LIFF 2022 key dates, venues and programme sections


Leeds International Film Festival returns in November, and we can’t wait to share the programme with you! Here are the key dates for your diary:

  • 8 September: Passes on sale
  • 6 October: Full programme launches on
  • 12 October: Printed guide available and live programme preview event
  • 3 to 17 November: 36th Leeds International Film Festival


We are delighted to partner with Vue Cinemas on presenting LIFF 2022 across three large deluxe screens at Vue in The Light and to return to the luxury boutique setting of Everyman Leeds. Our other venues include the historic Howard Assembly Room and the city’s oldest cinema, Cottage Road. We are also presenting the entire LIFF 2022 short film programme on our streaming platform Leeds Film Player alongside a selection of feature films.

Unfortunately, Hyde Park Picture House isn’t reopening in time for LIFF 2022 but we can’t wait to be there next year.

Programme sections

In addition to our established programme sections – Official Selection for new narrative films, Cinema Versa for documentaries, Fanomenon for genre film, and Leeds Short Film Awards – we are delighted to present three additional sections just for LIFF 2022.

Films Femmes Afrique: Women Creators of the Future

LIFF 2022 is delighted to be collaborating with the Films Femmes Afrique Festival in Senegal to present a special programme of films by women from across Africa. Films Femmes Afrique held its 5th edition in March 2022 with the theme ‘Women Creators of the Future,’ and we continue this celebration with a selection of documentary and fiction titles that tell remarkable stories of African women. Many of the titles are debut features, highlighting the sheer talent of female filmmakers across the continent. The films include: Sudanese filmmaker Akuol de Mabior's deeply personal documentary No Simple Way Home; Afro-futurist musical Neptune Frost by Anisia Uzeyman and Saul Williams; and the first feature film made in Djibouti, Youth by Lula Ali Ismaïl.

Disability Futures

Disability Futures is a special season of films at LIFF 2022 exploring innovative representations of disability on screen. We celebrate films by disabled filmmakers who make creative use of film technology to share their perspectives, like Reid Davenport’s extraordinary debut I Didn’t See You There. We also focus on films involving the creative collaboration of disabled participants like Kathryn Arjomand in her son Noah’s deeply moving Eat Your Catfish. There will be more screenings of other new films and archive selections challenging stereotypical representations of disability and an exciting line up additional events including talks, panels and a VR experience.

Disability Futures is presented by LIFF 2022 and the University of Leeds, and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Disability Futures is also presented in partnership with injury and litigation specialist law firm Stewarts.

Out of Many

On 3 April 1962 Jamaica declared ‘Out of Many, One People’ as the nation’s motto, just four months before independence from Britain was ushered in on 6 August. Sixty years on it is more relevant for the whole world today than ever, one which has inspired the Jamaica Society Leeds’ Out of Many Festival. We are delighted to present the film programme for Out of Many Festival as part of LIFF 2022, with a special selection of Jamaican films including The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, 1972), Rockers (Theodoros Bafaloukos, 1978), and The Story of Lovers Rock (Menelik Shabazz, 2011).