Latest updates for Leeds Film activities

  • 34th Leeds International Film Festival: taking place in venues and on Leeds Film Player from 3rd to 19th November 2020; the LIFF 2020 programme launched on 16th October.
  • 20th Leeds Young Film Festival: postponed from April, films screening as part of LIFF 2020 in November.
  • 4th Independent Directions Film Festival: taking place from 5th to 7th February 2021.
  • 21st Leeds Young Film Festival: taking place in April 2021.
  • LIFF Presents year-round screenings and events in venues: currently on hold.
  • INDIs Movie Nights year-round screenings and events: currently taking place online.


Leeds is part of film history since 1888

The world’s first films were made in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince and today the city is a leading centre for film culture located in the heart of Yorkshire, a major European filmmaking region. Leeds film culture includes fantastic new and historic cinemas, exciting film festivals throughout the year, special film events in landmark locations, three universities with dedicated film departments, and a dynamic movement of societies and individuals organising their own film activities. Leeds is home to Screen Yorkshire, which is driving the expansion of film production in the region, and to BBC Yorkshire and ITV Studios: the city is also the new home for Channel 4. Leeds is a nationally-recognised hub for talent development with increasing opportunities for young people in the city’s creative industries, leading to new careers and businesses.

Leeds Film delivers and supports film culture

Part of Leeds City Council and supported by the British Film Institute, Leeds Film delivers three annual film festivals: the Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying Leeds International Film Festival (November); the UK's largest family film event, Leeds Young Film Festival (Easter); and the new Independent Directions Film Festival (October). Leeds Film also delivers: year-round audience development support for film culture in Leeds and the wider city region, including LIFF Presents and LIFF Selects; projects and programmes for young people including Burberry Inspire, the INDIs Network, and the BFI Film Academy Leeds; and the Leeds Short Film Awards with seven regional, national and international competitions.

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The Leeds Film Team is based at Leeds Town Hall and you can contact us by emailing or calling 0113 378 5999.

Leeds Film is supported by the British Film Institute

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