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Cine-Takeover presents Mad Max: Fury Road, Unfriended and Whiplash!

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A group of Leeds’ young film lovers are taking over the city’s cinemas and giving you the opportunity to experience the true magic of seeing films you might have missed on the big screen. But these are no ordinary screenings, as each one comes with inspiring activities added to enhance the magic of group film…

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Volunteer at Leeds Young Film Festival 2016

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Want to volunteer at Leeds Young Film Festival 2016? We’re now open for applications! Get in touch now, and you could be a part of one of the largest events of its kind in the North, with live cinema, animation and the best new and classic films for young people from around the world! Click here for…

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17th Leeds Young Film Festival Entries

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Submissions for the 17th Leeds Young Film Festival are now open We are excited to announce that Leeds Young Film Festival is now open for submissions for all our competitions and programmes. We support young and old, emerging or established, national and international filmmakers and host competitions both for short films BY young people, and for short and feature…

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INDIs

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Deadline for entries – Friday 5 February 2016 Formerly the National Young Filmmakers’ Award, the INDIs is a national film award championing and celebrating the talent of the UK’s young independent filmmakers aged under 25. Now in its fifth year, we are once again looking for entries from young filmmakers. Whether you are a first time filmmaker…

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LYFF

Leeds Young Film Festival is the UK’s most interactive young people’s film event with annual audiences of over 10,000 children, young people and families. It encompasses The Film House, Leeds Animation Festival and Not For Rental and screens films from around the world made both for and by young people, alongside moving-image related workshops and masterclasses. Other features include the Independent Directions Young Filmmaking Awards (The INDIs), the UK’s only young filmmaking award celebrating purely independent work and Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards, showcasing the talent of young filmmakers from across the city, in partnership with ArtForms and Vista.

The Film House 2016

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The Film House returns to Leeds Town Hall at Easter with a brand new show for all the family. In partnership with Sneaky Experience the hall will be transformed into  Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with lots of scrumdiddlyumptious experiences to enjoy before, during and after the film. Book your Golden Tickets to join us on a magical adventure where you will be led on a journey through the factory, meeting the Oompah Loompas and Charlie himself. In the various rooms you’ll get to decode secret messages, locate special ingredients and help fix the ‘Big Sweetner’ machine which has broken down. Use your special props pack (provided as part of your ticket) during the film to make the adventure come alive.

Friday 25 – Tuesday 29 March 2016. Performances at 10am – 1pm and 2:30pm – 5:30pm each day, including a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, cert. U) starring Gene Wilder. Family tickets are in limited supply for some screenings. Please call Box Office (0113 376 0318) to enquire. 

Tickets start at £5

The Shawshank Redemption
Leeds International Film Festival and Sneaky Experience present an interactive screening of Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption in Leeds Town Hall. After the children have gone for the day and the Chocolate Factory has been switched off for the night, Leeds Town Hall will be transformed into the ‘Ohio State Reformatory’ for a special Shawshank Redemption experience. Come and join the other inmates as you get a taste of prison life and spend time in the company of Andy, Red and the prison guards in the cells before being led upstairs to the main hall for a screening of the classic film. Sure you may make friends, you may lose yourself in a game of chess, or perhaps in a film…..I guess it comes down to two things. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Friday 25 – Saturday 26 March 2016. Performances at 6.30pm – 10:30pm each day, including a screening of The Shawshank Redemption (1995, cert.15) starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

Tickets start at £15

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Not For Rental @ Hyde Park Picture House

Not For Rental is a specially curated programme of films, aimed at young adult audiences aged 15 plus. Curated by MediaFish, the film club organised by Leeds Young Film, the films are screened in partnership with Hyde Park Picture House.

Not For Rental is an opportunity to see British, independent, classic and cult films on the big screen, as well as a chance to see recent films that you may have missed first time around. Previous films have included Her, Boyhood, Nightcrawler, The Babadook as well as The Breakfast Club, Peeping Tom, Brazil and many more. The next Not For Rental programme will screen as part of Leeds Young Film Festival at Easter 2016.

