About LYFF

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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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 Central and Reel Kids 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 Young Animator of the Year Award 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 2017

Sneaky Experience in partnership with Leeds Young Film Festival present

A Dr. Seuss inspired adventure in rhyme at The Film House 2017

This Easter, children of all ages and their families are invited to ‘Whooo’s in the Hooose?!’ at The Film House, Leeds Town Hall for a surprising Springtime experience, inspired by the moving image, rhyme and works of Dr. Seuss.
Hosted by the ZING WITH THE SPRING, ticket holders will be guided through our promenade performance; meeting a host of fun characters and helping them tell their stories. The CHEEKY SNEAKIES will lead a rhyming workshop, there’ll be fun and games with DILLY and DAFFY the DAFT-O-DILS, a chance to dance with the EGG WITH THE LEGS and who knows what nonsense the UNICORN WITH A FLUGLEHORN will be getting up to!

An adventure in rhyme with Sneaky Experience in partnership with Leeds Young Film Festival. Whooo’s in the Hooose?! will feature a cast of unique characters, interactive theatre and rhyming tasks to entertain and educate children of all ages.

Tickets are selling fast! Click here for more information and to book tickets.

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. Join the newsletter mailing list to be kept up to date of the next Not For Rental screenings. For more information about MediaFish, click here

Animation Central at Carriageworks Theatre

A brand new addition to Leeds Young Film Festival for 2016, Animation Central at Carriageworks Theatre offered young people and their families everything they ever wanted to know about animation, with special guests from lots of favourite films and TV shows. There were workshops and masterclasses for children of all ages and abilities, from making an animated flickerbook through to creating digital 3D effects. Bob the Builder story artist David Bunting ran a special 24 hour animation film challenge and there were screenings of the best animated films throughout the Easter weekend. The technology zone allowed people to play with some of the latest gadgets, including how to build your very own Virtual Reality headset using Google Cardboard and Minecraft fans learned how to hack your way into the Minecraft world.

Following an incredibly successful first year, Animation Central will be back at Carriageworks Theatre at Easter 2017.

Reel Kids

Reel Kids is a new strand for the festival launched in 2016 that gives people the chance to see films that filmmakers made with children in mind. These stories from around the world, give you the chance to see how other young people live their lives and the things they get up to. Screenings at the Film Festival are often the only chance you’ll get to see them, although they’ve all won awards from other film festivals around the world, so if you missed them this year, make sure you see what we have to offer in 2017 – you won’t be disappointed!