Introduction

We love sharing films with audiences through Leeds International Film Festival and though we are unable to present screenings in venues during November, we are thrilled to be able to share most of our programme on our new streaming platform Leeds Film Player. Our regular programme sections for new films - Official Selection, Cinema Versa, Fanomenon, and Leeds Short Film Awards - return with the same dedication to diverse filmmaking from the UK and around the world.

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Official Selection on Leeds Film Player

In Official Selection on Leeds Film Player we present some of the most acclaimed titles of the year alongside exciting discoveries from new filmmaking talent, with most of the titles presented exclusively as part of LIFF 2020. Don’t miss award-winners and audience favourites from other film festivals like Kazik Radwanski's Anne at 13,000 ft and Philipp Yuryev's The Whaler Boy. We are presenting UK Premieres for some of the films in competition from the recent Venice Film Festival including Dear Comrades from Russian master Andrey Konchalovsky and Julia Von Heinz's immersive thriller Tomorrow the Entire World. We are also delighted to present The Trouble with Nature starring Leeds-born actor and musician Antony Langdon.

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Cinema Versa on Leeds Film Player

For our documentary programme section, Cinema Versa, we present a collection of fascinating and essential features and short films on Leeds Film Player. There are profiles of two of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Stanley Kubrick and Andrey Tarkovsky, and films about the power of art and music with Bring Down the Walls from artist Phil Collins and Huw Wahl's The Republics, inspired by poet and activist Stephen Watts. Mind the Gap - Democracy Ltd from Robert Schabus looks at the crisis of democracy and rise of populism around Europe, and Dieudo Hamadi's Cannes-selection Downstream to Kinshasa follows a group of war survivors on their journey down the Congo River to make their voices heard.

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Fanomenon on Leeds Film Player

Fanomenon is the destination for genre fans looking for the latest in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, thriller and cult films. This year’s highlights on Leeds Film Player include new British films from Marc Price with sci-fi epic Dune Drifter and Damien McCarthy with dark and disturbing psychological horror Caveat. The annual Fanomenon all-night horror marathon goes online with Night-in of the Dead, available on Leeds Film Player from Friday 13 November. Dark comedies from Europe are always big audience favourites at LIFF and this year we have the brilliant pitch-black The Columnist from the Netherlands, and our very popular annual Fanomenon short film programmes return with horror and sci-fi selections.

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Leeds Short Film Awards on Leeds Film Player

Short films have always been an integral and popular part of the LIFF experience and this year we are delighted to announce one of our largest selections yet, with over 160 shorts from new filmmaking talent in 51 countries - all of them available on Leeds Film Player. There are seven competitions including the Oscar-qualifying International Short Film Competition and World Animation Competition. We are also presenting several exciting guest and panorama short film programmes including the nominees for the prestigious Film Africa 2020 Baobab Award and Depth Perceptions, a selection of magnificently bold and oddly brilliant animations.

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Leeds Young Film Festival on Leeds Film Player

Following the postponement of Leeds Young Film Festival earlier this year, we’re delighted to bring you a selection of the best family films - all exclusively screening on the Leeds Film Player. The programme includes: the beautifully animated comedy-drama The Bear’s Famous Invasion of Sicily - a treat for children and adults alike; fascinating documentaries like 2040, an eco-doc that looks at how we can address the climate emergency in a positive way; and the multi-award winning drama Romy’s Salon about a young girl dealing with her grandmother’s dementia. The programme includes a wonderful selection of films for children of all ages - even grown up ones!

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