For more information about MediaFish, click here

Animation Central at Carriageworks

A brand new addition to Leeds Young Film Festival for 2016, Animation Central at Carriageworks will offer you the chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about animation, with special guests from all your favourite films and TV shows. There will be workshops and masterclasses for children of all ages and abilities, whether you are making your first animated flickerbook or are an experienced Claymation animator. Bob the Builder story artist David Bunting will be running a special 24 hour animation film challenge and there will be screenings of many of your favourite animated films throughout the Easter weekend. Visit the technology zone where you will be able to play with some of the latest gadgets, including how to build your very own Virtual Reality headset using Google Cardboard or join the millions of Minecraft fans and learn how to hack your way into the Minecraft world. With lots more guests and activities to be announced Animation Central is guaranteed to be great.

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Competitions & Entries

Golden Owls

The Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards are an exciting filmmaking competition for young people aged 19 * and under. The Golden Owl Awards celebrates the best of young people’s filmmaking across the city and offers an opportunity for you to see your work on a big screen in front of an audience of friends, parents, carers, teachers, filmmaking professionals and other young film enthusiasts.

The competition is supported by Leeds City Council through the Leeds Young Film Network, ArtForms and Leeds Young Film Festival in partnership with Vista. It reflects the Council’s vision for Leeds as a Child Friendly City described in the Children and Young People’s Plan 2011-2015.
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INDIs

Deadline for entries – Friday 5 February 2016

Formerly the National Young Filmmakers’ Award, the INDIs is a national film award championing and celebrating the talent of the UK’s young independent filmmakers aged under 25.

Now in its fifth year, we are once again looking for entries from young filmmakers. Whether you are a first time filmmaker or have been making movies for years, we want your film!

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LYFF Entries

We are excited to announce that Leeds Young Film Festival is now open for submissions for all our competitions and programmes. We support young and old, emerging or established, national and international filmmakers and host competitions both for short films BY young people, and for short and feature films FOR young people.

Young independent filmmakers have the chance to win £500 worth of cash prizes.

Earlybird Deadline is Friday 30th October 2015
Regular Deadline is Friday 18th December 2015
Late Deadline is Friday 29th January 2016

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The Film House at Easter

You love the world of film? So do we! That’s why Leeds Young Film presents Live Cinema Experiences in the stunning surroundings of Leeds Town Hall in partnership with Sneaky Experience.

The Film House 2016: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)

The Film House returns to Leeds Town Hall at Easter with a brand new show for all the family. In partnership with Sneaky Experience the hall will be transformed into  Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with lots of scrumdiddlyumptious experiences to enjoy before, during and after the film. Book your Golden Tickets to join us on a magical adventure where you will be led on a journey through the factory, meeting the Oompah Loompas and Charlie himself. In the various rooms you’ll get to decode secret messages, locate special ingredients and help fix the ‘Big Sweetner’ machine which has broken down. Use your special props pack (provided as part of your ticket) during the film to make the adventure come alive.

Friday 25 – Mon 28 March 2016 are now sold out. Don’t be disappointed though! Due to high demand, we have added two extra performances on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 10am – 1pm and 2:30pm – 5:30pm, including a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971, cert. U) starring Gene Wilder.

Tickets start at £5 and can be purchased online below or from City Centre Box Office 0113 376 0318

  • Tuesday 29th March
  • Willy Wonka
  • 10am Leeds Town Hall
  • £9 Kids
  • £6 Adult
  • £5 Concession
  • £23 Family (4 people)
  • Buy Tickets
  • Tuesday 29th March
  • Willy Wonka
  • 2.30pm Leeds Town Hall
  • £9 Kids
  • £6 Adult
  • £5 Concession
  • £23 Family (4 people)
  • Buy Tickets

Family tickets are in limited supply for some screenings. Please call Box Office (0113 376 0318) to enquire. 

The Film House 2016: The Shawshank Redemption

Leeds International Film Festival and Sneaky Experience present an interactive screening of Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption in Leeds Town Hall. After the children have gone for the day and the Chocolate Factory has been switched off for the night, Leeds Town Hall will be transformed into the ‘Ohio State Reformatory’ for a special Shawshank Redemption experience. Come and join the other inmates as you get a taste of prison life and spend time in the company of Andy, Red and the prison guards in the cells before being led upstairs to the main hall for a screening of the classic film. Sure you may make friends, you may lose yourself in a game of chess, or perhaps in a film…..I guess it comes down to two things. Get busy living or get busy dying.

