Submit your films to Leeds Young Film Festival 2020! 

Have you made a short or feature-length film suitable for a young audience? You have the opportunity to have your film screened at Leeds Young Film Festival! 

Leeds Young Film Festival is committed to providing support for independent talent from all locations and backgrounds, and hosts competitions for short and feature-length films made FOR young people, with an audience award for both animation and live-action short films, as well as an award for feature films.  

We are keen on showing young people a world of cinema beyond Hollywood. 

Film needs children and young people to keep falling in love with it, and the LYFF is the perfect place for them – always smart and adventurous, never less than fun.
Danny Leigh, The Guardian

Thinking of submitting? 


  • All non-English films must have subtitles 
  • Only films completed after 1st January 2019 will be considered for the competitive sections 
  • All genres will be considered, but all films must be suitable for children - filmmakers must specify the film's BBFC classification or suitable age range when they submit
  • Feature films must be at least 60 minutes in length, and short films can be up to 15 minutes 
  • Films must have never appeared on British television or have had any UK distribution (Including VoD)
  • If you have more than 2 films to submit, you may be entitled to a waiver fee code - to enquire, please email

Dates and Deadlines

  • FINAL DEADLINE 7th February 2020
  • REGULAR DEADLINE 13th January 2020
  • EARLY DEADLINE 16th December 2019
  • NOTIFICATION DATE 24th February 2020
  • EVENT DATE 30th March - 13th April 2020