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.

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 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.

My Neighbour Totoro (Netflix)

Dir. Hayao Mayazaki, 1988, Japan, 86 mins, Cert U

My Neighbour Totoro

Probably the best known Hayao Mayazaki film, My Neighbour Totoro brought Studio Ghibli to the attention of the Western world and, quite rightly, earned them the moniker of Japan's Disney.

The film itself is not just a wonderful fantasy adventure that revolves around the magical imagination of children but also a fantastic window into a different culture and a story about family, friendship and solidarity in the face of adversity.

If you enjoy My Neighbour Totoro, make sure you check out all the other Studio Ghibli films on Netflix.

Read more on IMDB here.

The BFG (BBC iPlayer until Mon 30 March)

Dir. Brian Cosgrove, 1989, UK / Canada / USA, 91 mins, Cert U

The BFG (1989)

A rare chance to see the original animated film version of Roald Dahl's wonderful BFG. Directed by Brian Cosgrove of Cosgrove Hall productions, who also created such favourites at Danger Mouse and Count Duckula, this version perfectly captures the wonderful elements of the story and remains very true to the book.

David Jason is the voice of the BFG, who befriends orphan Sophie and takes her to Giant Country where they fall foul of the ugly giants and have to enlist the help of Her Majesty, the Queen of England!

Read more on IMDB here.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (Disney+)

Dir. Joe Johnston, 1989, USA, 91 mins, Cert U

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Screened at LYFF 2014 for its 25th anniversary, this sci-fi screwball action adventure starring Rick Moranis as a crackpot inventor is still great fun.

The film was co-written by Stuart Gordon who sadly died this week. Better known for low budget horror films like Re-Animator, Gordon was due to direct the film as well. Unfortunately, due to health problems, he had to pass the job to unknown first-time director Joe Johnston. Johnston went on to direct Jumanji, Jurassic Park III and Captain America: The First Avenger while Gordon, sadly, never got his big break into the mainstream.

Read more on IMDB here.

The Tigger Movie (Disney+)

Dir. Jun Falkenstein, 2000, USA, 77 mins, Cert U

The Tigger Movie

Due to screen in the postponed LYFF 2020 for its 20th anniversary, The Tigger Movie is fun for all the family with wonderful, familiar characters and original, funny songs. It's a charming, innocent film that is the perfect antidote to all the concerns and worries in the world at the moment.

David Bunting, story artist and co-creator of the Animation Central programme in Leeds Young Film Festival, worked on the animation on The Tigger Movie. You can find out more about David and his work here.

Read more on IMDB here.

Whale Rider (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Niki Caro, 2002, New Zealand / Germany, 101 mins, Cert PG

Whale Rider

Another festival favourite, Niki Caro's beautiful and moving film about a young Maori girl rebelling against the traditions of her culture in order to save her tribe is a timeless classic.

Actor Keisha Castle-Hughes, who played the young Paikea was a local girl selected from hundreds of hopefuls to play the lead. She has since gone on to appearing in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Game of Thrones.

Read more on IMDB here.

Brave (BBC1, Sat 28 March, 5:15pm)

Dirs. Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman & Steve Purcell, 2012, UK / USA, 90 mins, Cert PG


Long before Frozen, Disney Pixar sent up the stereotypical princess movie with Brave, while deftly celebrating Scotland's rich Celtic lore and mysticism.

Set in a rugged and mythical time, this movie features Princess Merida, an aspiring archer and impetuous daughter of Queen Elinor. Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Read more on IMDB here.

Ernest & Celestine (Amazon Prime)

Dirs. Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner, 2012, France / Belgium / Luxembourg, 77 mins, Cert U

Ernest and Celestine

Ernest, a poor street bear musician, befriends Celstine, a trainee dentist mouse even though they come from different worlds. Their clandestine friendship gets them exiled from their communities and they find themselves on the run from the authorities. Together they must stand up for what they believe is right in the face of bigotry and intolerance.

Originally screening in Leeds International Film Festival and due to screen in the postponed LYFF2020, the film has become a firm favourite at both festivals due to its beautiful watercolour-like animation and charming story.

Read more on IMDB here.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (ITV, Fri 27 March, 7:30pm and Sun 29 March, 3:50pm)

Dir. J.J.Abrams, 2015, USA, 138 mins, Cert 12

Star Wars Episode 7 The Force Awakens

With the latest Star Wars trilogy coming to an end in The Rise of Skywalker, here's a chance to catch J.J.Abrams' sequel/reboot of one of the most popular film series of all time.

Join new characters Rey and Finn alongside old favourites Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie as they join forces to once again battle the Empire led by Kylo Ren.

Read more on IMDB here.

Zip & Zap and the Captain's Island (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Oskar Santos, 2016, Spain, 105 mins, Recommended PG (8+)

Zip and Zap and the Captain's Island

Based on a series of children's book, Zip and Zap are still fairly unknown outside of Spain, except for the occasional screening in film festivals.If you missed it in LYFF 2016, here is another chance to see this fast-paced action-adventure mystery.

When brothers Zip & Zap take their mischief too far and accidentally burn down the family Christmas tree and all their presents, they are foced to go on a boat trip with their parents to a mysterious island. During a storm their parents go missing and the boys find shelter at a mansion, where children enjoy a paradise without rules. Soon though they discover things are not as they appear and they must find the secret to the island and rescue their parents before it's too late!

Read more on IMDB here.

The Incredible Adventures of the Giant Pear (Amazon Prime)

Dirs. Amalie Næsby Fick, Jørgen Lerdam & Philip Einstein Lipski, 2017, Denmark, 79 mins, Cert U

The Giant Pear

Friends Mitcho and Sebastian embark on an epic adventure in a giant floating pear to rescue the town mayor from a mysterious island. Along the way they encounter pirates, magnificent sea monsters and a long lost adventurer.

The Giant Pear was an audience favourite in LYFF 2017 and is a fun adventure for all the family. If you like Disney and Pixar films you'll love The Giant Pear.

Read more on IMDB here.