Leeds Young Film creates and sustains opportunities for young people of all ages to develop their creativity and education through the exploration of the moving image and interactive arts, through greater access to international film culture, the experience of filmmaking, career development and showcasing.

Leeds Young Film was formed In 1999 and has engaged with over 200,000 children and young people since it was founded. Part of Leeds City Council’s City Development Department, LYF creates and sustains opportunities for young people and their families to develop their creativity and education through a range of projects and programmes which join together to create a film journey for young people, no matter their age, across informal and formal education. These include the UK’s largest family film event Leeds Young Film Festival (LYFF) and the North’s largest event of its kind for young filmmakers, Independent Directions Film Festival (The INDIs).

Whether you are a child or parent looking for film recommendations or activities to do, a young person who wants to start or progress a career in film and TV or an educator who wants to know more about our extensive teaching and learning programmes, Leeds Young Film is here to help.

Leeds Young Film Festival

Rocca Changes the World still from LYFF 2020 programme

The largest family film event in the UK, Leeds Young Film Festival is now in its 22nd year. Taking place at Easter, the festival is aimed at children and families and showcases new and unseen films from around the world including VR, alongside workshops, masterclasses and special events that take you behind the scenes to learn about the art of filmmaking.

The 2020 festival was postponed due to COVID-19 but we are happy to announce that a selection of the best films that we couldn't screen at Easter are being shown in the 34th Leeds International Film Festival taking place 3-19 November 2020 both in cinemas and on the brand new Leeds Film Player.

Check out the LYFF 2020 Programme

At present, the 2021 film festival is expected to go ahead at Easter as planned.

Independent Directions Film Festival (the INDIs)

Aimed at young people aged 15+ who are interested in a career in film or are looking to further their film education, the INDIs provides advice and signposting, training and development opportunities, as well as networking sessions, workshops and skill surgeries, led by industry professionals and supported by the BFI, Creative England, Into Film, Leeds City College, Northern Film School, Leeds Arts University, among others.

As part of the INDIs offer, we also host INDIs Monthly movie nights, the INDIs Film Network and the INDIs Programmers Group.

The 2020 festival has been postponed due to COVID-19 and is currently planned to take place in February 2021.

Education and Training

In addition to the film festivals, we also deliver several year-round film education programmes including the British Film Institute Film Academy filmmaking programme for 16-19 year-olds (now in its eighth year); the Burberry Inspire programme, working with Burberry Foundation on the first programme of its kind with several schools across Yorkshire supporting 11-14 year-olds to engage with the arts and inspire them to create their own moving image content, whilst studying the impact on their lives. We also run a CPD offer for educators using film to support literacy and attainment, in partnership with Into Film.