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Fanomenon Day of the Dead individual tickets now on sale

Fanomenon Day of the Dead individual tickets now on sale

With three UK premieres, and three guest directors attending Day of the Dead, the fifth addition of our Fanomenon all-day horror extravaganza on Saturday 12th November from 1pm at City Varieties is set to be the biggest and best yet. The day opens with German giallo Masks presented by director Andreas Marschall, followed by the UK premiere of Swedish spook-fest Marianne with director Filip Tegstedt, then the UK premiere of unique Civil War zombie drama Exit Humanity, and closes with the UK premiere of Juan of the Dead , with director Alejandro Brugues. Harry Knowles at genre film institution Ain’t It Cool said that ‘you’ve never in your life seen a zombie movie on the scale of this film’, and ‘ the film is consistently the funniest zombie movie I’ve seen’, so don’t miss your chance to be at the biggest day of Fanomenon at LIFF25: the UK’s greatest genre cinema celebration.

We have just released 100 tickets for each individual screening at Day of the Dead which are available at the following prices: £6.50 / £5.00 concessions / £4.00 for LIFF25 Passholders which are available from www.leedsfilm.com and by calling 0113 224 3801

Fanomenon weekend

Also screening at this mammoth Fanomenon weekend, our Fanomenon programmers recommend Bellflower on Friday 11th at 4pm and 8pm, screening in the stunning Town Hall. Hailed as ‘A weird mix of John Hughes and Mad Max. One of the most strong and stylish critiques of the idiocy of young manhood since Fight Club.’ (MSN.com), Bellflower holds its UK premiere at LIFF25 after being a huge critical hit in the USA. Praised for its beautiful aesthetic and  DIY approach to filmmaking, with director and lead actor Evan Glodell building the souped-up Medusa car and incredible flamethrowers himself, the film explores an obsession the concept of the apocalypse through a brutal story of love, friendship, violence.

The Fanomenon team also recommend Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps on Sunday 13th November at 1pm and Monday 14th November at 4pm in Vue – The Light, Switzerland’s first horror film telling the story of a famous Alpine legend about a mysterious demon woman who takes revenge on the men that abuse her. Guaranteed to put Switzerland on the genre map, the film also boasts one of the most beautiful posters you will see at the festival this year. Michael Steiner, the director, will be attending the screening to talk about the film

Thought Bubble Festival

The biggest celebration of comic books and graphic novels in the UK returns to Leeds this November, as Thought Bubble presents its most exciting programme to date! Celebrating its 5th year, the festival has been extended over a week from 14th – 20th November 2011 with a jam-packed programme of events.

The centrepiece to this year’s festival is a massive two day comic book convention which will take place on Saturday19 and Sunday 20 November in Leeds’ largest exhibition spaces, Saviles Hall and Royal Armouries Hall. The convention is now the largest in the UK, and welcomes some of the biggest names in comics to Leeds, including Tim Sale, an Eisner Award winning artist whose work, including concept drawings for the TV show Heroes, has received widespread acclaim; and Adam Hughes, one of the most respected artists currently working in the medium and responsible for the most popular and well loved DC comic book covers. The weekend long convention will also be attended by hundreds of exhibitors, who will be turning out in force for this year’s event; from brilliant small press artists and writers, to major UK retailers offering something for comic book fans, all spread across three hundred tables in two halls.

Entry to the convention costs just £18 for a two day pass, £10 for a day pass, £7 for cosplayers and under 12’s get in for free! Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.thoughtbubblefestival.com or in person or by phone at the City Centre Box Office in Leeds on Millennium Square, tel: 0113 2243801.

Latest guest announcements

We are pleased to announce two exciting additions to our Festival guests line-up. The following will be in attendance at their screenings as follows:

The Divide, director Xavier Gens. Friday 11th November, 9pm, Hyde Park Picture House. In competition: nominated for the Melies d’Argent

In The Divide, Frontier(s) director Xavier Gens delivers an incredible nightmarish portrayal of fear, paranoia, love and survival set against an apocalyptic backdrop. As nuclear bombs fall on New York eight strangers take refuge in the basement of their now destroyed apartment building, home to paranoid superintendent Mickey (a brilliant performance from The Terminator’s Michael Biehn). With food, water and supplies they are safe for now, but it isn’t long before anger and mistrust starts to divide the group and it soon becomes clear that the fight to survive has only just begun.

Smuggler, actor Masanobu Ando. Sunday 13th Nov, 20:30, Hyde Park Picture House

In this wacky and shocking crime comedy from Leeds favourite Katsuhito Ishii, a failed actor is forced to smuggle dead bodies in a world full of underground bankers and crazed fashionista yakuza killers. Kinuta discovers his first ‘cargo’ consists of slaughtered yakuzas, including the headless corpse of Boss Tanuma. The killers, ultra-assassins Vertebrae (played by Ando) and Viscera, are captured and Kinuta has to help deliver them to the Tanuma family. But when Kinuta’s kindness leads to Vertebrae’s escape, he has to ‘play’ Vertebrae in an attempt to deceive the yakuzas.

Help us choose our Film Festival Favourites

We’re getting ready to choose our Film Festival Favourites for the final weekend and though the audience response ratings and audience numbers help guide us we would appreciate it if you let us know which films you would like to see again. Whether you loved the film so much you’d like to see it again or you couldn’t make it to our screening(s) let us know through Facebook, Twitter and by replying to this email.

LIFF25 catalogue

As you may be aware for the last few years we have created a Film Festival catalogue; the catalogue is an informative publication which tells you more about the films you discover at our event, with directors statements and interviews with those involved in the film alongside relevant industry contacts. It is a must-have publication for anyone looking to learn more about the film industry in the UK and for those of you wishing to learn more about the films you’ve loved from this year’s Film Festival. Priced at £5.00, our anniversary edition features our beautiful official image take from Wuthering Heights and includes information for every short and featured screened during our 18 day event. LIFF25 Passholders get a catalogue for free on presentation of their pass and photographic ID.

Ticketing at LIFF25

Tickets for our screenings are available on the door subject to availability, to stay updated on screenings which have sold out follow us on Twitter (@LIFF25). Please note that in order for the tickets to be available on the door from an hour before the screening, tickets are collected from the City Centre Box Office up to 24 hours before the screening. If you are looking to take advantage of the 6 for 5 offer please ensure that you are booking at least 24 hours in advance of the first screening you wish to attend.

News round-up

  • Our LIFF25 passes, screenings and Major Events are now on sale at www.leedsfilm.com including Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns and Day of the Dead 5. LIFF25 Passes cost £95 for a single pass and £170 for a double pass: the pass gives free access to all individual screenings during LIFF25 (over 250), and big discounts on major events.
  • Paul Merton’s Silent Clowns is an event exclusive to the Film Festival and takes place on Wednesday 9th November at Leeds Town Hall, 7.15pm. It’s sure to be a laughter-filled and family-friendly highlight for all fans of comedy, film and music and tickets are selling fast so make sure you get yours before they go.
  • Fanomenon Day of the Dead 5 is revisiting its past by returning to the City Varieties following its recent refurbishment on Saturday 12th November at 12 noon. The City Varieties is throwing open its doors for the feast of films, guests and surprises specially selected by the Fanomenon programming team.


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