Although Leeds Young Film Festival 2020 has been postponed due to Coronavirus, we want to make sure that you still have the opportunity to watch and discover new films, along with some family favourites.

We know that you are not short of content but, with so much to choose from, it can sometimes be hard to find what you want without endless scrolling or resorting to watching Frozen for the 37th time!

To help you navigate the world of online streaming we will be suggesting ten films you can watch as a family each Friday, along with where to find them. Most of the films require either a Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+ account but we know most households have at least one of these (and all are offering a free trial before you have to subscribe). We will also ensure that we include some free-to-watch films as well which only requires you to have a TV Licence.

We know it can be a scary time at the moment but we think it is important to forget about your worries occasionally, so why not snuggle up on the sofa together and immerse yourself in a magical world for a couple of hours?

If you do decide to watch any of the films and want to write or film a short review, or draw a picture relating to the film, please send it to us at martin.grund@leeds.gov.uk. We'll select the best ones each week and post them on the website and will give a free family ticket to Leeds Young Film Festival (when it eventually happens) to anyone whose work is published.

If you missed last week's list you can still check it out here.

The Neverending Story (Netflix)

Dir. Wolfgang Petersen, 1984, Germany, 102 mins, Cert U

Based on a German book by Michael Ende, this stunning fantasy adventure was the most expensive film produced outside the USA at the time of its release in 1984. Another LYFF favourite, Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver was based on the author's very first book written in 1960.

Bastian, a lonely boy, discovers a magical book that tells of a young warrior who is given the task of stopping the Nothing, a dark force, from engulfing the mystical world of Fantasia.

Read more on IMDB here.

Hook (Netflix)

Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1991, USA, 142 mins, Cert U

 

There have been many adaptations of J.M. Barrie's famous novel Peter Pan, but Steven Spielberg's opulent version is interesting as it is a kind of sequel, portraying Peter as a workaholic grown up who has forgotten about his childhood. However, when Captain Hook, the enemy of his past, kidnaps his children, he returns to Neverland to save them.

Read more on IMDB here.

Holes (Disney+)

Dir. Andrew Davis, 2003, USA, 113 mins, Cert PG

When Stanley is wrongly convicted for stealing a pair of trainers, he is sent to a brutal desert detention camp where he is forced to dig holes under the watchful eye of the evil camp warden.

Produced by Disney, Holes has an A list cast, including a very early appearance from Shia LaBeouf in the starring role. Sigourney Weaver, who plays the wicked warden, wanted to be in the film as Holes was her daughter's favourite book.

Read more on IMDB here.

Moomins and the Comet Chase (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Maria Lindberg, 2010, Finland/UK/Poland, 75 mins, Age 3+

Tove Jansson's loveable characters have been delighting children (and adults) for 75 years and have a huge cult following around the world. Moomins and the Comet Chase was the opening film of LYFF2011 and is based on the second of the Moomin books.

When Moomintroll notices some strange changes to Moomin Valley he sets off to find the professor in the observatory who tells him that a comet will hit the earth in four days, four hours, four minutes and 44 seconds! Moomintroll must get home as fast as possible to warn everyone about the impending disaster.

Read more on IMDB here.

The Muppets (BBC2, 4pm, Sat 4 April)

Dir. James Bobin, 2011, USA, 104 mins, Cert U

The Muppets first appeared in 1955 and got their own TV series, The Muppet Show from 1976-81. The loveable puppets are still as popular as ever and The Muppets is their seventh movie.

Devoted Muppet fan Walter, his human brother Gary and Gary's girlfriend Mary help Kermit the Frog reunite the disbanded Muppets, as they must raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater from Tex Richman, a businessman who plans to demolish the studio to drill for oil.

Read more on IMDB here.

The House of Magic (Film4, 12:45pm, Sun 5 April)

Dirs. Jeremy Degruson, Ben Stassen & Mimi Maynard, 2013, Belgium/UK/France, 82 mins, Cert U

France and Belgium prove that they can create entertaining children's animated films as well as Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks in this fantasy adventure that fans of The Secret Life of Pets and Toy Story will adore.

Thunder, an abandoned kitten, finds shelter in the home of an old magician who makes toys and friends from household objects. When the magician's nephew plans to sell the house against his will, Thunder and the other gizmos join together to save the day.

Read more on IMDB here.

The Boxtrolls (Film4, 11am, Sat 4 April)

Dirs. Graham Annable & Anthony Stacchi, 2014, USA, 94 mins, Cert PG

Laika Studios have created some magical stop-motion children's films including Coraline, Paranorman and Kubo and the Two Strings. The Boxtrolls is less well known and yet is a thrilling adventure set in Victorian England about a town living in fear of underground creatures, who are actually kindly inventors.

Voices are provided by an A List cast including Dakota Fanning, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

Read more on IMDB here.

Paddington (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Paul King, 2014, UK/France/USA, 95 mins, Cert PG

Based on the beloved stories by Michael Bond, Paddington has been a firm festival favourite since it came out in 2014. Knowing the importance of getting the adaptation right, the filmmakers created a perfect family film that captured the essence of the original stories. The blend of live action and CGI is seamless and actor Ben Wishaw captures Paddington's mix of innocence and wonder perfectly.

Thanks to BAFTA Kids we were due to showcase the new TV series The Adventures of Paddington at LYFF2020 but you can still catch the episodes on NickJr.

Check out the new series here.

Read more on IMDB here.

Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods (Amazon Prime)

Dirs. Louis Clichy & Alexandre Astier, 2014, France/Belgium, 86 mins, Cert PG

Loveable cartoon characters Asterix and Obelix first appeared as a comic strip in a French-Belgian magazine in 1959. Their adventures have been delighting children (and adults) for over 60 years with 38 different books translated into over 100 languages.

Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods is one of the most popular films and sees our titular heroes take on Emperor Nero as he tries to absorb the Gauls into Roman civilisation by building a city of luxury apartments in the forest next to their village. The English language version has a remarkable cast including Jack Whitehall, Nick Frost, Greg Davies, Catherine Tate, Harry Enfield and Jim Broadbent.

Creator Albert Uderzo sadly died last week so we're recommending the film as a tribute to his wonderful life and achievement.

Read more on IMDB here.

The Breadwinner (Netflix)

Dir. Nora Twomey, 2017, Ireland / Canada / Luxembourg / USA / UK / Philippines / India, 91 mins, Cert 12

The Breadwinner was the closing film of LYFF 2018 and we were lucky enough to welcome director Nora Twomey to the festival to talk about the making of the film. Based on a best-selling novel, the film was executively produced by Angelina Jolie, who works actively on many projects for the United Nations that support girls like Parvana, the film’s protagonist, in real life.

“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions,” Jolie said in a press release. “This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution. I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.”

The Breadwinner is the story of Parvana, a young girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, who must disguise herself as a boy and become the breadwinner of the family when her father is unfairly imprisoned. The Breadwinner celebrates the culture, history, and beauty of Afghanistan and is a brilliant way to help children (and adults) understand the conflict in the Middle East.

Nora Twomey also co-directed two more of LYFF's recommended films, The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, both of which are worth tracking down and watching.

Read more on IMDB here.