection of his work may enter your dreams. The selection includes cult anime short [...]Click to read more about this film »
Buddy Giovinazzo’s Combat Shock, along with Deadbeat at Dawn and Street Trash (both also screening at LIFF28) reflect how the American Dream failed a whole section of society in the 80s, abandoning them to poverty and addiction. Frankie is a pathetic Vietnam veteran living in poverty in New York with a nagging wife and screaming [...]Click to read more about this film »