University of Leeds and Leeds Film are partnering to offer a funded PhD opportunity, to produce an analysis of the history of independent cinema exhibition in Leeds. This collaborative doctoral project seeks to break new ground by enabling a student to carry out an analysis on independent film exhibition in Leeds informed by both academic scholarship and practical experience of a series of regional film initiatives under the umbrella of Leeds Film.

Such an analysis will fill a significant gap in cultural memory within the city: despite Leeds’ link with film innovator Louis le Prince and early movie making, and despite currently having the largest number of DIY film exhibitions in the UK, very few discussions of film in Leeds appear in literature, academic or otherwise.

A comprehensive historical overview of independent film exhibition in Leeds constitutes the first aim of the PhD project, with a number of potential research questions providing a specific focus. 

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In order to apply for funding you must have applied for a place of study at the University of Leeds by 9 January 2019, clearly stating you are applying for this project.