Welcome to the INDIs Film Festival!

The 9th INDIs Film Festival, dedicated to emerging filmmakers and film lovers, returns for 2021 for the first time entirely online from 26 March to 30 April to inspire and help shape the future of the film industry.


Spanning over a month of digital screenings of the best in new independent cinema and three weekends of free masterclasses including script and story sessions from the makers of Four Lions and Waterloo Road, hands-on workshops with Nikon and trailblazing events, you can schedule your own Festival for when it suits you. With a huge range of guests from productions including Harry Potter, Batman Begins, Sex Education and Peep Show, the Festival has been programmed and designed by young creators, with the intent of championing young and independent filmmaking that breaks down the door, never-mind getting a foot in it.

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With special events and masterclasses across the whole month, young and emerging creators can access the most distinguished professionals in their field alongside independent and freelance makers who are ascending the career ladder. From video games nights to an all-embracing overview of post-production, featuring premieres of indie titles such as "You Cannot Kill David Arquette" with special guest David Arquette himself!

At the heart of the Festival is the INDIs Filmmakers Competition, sponsored by Leeds-based post-production house Sticks and Glass and Leeds City College. With submissions of film independently made by young people reaching over 400, the titles on the Official Selection have made a significant impression and are tipped to be the rising stars of British cinema. A live jury of industry professionals will judge all films in competition, and award one title as the Best Film in its age category, alongside prizes worth over £3000.

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The INDIs features specialist screenings of films including independent British and International cinema, industry sessions, panel discussions and other events entirely curated for an audience of 15-30 year-olds and is presented with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

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