03/11/20 19/11/20
2040

Concerned about the future for his 4 year-old daughter, filmmaker Damon Gameau created an eco doc that looks at how the future could be better if we…

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13/11/20 14/11/20
76 Days

An essential piece of history in the making and a landmark film for a strange and difficult year, 76 Days is fly on the wall reportage from the…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
And Tomorrow the Entire World

Julia Von Heinz’s immersive thriller follows 20-year-old Luisa, who leaves her wealthy parents to study law, but soon finds herself joining a…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer

A Cinema Prayer profiles one of the greatest directors of all time, Andrey Tarkovsky, the Russian mastermind behind Andrei Rublev and Stalker. Made in…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Anne at 13,000 ft

Featuring a magnetic central performance from Deragh Campbell, Anne at 13,000 ft is a mesmerising, fast paced indie drama tracking one young woman’s…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Arctic Camels

A documentary about Bor and Bestla, the only camels in the world that live in the Arctic Circle in the far north of Norway, and 9 year-old Torarin and…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Arracht

Tom Sullivan’s striking gaelic language debut captures the desperation of the 1840’s potato famine on the spectacular shores of Ireland’s west coast.…

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13/11/20 19/11/20
Asylum: Night-in of the Dead

With A Silent Voice, Naoko Yamada unveiled her unique talent for observing the intimate dramas of adolescence through the strokes of anime for the…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Balloon

Tibet’s leading director, Pema Tseden has made his best film yet with Balloon, a poignant tale of faith and modernity. Combining gentle comedy and…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily

In a remote cave, a travelling storyteller recounts a fascinating tale to his young assistant. Tonio, the Bear King's son, is kidnapped by hunters in…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Beauty Water

Adapted from a popular webcomic, Cho Kyung-hun’s animated body horror conveys the murderous lengths women will go to to be attractive. All her life,…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Black Milk

Writer and director Uisenma Borchu takes on the role of Wessi, a woman who returns to the steppes of Mongolia from Germany to reconnect with her…

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Black Sun: International Short Film Competition 3

Light and darkness combine in these taut and tense tales of pressure and success. An Iranian mother makes a catastrophic error under pressure in a…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Bring Down the Walls

Bring Down the Walls looks at the prison-industrial complex in America, the industry that profits from the expansion of prisons, and juxtaposes it…

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14/11/20 15/11/20
Captain Sabertooth and the Magic Diamond

Young boy Marco is fleeing from the terrible wizard Maga Kahn and his army of ape soldiers, as he’s stolen a magic diamond that can fulfil wishes at…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Cattle Hill

Klara is a young city calf with a big dream of becoming a musical star. One day she receives a letter from her father whom she has not heard from for…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Caveat

Isaac, a lonely drifter suffering from partial memory loss, accepts a strange job looking after Olga, a psychologically troubled young woman living in…

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20/11/20 30/11/20
Central Eastern European Animations

CEE Animation Talents highlights the most talented young animation filmmakers from Central and Eastern Europe. It presents the best films made by…

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13/11/20 19/11/20
Chop Chop: Night-in of the Dead

A murderous psychopath gets more than he bargained for when he targets a loving young couple, who may not be as innocent as they first appear. A night…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Club of Ugly Children

In a dystopian future, a dictator rounds up all the 'ugly' children to make the country a 'better' place. Using propaganda and alt-truth to convince…

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07/11/20 11/11/20
Collective

Collective is a gripping documentary revealing the uncompromising power of investigative journalism. A tragic fire at Bucharest’s Colectiv club leaves…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Columnist

Newspaper columnist and author Femke Boot is suffering from writers’ block and her mood isn’t improved by the torrent of abuse and death threats she…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Curveball - A True Story, Unfortunately

A sharply written and bitterly funny political satire from Germany based on an obscure true story that became one of the main catalysts for the Iraq…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Dear Comrades

Russian master Andrei Konchalovsky returns with his most compelling film in years. Dear Comrades is a stylish and clinical expose of Soviet oppression…

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13/11/20 19/11/20
Depth Perceptions: Experimental Animation Panorama

One of the enduring strengths of animation is the ability to express the inner worlds and obsessions of its filmmakers. This year, we’re taking a deep…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Detention

Set in Taiwan in 1962, during the White Terror martial law period, teenage student Fang and a classmate visit their high school after dark to try and…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Downstream to Kinshasa

Downstream to Kinshasa is a compelling documentary that follows a group of war survivors from Kisangani. Civilians maimed in the Six-Day War, a…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Dune Drifter

