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 region for filmmaking.

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. Leeds is also becoming a hub for talent development with increasing opportunities for young people in the city’s creative industries, leading to new careers, business creation and Oscar nominations.

Leeds Film delivers and supports film culture in Leeds and beyond

This website is managed by Leeds Film, 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 INDIs Film Festival (July). Leeds Film also delivers: the year-round Leeds Film City audience development initiative; projects and programmes for young people including the Golden Owl Awards, Leeds BFI Film Academy and the YA Network; the Leeds Short Film Awards with seven regional, national and international competitions; and partnership activities around the UK which in 2017 included seasons of shorts, unreleased features and family screenings in schools for Hull City of Culture.