In the spotlight today is the Academy Award and BAFTA-qualifying Leeds International Film Festival. One of the major national film events in the UK, presenting over 300 films from more than 60 countries every year, LIFF is an epic celebration of global film culture with a focus on supporting new talent. Launched in 1987, LIFF presents its 34th edition in 2020.
The world’s first moving images were shot in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today, Leeds is a celebrated centre for film production in the heart of the world-famous Yorkshire region. Home to Screen Yorkshire and national broadcaster Channel 4, Leeds features a thriving and influential film culture scene including landmark cinemas and leading festivals like LIFF.
Welcoming submissions into 11 categories, with 8 competitions and $7,500 in cash prizes, LIFF is presented across five extensive programme sections: Official Selection (narrative features and shorts); Cinema Versa (documentary features and shorts); Fanomenon (fantasy/genre features and shorts); Leeds Short Film Awards; and Retrospectives.
Leeds Short Film Awards is a selection of over 150 shorts from new filmmaking talent. Award categories include the Louis le Prince International Short Film and World Animation competitions (both Academy Award-qualifying), and dedicated selections of dance, queer, music video, British and Yorkshire shorts. All selected British shorts are BAFTA-qualifying.
The 34th Leeds International Film Festival runs from 4-19 November 2020 and you can find more details and updates
Quotes about Leeds International Film Festival
Francis Lee, Director of God’s Own Country & Ammonite: ‘Leeds International Film Festival has been key in the support and promotion of international filmmakers, including myself, throughout its history. The quality of films and commitment to film makers has been paramount to the success of the festival’.
Niclas Gillberg, Director of Uppsala International Short Film Festival: ?I had a great time on the jury at LIFF. The general standard of the films selected was exceptional and the screenings where well curated. The festival team was very organised and friendly and took great care of the guests at the festival. I would go back any day.?
The Independent: ‘Rep regulars, arthouse addicts and genre junkies are well-served alike at this free-range festival, which follows London in the calendar, but not in class.’