Leeds Young Film supports young people, students and young adults who are keen to progress an interest or career in film through its INDIs (Independent Directions) strand of activity.

Independent Directions Film Festival (INDIs)


Now in its ten year, the INDIs is an industry-based festival which aims to provide training, advice and signposting to young people aged 15+ who are interested in a career in film and TV, or who are looking at furthering their education or skills.

Alongside screenings, the festival hosts workshops, masterclasses and skills surgeries led by industry professionals.

This year INDIs Film Festival 2022 will take place entirely online.

INDIs Film Network

Alongside the film festival we also host the free INDIs Film Network which provides support and guidance as well as sharing industry training and development opportunities.

INDIs Movie Nights

In addition to the annual festival we also present regular monthly screenings including a mixture of previews, independent films and alternative content.

To find out more follow us on social @INDIsFestival

INDIs Young Programmers

Anyone (over the age of 15) interested in curating and programming the film festival can join the Young Programmers group. This is free to join and members meet fortnightly (currently online) to share ideas, films and programme themes. If you would like to join or find out more please email Eleanor Hodson on eleanor.hodson@leeds.gov.uk

BFI Film Academy

Leeds Young Film delivers the BFI Film Academy Network programme in Leeds each year. This NCFE accredited course is supported by the DfE (Department for Education) and successful participants will receive a Level 2 Award in Preparing to Work in the Film Industry.

Submissions for the 2020/21 programme are now closed but we hope to run the course again in the 2021/22 academic year. Make sure you are following us @leedsyoungfilm to get up to date news.

Leeds Film Alumni

A short (and by no means exhaustive) list of successful alumni who have come through the various Leeds Young Film programmes.