Welcome to a new website celebrating Leeds film culture and a new online home for Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Young Film Festival and Independent Directions.

The world’s first films were made in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today the city is a leading centre for film culture in the heart of Yorkshire, a major region in Europe for film production. Leeds offers one of the most extensive year-round programmes of film screenings, events and festivals in the UK, with over 90 venues and organisations involved in film exhibition and education. The city is a great home for creative talent and exciting young filmmakers are emerging every year, supported by a whole host of opportunities.

Over the next few months the website will expand to include more information about all film activities in Leeds, including guides to what’s on year-round and how to get involved. The website is also where full information and listings can be found for the three annual film festivals presented by Leeds City Council – LIFF in November, LYFF at Easter and the INDIs in early summer. You can keep up to date with all news about Leeds film culture by joining our newsletter and following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @leedsfilmcity.

The website is a project of the Leeds Film team at Leeds City Council, based at Leeds Town Hall. Leeds Film organises LIFF, LYFF and the INDIs, and runs Leeds Film Academy and year-round programmes for young people.