LYFF 2017 – Winners Announced!

18th Leeds Young Film Festival has been the festival’s most successful year EVER – thanks to all of you!

We welcomed record breaking audiences to venues across the city, with over 150 films and events taking place over 11 days with Reel Kids at Hyde Park Picture House, The Film House at Leeds Town Hall, Animation Central at The Carriageworks Theatre, VR Zone at Leeds City Museum and much more!

We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s festival competitions…

Young Animator of the Year Award

Age 9 and Under category – Emma Kitson for ‘What If’

Ages 10-14 Category – Charlie Walton for ‘Lost Ball’

Each young animator wins £100 courtesy of Northern Film School!

LYFF 2017 Young Jury Film Winners

Golden Wings Jury Feature Film Award Winner – Zip and Zap and the Captain’s Island

Golden Wings Jury Feature Film Award Runner UpAt Eye Level

Golden Wings Jury Short Film Award – Swimming in the Desert

Animated Short Film Award – Our Wonderful Nature, the Common Chameleon

Audience FavouriteZip and Zap and the Captain’s Island

Don’t forget you can find out all of the latest festival news on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter too. We’d love to hear from you about your experiences at the festival. Please send your emails and photographs to


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The #LYFF2017 Guide for…Under 5’s

Cinema trips can be expensive and difficult for your little ones: you’ve got to pay a fortune for the tickets, sweets, getting there, and THEN they are bored after 10 minutes (that, or need the toilet no matter how many times you checked they were OK during the adverts…)

Not at Leeds Young Film Festival. Reasons we’re a great way to spend your Easter with your mini films fan:

1. Our tickets are amazing value

Forget paying £7 for your three year old: our family tickets for up to four of you before 5pm are just £10! Under 18s are £3, and grown ups are a fiver. You won’t find new films at the cinema for cheaper in Leeds.


2. We pick films that made specific to your family’s age range

We have an awesome selection of brand new films made specifically for under 5s from all over the world. All our start times are 10.30am so not TOO early for you, and not too late for them. Here’s what we’ve picked specially for the tiniest of film fans:

Sheep and Wolves (Monday 10th April, 10.30am)

A flock of sheep have to learn to live next to a pack of wolves in this beautiful animation from Russia (don’r worry, it’s all in English – no reading of subtitles needed!). The very first film of #LYFF2017!



Super Furry Animals (Tue 11th April, 10.30am)

Noooo not the band off of the 90s! Super cute cartoon with adorable critters crash landing in the jungle





Raven the Little Rascal (Wed 12 April, 10.30am)

Mischief-making Raven needs to win  a car race to replace the food supply he just accidentally destroyed. Naughty Raven! Every kid in Germany knows the books this new animation is based on (don’t worry, again it’s all in English).



Molly Monster (Thu 13 April, 10.30am)

You’d think the animation of this one is straight from a Dr Seuss book. Just gorgeous! Molly Monster journeys to be at the birth of her baby brother.





Our start times are the FILM start times. No messing around, no being sold to by toy companies or car manufacturers; cinema is just cinema.

4. There’s extra fun and games to keep the young uns entertained

Ever been to a baby rave? Boomchikkaboom will be bringing their unique and fun workshops for under 5s to the cinema, including half-time treats for two extra special events, where we totally don’t mind if it’s noisy, or your little people would like to  toddle around. Book here to bring your little Belles and Gastons to Beauty and the Beast (the original!) and here for TV on the big screen with Revolting Rhymes.


5. You can drop in and play (for free!) at Animation Central

From Friday 14-Monday 17 (Easter Weekend in case you forgot!) we’ve got completely FREE drop in sessions at Animation Central at Carriageworks Theatre designed for 3-5 year olds. Perfect to occupy little brothers and sisters if your older kids are on one of our workshops, too. We’ve got a LEGO Play Zone where they can build to their heart’s content, and you can also work together as a family to create your very soundtrack for Tiny Pop and Channel 5’s Toby’s Travelling Circus . No need to book, we’re open at the Carriageworks Theatre 10am-5pm each day of Easter weekend.


Let us know what you’re bringing the kids do on Twitter and Instagram – @leedsyoungilm, #LYFF2017

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Cartoon fun live on stage this Easter with The Animation Show

Do your kids love LEGO, Postman Pat, Clangers, Bob the Builder, or Noddy? Want a bargain live family show this Easter all about something they love: cartoons?!

Go behind the scenes of your kids’ favourite animated shows this Easter with the people behind the magic LIVE on stage. David Bunting (Shaun the Sheep, Chuggington) will host each show where you can watch cartoons together this Easter and get involved with the action. Each show features:

  • Animation trivia quiz with brill prizes up for grabs
  • Help make an animation live on the big screen
  • Join in with a cartoon singalong
  • See surprise special guests…!

