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View the LIFF 2021 programme

LIFF 2021 opens on 3 November with Pablo Larraín's Spencer and closes on 18 November with Clio Barnard's Ali & Ava, filmed in Bradford and supported by Screen Yorkshire. The LIFF 2021 programme includes over 100 feature films and 150 shorts across five programme sections. You can view films on our What's On guide by A to Z, section, country or venue order. There are also 60 LIFF 2021 features and shorts programmes available for streaming on Leeds Film Player.

View the LIFF 2021 What's On

Buy LIFF 2021 tickets and passes

You can experience LIFF 2021 with great value passes or buy individual tickets. LIFF 2021 passes include: Explorer Gold (£150) for access to all films in venues and on Leeds Film Player; Explorer (£50) which includes six tickets and then every ticket is £5; and BUZZ (£30) for 25s and under which includes six tickets and then every ticket is £5. For the first time at LIFF this year, you can choose your own seats for all our main screening venues.

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LIFF 2021 Guide in print and online

The printed version of the LIFF 2021 Guide is widely available across Leeds and West Yorkshire while stocks last - it is always available from Leeds Town Hall in advance and from our venues during the film festival. If you are on our Leeds Film mailing list, you should have received the guide in the post by 23 October. if you have not received a copy yet or you are not on our mailing list, please email your name and address to and will we send you one. The LIFF 2021 Guide is also available to browse online or download.

Browse online or download the LIFF 2021 Guide

LIFF 2021 programme sections

Our regular programme sections supporting new films return for LIFF 2021: Official Selection for fiction features; Cinema Versa for documentaries; Fanomenon for genre films; and Leeds Short Film Awards. Our Rear View section takes a look back at film history and features themed selections of films and special screenings.

View summaries of the LIFF 2021 programme sections

LIFF 2021 venues, start times and certification

LIFF returns to venues for 2021 after an online-only edition in 2020. The line-up of venues for LIFF 2021 includes:

  • Vue Leeds at The Light - three new deluxe screens (9, 11 and 12) with new recliner seats;
  • Everyman Leeds - screen 4 with luxury sofa seating;
  • Howard Assembly Room - Opera North's stunning venue, reopening in October after a two-year redevelopment;
  • Cottage Road Cinema - LIFF returns to the city's oldest cinema in Leeds;
  • Belgrave Music Hall - one of the city's most popular venues hosts LIFF again for 2021;
  • Leeds School of Arts Cinema - a brand new cinema in Leeds city centre that is part of the new Leeds Schools of Arts building at Leeds Beckett University, home to the Northern Film School;
  • National Science & Media Museum in Bradford - featuring as a LIFF venue for the first time.

Films at LIFF 2021 will usually start at or close to the advertised times - there are no programmes of adverts or trailers. Some films may start a few minutes after the start time if there is a LIFF 2021 team or filmmaker introduction or a partner promotion.

Admission to films at LIFF 2021 is for 18s or over except where indicated with individual films.

LIFF 2021 on Leeds Film Player

For LIFF 2021 there are 60 features and shorts programmes available to stream on Leeds Film Player, available soon after their first screenings in our venues. Most films will be available to view until the end of LIFF 2021 from noon on the date of their first appearance on the Player, with a few exceptions where the viewing period will be limited to 48 or 72 hours. You can rent films individually and passes are also available for all films online in the Cinema Versa, Fanomenon and Leeds Short Film Awards programme sections.

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