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35th Leeds International Film Festival, 3-18 November 2021

All the essential information and links for LIFF 2021 will appear on this page over the next few weeks including any updates and changes to our plans. To receive the latest LIFF 2021 information, please sign up to our newsletter in the panel near the bottom of this page and follow us on social media @leedsfilmfest.

LIFF 2021 programme launch on 13 October

The full programme for LIFF 2021 will be announced and go on sale on the evening of 13 October. The LIFF 2021 launch night will take place at Vue Leeds in The Light on 13 October: free tickets are now available for the launch night trailer presentation of LIFF 2021 highlights at 5.30pm, 7pm and 8.30pm.

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LIFF 2021 opens with Spencer on 3 November

LIFF 2021 will open on 3 November with Spencer from director Pablo Larraín (Jackie) and writer Steven Knight (Peaky Blinders), starring Kristen Stewart in a breathtaking performance as Princess Diana. There will be three screenings of Spencer on 3 November at Vue Leeds in The Light - at 5.45pm, 6pm and 6.15pm - and tickets are available from the evening of 13 October.

LIFF 2021 closes with Ali & Ava on 18 November

LIFF 2021 will close on 18 November with Clio Barnard's joyful love story Ali & Ava, filmed in Bradford and supported by Screen Yorkshire. Starring Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions) and Claire Rushbrook (Secrets & Lies), Ali & Ava will screen at 5.45pm and 8pm on 18 November at Vue Leeds in The Light - tickets are available from the evening of 13 October.

LIFF 2021 printed and online guide

The LIFF 2021 printed guide will be available from Vue on the launch night and then from selected venues including Leeds Town Hall for the rest of October. If you are on our film mailing list, you will receive a guide in the post by around 20th October. An online version of the guide will also be available. If you are not on our film mailing list and would like a guide delivered by post, please email your name and address to leeds.film@leeds.gov.uk.

LIFF 2021 venues and programme overview

LIFF returns to venues for 2021 after an online-only edition in 2020. For the first time at LIFF this year, you will be able to choose your own seats for all of our main screening venues. The line-up of venues for LIFF 2021 includes:

  • Vue Leeds at The Light - three new deluxe screens (9, 11 and 12) with new recliner seats;
  • Everyman Leeds - screen 4 with luxury sofa seating;
  • Howard Assembly Room - Opera North's stunning venue, reopening in October after a two-year redevelopment;
  • Cottage Road Cinema - LIFF returns to the city's oldest cinema in Leeds;
  • Belgrave Music Hall - one of the city's most popular venues hosts LIFF again for 2021;
  • Leeds School of Arts Cinema - a brand new cinema in Leeds city centre that is part of the new Leeds Schools of Arts building at Leeds Beckett University, home to the Northern Film School;
  • National Science & Media Museum in Bradford - featuring as a LIFF venue for the first time.

Our regular programme sections supporting new films return for LIFF 2021: Official Selection for fiction features; Cinema Versa for documentaries; Fanomenon for genre films; and Leeds Short Film Awards. Our Rear View section will take a look back at film history and feature themed selections of films and special screenings including: Kafkaesque Cinema in partnership with the University of Leeds; a season marking the centenary of the birth of sci-fi writer Stanisław Lem, in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute; and a selection of Japanese film masterpieces from the BFI Japan 2021 touring programme.

Further details of the LIFF 2021 venues, safety information and programme sections will be announced with the full programme on the evening of 13 October.

LIFF 2021 on Leeds Film Player

For LIFF 2020 we launched our new streaming platform Leeds Film Player. For LIFF 2021 there will be over 60 features and shorts programmes available to stream on the Player, available soon after their first screenings in our venues. Most films will be available to view until the end of LIFF 2021 from the date of their first appearance on the Player, with a few exceptions where the viewing period will be limited to 48 hours. Full details of films to be streamed and individual film pricing will be announced on the LIFF 2021 programme launch night on 13 October.

Leeds Film is supported by the British Film Institute