We caught up with David Bunting about what to expect…

It’s going to be a high energy, bouncy, spirited and excitable mix of short films, trivia, and behind the scenes movie making for all the family! We are going to celebrate the art of animation, from family favourites to great independent movie making from around the world. Every day, we are going to welcome a guest from the world of animation to discover what they do and how they got into it!

On Saturday we welcome Art Director Tori Davis all the way from Lego HQ in Denmark. She’s an incredible artist who designing some of LEGO’s coolest upcoming television series. She’s been helping to lead the top secret, future girls shows… and Batman! We also have Paul Couvella, who’s a stop motion animator. He’s currently animating on Scream Street, and has worked on Noddy, Oakie Doke, Bob the Builder, Toby’s Travelling Circus and Twirlywoos, to name a few!

On Easter Sunday we have another great stop motion animator, John Ashton, responsible for bringing to life family favourites including Postman Pat, Clangers, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion. going to be bringing a famous guest with him.

And on Easter Monday we have the envy of children everywhere, Tony Mines, who gets paid to animate his favourite films in LEGO! His films are so good, he’s helped make Lego animation, or Brick film-making, into an art form. As well as showing us his work, he’s also going to premiere the LEGO film he’s been making during the festival with children.

We’ve got a great quiz with some very special prizes up for grabs. We are also going to be making film during the show, and will be looking for volunteers to help!

Parents will love it too. We have something for everyone and after a day doing workshops, this is a really great way to come together as a family and share a love of animation. We’ve got some classic animated nostalgia for the adults, comparing the shows we grew up with today’s shows and little animated gems you may never have seen before.”

The whole family can be there for just £10 with a Family Ticket! Which day should you choose?

Saturday 15th April
For fans of: LEGO, LEGO Friends, Noddy, Oakie Doke, Bob the Builder, Toby’s Travelling Circus, Postman Pat, Twirlywoos
With Tori Davis (LEGO) and Paul Couvela (Noddy, Toby’s Traveling Circus)

Sunday 16th April
For fans of: Postman Pat, Clangers, Raa Raa the Noisy Lion
With animator John Ashton

Monday 17th April
For fans of: LEGO, Marvel, Star Wars
With brick animator Tony Mines, who works with Marvel and LucasFilm to create Lego brick animations based on Marvel and Star Wars films. Best job ever?!


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We’re super excited to announce the programme for the 2017 Leeds Young Film Festival! Tickets are on sale now with even more films and events to be announced over the coming weeks. Browse our programme here, and keep your eyes out for even more films and events over the coming weeks.

The Zones: click the logos to find out what’s on where, or read on for highlights….

Animation Central at Carriageworks Theatre

VR Zone at Leeds City Museum







The Film House at Leeds Town Hall

Reel Kids at Hyde Park Picture House







ANIMATION CENTRAL – Carriageworks Theatre, 14-17 April


After a sell-out event in 2016, Animation Central will once again host world-leading animators, delivering workshops and shows across Easter Weekend for children aged 4-12. LEGO art director Tori Davis will visit from LEGO headquarters in Denmark to talk about her work, and will work with children to turn themselves into a LEGO mini figure by learning to draw the LEGO way. Further workshops include 3D animation, Postman Pat Animator John AshtonMinecraft themed workshops, and stop motion animation creating fun for all ages, all Easter long. View all workshops here.

Tori Davis, LEGO Art Director

Tori Davis will also be a special guest at the daily Animation Show: an interactive family event where families can watch cartoons together, test their animation trivia knowledge, and go behind the scenes to discover the secrets of some of their favourite programmes. The audience will help animators including Tori, Paul Couvella (Scream Street, Pingu) and John Ashton (Postman Pat, Clangers) make an animated movie live on stage.

LYFF2017 also welcomes BAFTA Kids for two very special preview events with Cartoon Network and Disney Junior. Animation Central will be one of the first places to see Disney Junior’s brand new series Mickey and the Roadster Racers, and Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball before they screen on TV later this year. Kids will get the chance to win Cartoon Network and Disney Junior goody bags, and a special prize is on offer for adults too.

Animation Central will also host the free AniMotion Exhibition, a colourful and interactive hands-on exhibition. featuring the legendary Aardman Animations, a giant Day of the Dead skull with glowing rotating eyes….


