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Submissions now open for the 30th Leeds International Film Festival

Enter your film to the 30th Leeds International Film Festival

The world’s first moving images were shot in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today Leeds is a major centre for film production and exhibition. Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK’s biggest film events.

LIFF is a portal for discovery of the real world of filmmaking that exists beyond regular film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports outstanding new talent and established talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK. LIFF considers narrative, documentary and animated films, in feature-length and short formats, in multiple genres and from all countries.

We are now welcoming entries for LIFF30 with new, earlier deadlines for 2016: early-bird 1st April, regular 1st July, and final 1st August. To submit, please use either FilmFreeway or Withoutabox – click below for full details.

LIFF is a qualifying film festival for the Oscars® and BAFTAs

The winners of LIFF’s Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition and World Animation Competition may be submitted to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for consideration for nominations for the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories of the Oscars® respectively. Any British short film selected by LIFF may be submitted to the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for consideration for nominations for the British Short Film category of the BAFTAs.

Audience & Jury Awards of the 29th Leeds International Film Festival

LIFF presents audience awards for fiction and documentary features and short films, and seven national and international jury awards with total cash prizes of £4,500. The full list of audience and jury awards from the 29th Leeds International Film Festival is as follows:

LIFF29 Audience Awards

  • Leeds Audience Award for Best Fiction Feature: Liza the Fox-Fairy (Károly Ujj Mészáros, Hungary)
    Leeds Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: Landfill Harmonic (Graham Townsley & Brad Allgood, Brazil / Norway / Paraguay / USA)
  • Leeds Short Film Audience Award: The Reinvention of Normal (Liam Saint-Pierre, UK)
  • Dark Owl International Fantasy Short Film Audience Award: A Boy’s Life (Howard McCain, USA)
  • Dead Shorts Audience Award: Milk! (Ben Malleby, UK)

LIFF29 Jury Awards

  • Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition – cash prize £1,000: Drama (Guan Tian, USA)
  • World Animation Competition – cash prize £1,000: Manoman (Simon Cartwright, UK)
  • British Short Film Competition – cash prize £1,000: Rate Me (Fyzal Boulifa, UK)
  • Yorkshire Short Film Competition – cash prize £500: Cargo (Oli Carr, UK)
  • Leeds International Screendance Competition – cash prize £500: Choreography for the Scanner (Mariam Eqbal, USA)
  • Leeds International Music Video Competition: Lightning Bolt – The Metal East (Lale Westvind, USA)

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