When a squadron of rookie pilots arrive in the midst of a space battle they find themselves heavily outnumbered and outgunned. When a trainee pilot…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Family Unties: International Short Film Competition 6

The tangling and twisting of family ties in and outside the household, the workplace and the mean city streets. This programme takes us on a winding…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Fanomenon Horror Shorts

This year’s selection of horror shorts has an overarching theme of family, friends and self. Three of the films are from homegrown UK talent including…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Fanomenon Sci-fi Shorts

From outer space to inner space and the rise of the robots, we present a selection of possible futures. Eject from the UK and It’s Okay from the USA…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Film Africa 2020 Baobab Award 1

We are delighted to host for the first time the Film Africa Baobab Award for Best Short Film, organised by the Royal African Society. Established in…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Film Africa 2020 Baobab Award 2

The second programme of five short films nominated for this year’s Film Africa Baobab Award includes Egyptian drama Henet Ward about Halima, a…

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13/11/20 19/11/20
Get the Hell Out: Night-in of the Dead

Newly appointed parliamentary candidate, You-wei Wang and his assistant, Ying-ying Hsiung are determined to stop the building of a chemical plant by a…

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Glimpses of Maturity: International Short Film Competition 1

Maturity is such a difficult concept, full of shifting perspectives and many questions. In this programme, we witness a grieving child querying the…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
High Ground

High Ground is a gripping colonialist revenge thriller set just after the First World War, spectacularly shot in the Australian outback. Ex-sniper…

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Honey Cigar

Kamir Aïnouz’s impassioned semi-autobiographical debut follows Selma, a headstrong French-Algerian teenager, trapped between countries and cultures.…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Kill it and Leave This Town

Mariusz Wilczynski’s astonishing debut feature is a deeply personal, hand drawn animation, over a decade in the making. The dreamlike images are…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Kubrick by Kubrick

An intimate portrait of one of the world’s most celebrated and studied directors, Stanley Kubrick. Drawing on previously unheard recorded interviews,…

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13/11/20 19/11/20
Leeds Music Video Competition

From their first golden era as a unique new medium that went global on MTV, through to major new releases that receive millions of views within just…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Leeds Queer Short Film Competition 1

Leeds Queer Film Festival is proud to be partnering again with LIFF to select short films focusing on LGBT+ stories. This first programme takes…

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03/11/20 13/11/20
Leeds Queer Short Film Competition: Programme 2

For the third year in a row, Leeds Queer Film Festival has had the honour of curating the Queer Short Film programmes for LIFF. This second programme…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Leeds Screendance Competition

From the surreal image of a merman on a rubbish tip in Kinshasa, to Covid wary, clingfilm-wrapped bodies in an abandoned carpark, this compelling…

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17/11/20 19/11/20
Leeds Short Film Awards 2020 - The Winners

A great chance to see the winners of this year’s Leeds Short Film Awards together in one  programme of short film wonders. The size and diversity of…

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The Longest Revolution: International Short Film Competition 4

A provocative programme of films which weaves through wildly differing forms of female experience. In Egypt, a henna artist finds herself at the…

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07/11/20 12/11/20
Love Affair(s)

Selected for this year's Cannes Film Festival, Love Affair(s) is a charming romantic comedy about the many practical and philosophical challenges of…

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A Lover's Discourse: International Short Film Competition 2

Miniature explorations of the many facets of love ranging from the potent dynamic between a Taiwanese woman and her stepson; the quiet intensity of…

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07/11/20 07/11/20
The Lunnis and the Great Fairy Tale Adventure

Fantasy is in danger. The evil Crudo has discovered a way to destroy the Magic Book that contains all the stories ever invented by Humanity, leaving…

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Madness and Civilisation: International Short Film Competition 5

Often, but not always, rambunctious in tone, these films traverse the abattoirs and bouzoukis of the Greek psyche; the curious entanglement of a…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Meanwhile on Earth

When we die, there are still some practicalities that need to be taken care of before our time among the living is finally over. Swedish director Carl…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Mind the Gap: Democracy Ltd

Austrian director Robert Schabus makes a timely and insightful investigation into the crisis of democracy around Europe and the seemingly unstoppable…

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13/11/20 16/11/20
The Mole Agent

The Mole Agent is a warm and funny docudrama and a spy story with a difference. When a client engages him to investigate suspected elder abuse in a…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Never Gonna Give You Up: British Short Film Competition 1

Our first BAFTA qualifying compilation of British Short films is an exploration of transformation, growth and change, as we follow a collection of…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Never Gonna Let You Down: British Short Film Competition 2

Our second BAFTA qualifying British Short Film Competition, is a depiction of endurance, survival and resilience, as our compilation of films shows…