THE FILM HOUSE – Easter Eggstravaganza with Sneaky Experience, Leeds Town Hall. 15-17 April

The Town Hall is transformed each year by the magical Sneaky Experience into the must-attend family Easter event. This year, Dr Seuss is our inspiration, and children of all ages and their families are invited to ‘Whooo’s in the Hooose?!’ for a surprising Springtime experience featuring a cast of unique characters, interactive theatre and rhyming adventures.Come join us this spring for a wonderful thing. Full of laughter and rhyming and songs you can sing…

Our Dr. Seuss-inspired Easter Eggstravaganza ‘Whooo’s in the Hooose?!’ pops up at Leeds Town Hall this Spring – The place to be for an unforgettable theatrical, family adventure.


Explore Easter, as never before! Join our:

– Theatrical egg trail
– Rhyming Workshops
– Interactive Storytelling
– Seuss-inspired Sing-a-Long
– Character-led Parade
– Audience Film Shoot

As part of your adventure you can even see yourself transformed into a Seuss inspired character in your very own film with our magic green screen!

Experience Easter with Sneaky Experience & Leeds Young Film Festival – fun for all ages. Book now –


REEL KIDS – Hyde Park Picture House, 10-20 April


Screen time can be SHARED time this Easter. Ditch the tablets and TV, the re-runs and the overpriced multiplex, and watch films with the whole family on the big screen for pocket-money prices. Choose from  big hits from Disney (Moana, The Jungle Book) and TV favourites on the big screen (The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom) with extra special activities for under 5s provided by ‘baby rave’ legends Boomchikkaboom, and this year’s Oscar-nominated animations. Plus there’s brand new films for children you

The Gruffalo

can’t see anywhere else: as Leeds is bidding to be the European Capital of Culture, support the bid by watching our European films for kids –  from France (the Oscar-nominated My Life as a Courgette), Germany (Fortune Favours the Brave), Spain (Zip & Zap and the Captains Island) and Denmark (Antboy III).


We’re also showing the biggest cinema hits from 2016 for absolute bargain prices, including The BFG, The Jungle Book, and Pete’s Dragon, alongside special anniversary screenings of cult classic The Princess Bride and the Disney classic The Rescuers, with children’s tickets just £3 and family passes for £10.

Some films you will know and love, some you’ll never have heard of, but at the irresistable price of £3 per ticket you can take a chance on something new or enjoy classic with the whole family this Easter, all at the lovely Hyde Park Picture House.


VR ZONE, Leeds City Museum, 14-17 April


New for 2017, the UK’s first exhibit of virtual reality curated especially for families. Completely free to attend, the experience includes:

The Dome

The Dome: An immersive 360 degree experience allowing viewers to experience cinema in a whole new way, planetarium-style with jaw dropping content from NASA and Audiosonic Vision, created by the American Museum of Natural History, re-edited by JellyFish Moon and scored by The Constellation Collective.

BBC Home – A VR Spacewalk’: An epic 15-minute immersive virtual reality experience: produced by REWIND in collaboration with the BBC Science, BBC Learning and BBC Digital Storytelling teams.

Google Expeditions: A virtual reality experience that joins viewers in immersive virtual trips all over the world. Get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space.

Google Tilt Brush

Tilt Brush: A 3D painting experience from Google where the room is your canvas, and your palette is your imagination. Users can paint life-size three-dimensional brush strokes, stars, light, and even fire.

Google Cardboard: A chance for visitors to use their own phone with one of LYFF’s Google Cardboards to experience some of the incredible content that’s currently available.

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The Film House 2017 with Sneaky Experience now on sale

Sneaky Experience in partnership with Leeds Young Film Festival present


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

Friday 14 – Monday 17 April, Leeds Town Hall

Come join us this spring for a wonderful thing. Full of laughter and rhyming and songs you can sing…

Our Dr. Seuss-inspired Easter Eggstravaganza ‘Whooo’s in the Hooose?!’ pops up at Leeds Town Hall this Spring – The place to be for an unforgettable theatrical, family adventure.


Explore Easter, as never before! Join our:

– Theatrical egg trail
– Rhyming Workshops
– Interactive Storytelling
– Seuss-inspired Sing-a-Long
– Character-led Parade
– Audience Film Shoot

As part of your adventure you can even see yourself transformed into a Seuss inspired character in your very own film with our magic green screen!

Experience Easter with Sneaky Experience & Leeds Young Film Festival – fun for all ages.

Ticket prices:

Child £9.50
Adult £7.50
Adult Conc. £6.50
Family Pass £30.00 (4 people, max 2 adults)
The experience will last for 70 minutes and ticket price includes all activities.


