34th Leeds International Film Festival, 3-19 November 2020

All the essential information and links for LIFF 2020 will appear on this page over the next few weeks including any updates and changes to our plans. To receive the latest LIFF 2020 information, please sign up to our newsletter in the panel near the bottom of this page and follow us on social media @leedsfilmfest.

LIFF 2020 programme & booking links

The full programme for LIFF 2020 was launched on 16th October and is available to view in What's On or in the Festival Guide. You can also view the LIFF 2020 trailer reel which features 28 highlights from across the programme.

For information about tickets and passes, how to book, and renting films on Leeds Film Player, click here. Films are screening in our three venues and on our new streaming platform Leeds Film Player - see below for more details.

LIFF 2020 programme overview

Due to the current limitations and restrictions, we are presenting a reduced selection of feature films for LIFF 2020, with about 50% less titles than last year: the number of short film programmes is about the same. Almost all films will screen in our three venues and the majority will also be available for rental on Leeds Film Player. Please see below for information about our venues and player.

Our regular programme sections supporting new films return for LIFF 2020: Official Selection for fiction features, Cinema Versa for documentaries, Fanomenon for genre films, and Leeds Short Film Awards. LIFF 2020 also features great films for families from Leeds Young Film Festival which was due to take place in April this year but was cancelled due to the national lockdown. You can see a summary of the LIFF 2020 programme sections here.

We have announced our selection of short films for LIFF 2020, an epic programme of new filmmaking talent from 52 countries - see the full list here.

We will also present some LIFF programming in a separate event in spring 2021 including Planet Japan, a popular regular feature of Fanomenon which will be part of the BFI Japan season.

LIFF 2020 venues & safety information

We are presenting the LIFF 2020 programme at Leeds Town Hall, Vue at The Light and City Varieties. At the magnificent Leeds Town Hall we are screening films in Victoria Hall, at Vue we are using three screens all with new luxury spacious seating, and we are partnering with Hyde Park Picture House on bringing LIFF 2020 to their sister venue City Varieties.

The venues have been operating with safety measures in place since re-opening including social distancing, requiring face coverings unless exempt, providing hand sanitiser stations, cleaning of seating and other surfaces after every show, and displaying NHS QR code posters. We have introduced additional seating measures for LIFF 2020 including extra distancing between seats and maximum group bookings of two people except for Leeds Young Film Festival family screenings. Details of safety measures in place for each venue will appear on your e-ticket when you book a film and please take note of the guidance and requirements before your visit.

We realise many of you will not be able to visit our venues in November and we are launching our new streaming platform Leeds Film Player so anyone can view the majority of the LIFF 2020 programme at home anywhere in the UK.

Introducing Leeds Film Player

For LIFF 2020 we are excited to be launching Leeds Film Player, a new streaming platform presented by Leeds Film and Leeds Young Film to host films online for our three film festivals: Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Young Film Festival, and the INDIs.

Leeds Film Player will be available for the duration of LIFF 2020 via leedsfilm.com with over 150 feature films and shorts. You will be able to view many acclaimed fiction features and documentaries from the LIFF 2020 Official Selection, Cinema Versa and Fanomenon sections, all competition programmes in the Leeds Short Film Awards, and family films from Leeds Young Film Festival.

Leeds Film is supported by the British Film Institute