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Welcome to Your Leeds International Film Festival

You have an incredible choice of film experiences at the 30th anniversary Leeds International Film Festival, an epic citywide celebration of global filmmaking culture across 15 days. The LIFF30 programme features over 300 events at 30 venues including independent and multi-screen cinemas, concert and music halls, art and community centres, universities and colleges, bars and even boats. LIFF30 is yours to explore, we hope you enjoy the adventure!

On leedsfilm.com you can find full details of the LIFF30 programme. If you would also like the free 100-page LIFF30 Guide, you can pick up a copy from our venues or we can send you one in the post: email your name and address to leedsfilmfestpr@gmail.com.

The vast LIFF30 programme is presented in five distinct sections:

Official Selection

Official Selection assembles a broad range of the finest features from around the world in 2016, which is shaping up into a vintage year for world cinema. Opening with Jim Jarmusch’s latest Paterson and closing with the extraordinary Toni Erdmann, in between there are new gems from the Moroccan mountains, urban China and Arctic Canada, the latest from great directors like Kelly Reichardt and Xavier Dolan and a special focus on new Romanian cinema.


The main LIFF30 retrospective is a celebration of the film soundtrack with a musical feast of all-time favourites and rarely-screened classics, mostly screening in the stunning concert setting of Leeds Town Hall. More highlights include restorations of classics by Andrzej Zulawski and Jirí Trnka, New Wave classics by female filmmakers, and a season of perennial LIFF hits, Norwegian black comedies.


Since launching in 1999, Fanomenon has been a favourite member of the LIFF family of programme sections for fans of cult and fantasy cinema. Headlined by Fanathons – marathon events like Animation Day and Night of the Dead – Fanomenon also features a wide selection of exclusive previews from around the world in Fanorama and classic film sensations in Retros.

Cinema Versa

Cinema Versa showcases some of the most innovative documentaries of the year alongside a series of exciting partnership events from Analogue Electronic music showcase Patch-work to the Abandoned Yorkshire exhibition. Underground Voices profiles radical auteurs like Kirsten Johnson and original perspectives on political issues like Those Who Jump. Music on Film celebrates musical mavericks from Frank Zappa to the Wu Tang Clan.

Short Film City

The home of big stories in little packages, Short Film City showcases the latest and greatest shorts from around the world. LIFF is a qualifying festival for both the Academy Awards and the BAFTAs, and the seven jam packed competitions include International, British, Animation, Yorkshire, Music Video, Screendance and Audience Award. Panorama highlights include captivating docs, rude X-rated shorts and guest programmes from Hamburg Short Film Festival.  Free short films can also be seen around the city at Kirkgate Market, Leeds City Museum and on the Big Screen in Millennium Square. The Meet the Makers sessions include panels and masterclasses that are perfect for aspiring filmmakers.

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