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March 2016. Performances at 6.30pm10:30pm each day, including a screening of The Shawshank Redemption (1995, cert.15) starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

Tickets start at £15

  • Friday 25th March
  • Shawshank
  • 6.30pm Leeds Town Hall
  • £17 Standard
  • £15 Concession
  • Buy Tickets
  • Saturday 26th March
  • Shawshank
  • 6.30pm Leeds Town Hall
  • £17 Standard
  • £15 Concession
  • Buy Tickets

 

The Film House 2016: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory for Grown Up Kids

Sneaky Experience, in partnership with Leeds Town Hall, are excited to present the weird and gloriously wonderful Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastic tale. In true Sneaky style, you’ll be be provided with so much more than the movie, with lots of scrumdiddlyumptious experiences on the way. Expect rooms full of sensory experiences, an imaginarium mind-reading machine and meet the Oompas and Charlie himself. Prop-Packs will be provided to each guest to use throughout the film. Don’t forget to bring your imagination, as ‘tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you!ʼ…but be warned, this evening show will delve into the darker side of this weird and wonderful film – it is not a performance for children!

Sunday 27 March 2016. Performance at 6.30pm – 9:30pm, including a screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) starring Gene Wilder.

Tickets start at £15. Cert. 18.

  • Sunday 27th March
  • Over 18s only: Willy Wonka for Grown Ups
  • 6.30pm Leeds Town Hall
  • £15 Standard
  • £13 Concession
  • Buy Tickets

Education

Leeds Young Film is passionate about the benefits of using film, both making and watching, within school and is currently working with Into Film on a range of CPD offers for both primary and secondary schools.

 

Improving Literacy Through Film CPD

Working alongside Beta FilmWorks and an independent education consultant, LYFF has launched a year-long programme for primary school teachers to improve literacy at KS1-6 using film in the classroom.

This year-long programme is aimed at Literacy and Computing subject leaders and all practitioners with an interest in using film more effectively in the classroom. The programme guarantees improvement in:

  • Attainment;
  • Speaking and listening, reading and writing;
  • Attendance & behaviour;
  • Teachers’ planning and delivery (resulting in higher Ofsted judgements for those involved);

The course will include relevant film and literacy research, the impact of film education on literacy learning, activities to support filmmaking, how to measure and document progress and planning for next steps. It runs from the Autumn Term 2015 to the end of the Summer Term 2016 comprising:

  • Three face to face training days – introducing strategies and practical activities to improve literacy using film and filmmaking, collaborative planning, sharing outstanding practice;
  • An interim school visit from a course leader;
  • celebration event at a local cinema for the schools involved in the programme;
  • Ongoing access to online resources with the opportunity to share planning and ideas.

Please email Debbie.maturi@leeds.gov.uk for more information or visit www.betafilmworks.org.

“This program has been brilliant. It has given another focus to the teaching of English and has invigorated the pupils in both reading and writing. Our reading assessments, in particular, have shown accelerated progress. We will continue to use the program’s strategies in school and cascade it to other staff as an example of good practice.”

Gillian Young, Headteacher, Rosebank Primary School, Leeds

We are also running FREE introductory sessions around using film to support literacy attainment. If you are interested, please email debbie.maturi@leeds.gov.uk.

Leeds Film Academy

Delivered as a partnership between Leeds Young Film and Beta Filmworks, the BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film a reality. The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire a broad appreciation of film culture. Participants get to work alongside professional directors, writers, producers and actors from TV programmes & films such as Emmerdale, Downton Abbey, 4 Lions, We Are Poets and Game of Thrones. The programme is accredited by the NCFE and participants can obtain the Level 2 Award ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’.

The 2015 cohort is currently underway and the participants are putting the finishing touches to their films. Over the last four years nearly 70 young people have completed the course and many Film Academy alumni have gone on to attend courses at the NFTS (National Film and Television School), ITV Reach and NCS (National Citizen Service). One graduate has since made his first feature film which premiered during Leeds International Film Festival, while another won the AXA award for most talented newcomer, receiving £40,000 worth of equipment and mentoring.

If you are interested in applying for the 2016/17 BFI Film Academy programme you can find out more about the programme here

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Leeds Young Film, part of Leeds City Council’s City Development Department, creates and sustains opportunities for young people and their families to develop their creativity and education through exploration of the moving image and interactive arts, from greater access to international film culture to experience of filmmaking, career development and showcasing.

These opportunities are delivered through programmes which work alongside and with young people, both in and outside of settings such as formal education. Activities include: MediaFish, Not For Rental, BFI Film Academy, Cinema Takeover, various filmmaker competitions, Leeds Young Film Festival and year-round film screenings.

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