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13/11/20 19/11/20
Night-in of the Dead

For the first time in twenty years, due to COVID-19, Night of the Dead isn’t happening 😭 But don’t despair! Thanks to the new Leeds Film Player, we…

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13/11/20 19/11/20
The Old Man Movie: Night-in of the Dead

Three city children are forced to spend the summer on their deranged grandfather’s farm in rural Estonia. When they accidentally free his prized cow,…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk

Set in 1961 in Kapuivik, an island in the Canadian arctic, One Day in the Life of Noah depicts a pivotal day in the life of an Inuit seal hunter.…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
One Of These Days

A searing tragicomic drama set in a sweltering southern town, where the annual ‘Hands on the Truck’ contest gives twenty contestants the chance to win…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Polish Animation Focus

The Krakow Film Foundation have lovingly curated a programme that showcases the very best Polish animations forged by exceptional female filmmakers…

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15/11/20 18/11/20
Quo Vadis, Aida?

Deftly balancing an intimate personal story and a large-scale dramatisation of a historical tragedy, Jasmila Zbanic has made one of the best films of…

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14/11/20 14/11/20
The Reckoning

England, 1665: the Great Plague is sweeping the land and fear and superstition is rife among the population. Grace, a recent widow, is falsely accused…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Republics

A true meeting of artists’ minds: drawn from poet and activist Stephen Watts’ book Republic Of Dogs / Republic Of Birds, Huw Wahl’s 16mm essay film…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Rocca Changes the World

Rocca is a unique 11 year-old girl with a gung-ho attitude to life. As her father is an astronaut on the International Space Station, she is sent to…

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20/11/20 30/11/20
Romanian Short Film Focus

A selection of 4 Romanian shorts, lovingly curated by the Transilvania International Film Festival. Havana, Cuba explores the concept of being alone…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Romy's Salon

Romy’s mother has to work a lot. That’s why Romy goes to her grandmother every day after school. If you think that sounds like fun, then you’re wrong,…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Sheep and Wolves: Pig Deal

The united village of sheep and wolves leads its steady and peaceful life until two unexpected guests suddenly arrive - a Polar fox and a small ewe.…

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15/11/20 17/11/20
Sisters with Transistors

Sisters With Transistors is a joyous celebration of pioneering women in electronic music, featuring the composers and musicians Daphne Oram, Pauline…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Skin

Araz lives at home with his mother, Marhamat, who is a witch. When he discovers that she has bewitched him to stay with her, rather than pursue the…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Snow White and the Magic of the Dwarfs

After her father’s death, Snow White is at the mercy of her self-loving stepmother. Locked in a tower by the evil queen, Snow White repeatedly escapes…

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05/11/20 19/11/20
Sun Children: LIFF 2020 Opening Film

Majid Majidi’s critically acclaimed, heartfelt heist film will have its UK premiere at LIFF, after screening in competition at Venice. A gang of…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Sune - Best Man

Sune is going to be his grandfather's Best Man but when he discovers that the wedding is on the same day as the class trip, he decides to try and do…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Trouble with Nature

The Trouble with Nature is a highly original period drama set in 1769. Arch conservative philosopher Edmund Burke has fled London, debt collectors and…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Twentieth Century

Wouldn’t it be great if you could rewrite history to make it more entertaining? That’s exactly what Matthew Rankin has done in his debut feature, as…

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03/11/20 09/11/20
Two of Us

A deeply moving story of the unshakeable love between two women. Having kept their relationship secret from family members, Nina and Madeline keep up…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
The Whaler Boy

The Whaler Boy is a hugely engaging comedy drama set in the bleak Russian tundra by the Bering Strait. Teenager Leksha works as a whale hunter in a…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Where Were We?: Documentary Shorts

In this year of disruption and isolation, we bring you accounts of unsettled identities, personal discovery and collective action. Colonial legacies…

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Wolfwalkers

The Oscar-nominated animation studio behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea returns with the tale of a magical, unlikely friendship between…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
World Animation Competition: Programme 1

We pick the most outstanding animated short films from a diverse selection, for our ever popular World Animation Award. In this programme, climate…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
World Animation Competition: Programme 2

Our World Animation Award programmes bring together animations of every kind, from festival award winners, to freshly minted graduation short films.…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
World Animation Competition: Programme 3

With 30 films from 20 different countries selected from hundreds of entries, we present the very best in contemporary short animated films. The last…

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03/11/20 19/11/20
Yorkshire Short Film Competition

Equally as enthralling as the county it represents, the Yorkshire Short Film Competition continues to go from strength to strength, encapsulating the…

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