Leeds Young Film and Into Film present a selection of short films from around the world to celebrate the first Leeds Language Week as part of Leeds International Film Festival and the Into Film Festival. Including films with dialogue from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Russia, Japan, Romania and more. The films represent a diversity of people, stories and culture that doesn't always reach the big screen. Perfect for children and young people to experience languages being spoken within a real context and supports increased vocabulary and improved pronunciation as well as enhancing listening skills.

Full programme

Moia Mama (My Mom is an Aeroplane) 

Age: U 
Director: Yulia Aronova 
Language: Russian
Runtime: 7 mins

Different people have different mothers. And while they all are cool in their own way, having a mother who is an airplane is pretty much unbeatable: Travelling with her you could say hello to every sky scraper, deliver the mail to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or place a scarf around a mountain's neck against the cold. It is hard to beat having a mother who is an airplane. But wait until I tell you what my father is...!


Il Bambino Che Sarà Cavaliere (The Boy Who Would Become a Knight)

Age: PG
Director: Gianmarco D'Agostino
Language: Italian
Runtime: 6:30 mins 

"The Boy who would become a Knight" tells, with live action and stop motion animations, a moment of transition in the life of Luigi, a child from Florence at the end of the Fourteenth century. Thanks to the words of the family weaver and a precious embroidered blanket, the adventures of the young Tristan come to life before Luigi's eyes, to teach him what skills a knight must have.

Snovi na Kvadrat (Dreams Squared)

Age: U 
Directors: Oskar Bujger, Leda Gradski, Eva Romana Cvijetić, Kala Andrić, Mila Kranjčević, Lovro Biondić, Eva Japundžić, Lina Mlinarević, Laura Gotovac
Language: Croatian
Runtime: 3:02

After he dreamt of blue sheep, our hero finds himself in a nightmare's nest. There is a one way out, but will he be able to find it? Who is the spy here, and who is the real human?

Polar Bear Bears Boredom

Age: U
Directors: Koji Yamamura
Language: Japanese, English
Runtime: 7 mins 

A polar bear who is very bored with various marine animals in the deep blue sea.

Robin og Planeten (Planet Robin) 

Age: PG
Director: Johan Kaos
Language: Norwegian
Runtime: 17 mins 

Robin goes out in the woods when her parents argue. There she meets a little planet that has been injured. She brings the planet home. But planets don’t like living in garages, and little girls don’t like it when parents argue.

Der Nestling (The Nestling) 

Age: U 
Director: Christiane Hitzemann
Language: German, Turkish
Runtime: 12:01 mins 

While struggling with her grandmother about the household lead, a young girl has to cope with her mother's seemingly fatal illness: cancer.

Luce & Me 

Age: PG
Director: Isabella Salvetti 
Language: Italian
Runtime: 10 mins 

A 10-year-old boy is in the car with his Roman and Romanist father. They're late, the radio broadcasts the Rome-Lazio derby. The boy wears the costume of a cartoon heroine and fears that he won't arrive in time for a very special appointment...


Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 November 2023, 10:00 am


Vue Leeds, The Light The Light, The Headrow Leeds LS1 8TL






Wednesday 15 November, 10:00 - 11:15

Thursday 16 November, 10:00 - 11:15