Or call/visit City Centre Box Office at Leeds Town Hall: 0113 376 0318

Suitable for 5+ however younger children are welcome. Entry is free for children aged 2 and under

Ticket prices

Child*                    £9.50 (Ages 3-18)
Adult                     £7.50 (Aged 19 and over)
Adult Conc.          £6.50 (Aged 19 and over)
Family Pass         £30.00 (4 people, max 2 adults)




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Leeds Young Animator of the Year Award

LYFF’s Young Animator of the Year Award is a new competition for young animators up to the age of 14 from the UK. A new addition to Leeds Young Film’s line-up of competitions, which also includes the Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards, the Young Animator of the Year Award continues our tradition of supporting young creatives throughout the UK who are passionate about film.

Part of Animation Central, Leeds Young Film Festival’s hub for exciting animation workshops and masterclasses for young people and their families, the Young Animator of the Year Award showcases and celebrates the incredible talent, imagination and drive young people pour into animated short films.

Any young person living in the UK who has made a short animated film since January 2016 can enter. We welcome submissions from individuals or groups of friends. Films can be up to ten minutes in length, and can be of any genre or animation style such as 2D drawn animation, 3D stop-motion or digital computer animation.

The winner in each age category will receive our prestigious Young Animator of the Year trophy and £100 towards their next film, and all shortlisted filmmakers will receive a certificate of nomination. Click here for more information and to enter your film now. The deadline for entries is Monday 20 March.

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Submit your film to the 18th Leeds Young Film Festival!

Leeds Young Film Festival takes place every Easter and welcomes young people and their families to the largest film event of its kind in the north of England.

Now in its 18th year, the festival features a programme of the best new and unseen cinema for young people from around the world, made both for and by young people, as well as classic screenings, moving-image related workshops and masterclasses. For the festival’s film programme, we are looking for submissions of short and feature films for young audiences.

Feature Films for Children and Young People are an important part of the festival’s programme. They are eligible for our prestigious Jury Award, and the winner is picked by a jury of young people. Films have to be family friendly and suitable for young people up to the age of twelve and their families. To qualify, films may be live action or animation, fiction or documentaries but they must be at least 60
minutes long.

Animated Short Films run for our Audience Short Film Award, while Live Action Short Films will be judged by our Young Jury. Short Films for Children and Young People must be suitable for all ages and no longer than 15 minutes.

Submissions can be made through FilmFreeway, the Regular Deadline for submissions is 16 December 2016.

Young filmmakers from Leeds can submit their short films to Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards 2017 until 3 February 2017.

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Get your film ready for Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards 2017

Leeds Young Filmmakers’ Golden Owl Awards 2017 is an exciting filmmaking competition for young people aged 19* and under, taking place in partnership with Leeds Young Film Festival 2017 (LYFF). On Thursday 30 March 2017, Leeds Town Hall will be host to an Oscars-style awards extravaganza, celebrating the filmmaking talents of young people across the city. Now is the time to get making your film!

No filmmaker is too young to enter and we want to see films by young people of all abilities – you don’t need to be Steven Spielberg or Sofia Coppola! Any type of film or genre can be entered, including comedy, horror, drama, animation or documentary. It doesn’t need to have taken forever to make, and we’d love to see what young people have been able to create on a shoestring budget – or none at all! Visit YouTube to see some of the winning videos from the last Golden Owl Awards.

There are awards to be had in eight different categories, for individuals, community groups, schools and colleges. The 6th annual Golden Owl Award gives young people an opportunity to have their work celebrated and rewarded in front of an audience of friends, parents, carers, teachers, filmmaking professionals and other young film enthusiasts. This year’s MediaFish Perspective Award with MindMate looks to mental health and emotional wellbeing and will celebrate the theme of resilience. Young filmmakers who make films outside of school or college can also enter their film into the national INDIs (Independent Directions) Award at LYFF.

Click here for more information, and to submit your film. The deadline for submission is 4pm, Fri 3 Feb 2017.

(*25 for vulnerable adults or people with physical impairments)

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BFI Film Academy Leeds 2016 open to Yorkshire’s young film talent

Are you 16-19 and passionate about film? Want a career in the industry? If so, the BFI Film Academy Leeds is for you. Delivered by Leeds Young Film, Beta Filmworks and Access Moving Image, the course is a fantastic opportunity for young people from West Yorkshire to develop the knowledge and skills to make a career in film a reality. The programme is open to anyone not studying at university.

The course aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting committed young people to develop the commercial, cultural knowledge and skills to work in the industry. The BFI Film Academy offers training for every role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of all aspects of film culture.

The accredited course runs from October to December 2016 including a week-long filmmaking project in October half-term and includes a premiere screening at Hyde Park Picture House. Participants will get to work alongside professional directors, writers, producers and actors from films such Wedding Belles, Four Lions and We Are Poets and hear from others involved in TV shows such as Humans, Outlander, Game of Thrones and Emmerdale. The most committed participants will be recommended to attend the residential BFI Talent Campus at the National Film & Television School at Easter 2017, offering an opportunity to work with top filmmakers such as Edgar Wright (director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, etc) to further develop their skills and progress their career.

To apply go to where you can also find more information about the course. Alternatively email for more information. Applications open Monday 4 July 2016 and the Deadline to apply is 5pm, Friday 30 September 2016.

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The Film House on the Square: Summer Screenings

Leeds International Film Festival have teamed up with Leeds City Council Events and Sneaky Experience to present a brand new and exciting outdoor cinema experience this summer, set in a specially created, fully seated auditorium in Millennium Square. The Film House on the Square will feature a varied programme of blockbuster films for all ages on the themes of musicals, heroes and sci-fi from Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 July, including both matinee and evening performances.

Tickets for all film screenings and interactive experiences go on sale on Wednesday 25 May and will be available to purchase online, or in person / by telephone from City Centre Box Office in The Carriageworks on Millennium Square (0113 376 0318).

Wednesday 27 July

Grease (PG)
Grease is the word! Calling all T-Birds and Pink Ladies – grab your leather jackets and party dresses, dust off your dancing shoes and get on down to Millennium Square for an open air screening of the fabulous high-school musical, Grease. Singalong with Danny and Sandy, grab an American style burger and ‘shake, get your photo taken in the photobooth and ride the fairground attractions as we transport you back to 1950’s Rydell High for an evening of amazing film-related fun.

Gates: 6.30pm. Starts: 7.30pm, ends: 10.30pm
£10 Adult / £8 Conc (LEEDSCard, over 60’s, students, and 17 & under)
£7 BreezeCard

Thursday 28 July

Avengers Assemble (12A)
So you wanna be a Superhero? Put on your mask, tie on your cape to reveal your own superpower and come meet your favourite characters, before watching the amazing Avengers Assemble on the big outdoor screen on Millennium Square. Join Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye as they team up to save the planet from destruction in the first Avengers movie. Come dressed as your favourite superhero and you could win a prize for the best costume.

Gates: 1.00pm. Starts: 2:00pm, ends 5.00pm
£6 Adult / £5 Children (12 & under) & Conc
£5 LEEDSCard / £4 BreezeCard

Skyfall (12)
The name’s Bond. James Bond. Get dressed up to enjoy a night out in the company of the nation’s favourite spy – sip on a cocktail, try your luck in our mobile casino or get your photo taken in an iconic Aston Martin. In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is pushed to the limit when the mysterious Silva (Javier Bardem) threatens to destroy MI6 and everything that he holds dear. A combination of nostalgia and modern technology makes this the most exciting Bond film in years and the big screen on Millennium Square is the perfect place to experience it.

Gates: 6.30pm. Starts: 7.30pm, ends 10.00pm
£10 Adult / £8 Conc (LEEDSCard, over 60’s, students and 17 & under)
£7 BreezeCard

Friday 29 July

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (12A)
May the Force be with you. JJ Abrams’ latest Star Wars film is part sequel, part reboot and a rip-roaring, breath-taking experience. Come dressed as your favourite character and get your photo taken with our Stormtroopers and other iconic characters, then sit back and immerse yourself in an amazing outdoor screening of the epic film as Rey and Finn battle the First Order and Kylo Ren as they attempt to get the droid BB-8 to the Resistance. Both screenings will feature dancing Storm Troopers Boogie Storm, Sentinel Squad and a Space Hopper race track.

Gates: 1.00pm. Starts 2.00pm, ends 5.00pm
£6 Adult / £5 Children (12 & under) & Conc
£5 LEEDSCard / £4 BreezeCard

Gates: 6.30pm. Starts: 7.30pm, ends 10.00pm
£10 Adult / £8 Concessions (LEEDSCard, over 60’s, students, and 17 & under)
£7 BreezeCard 

The Pop Up Photo Booth will be there for all screenings.

Sneaky Experience Interactive Experiences

To fit in with the themes for Thursday and Friday, Sneaky experience will also be offering special interactive experiences aimed at younger children in the mornings.

Thursday 28 July

Mini-Superheroes, interactive superhero experience
KAPOW! Sneaky Experience are donning masks and capes and swooping into Millennium Square to hold a Mini Superhero morning on Thursday, 28th July. Grab your cape, put your underpants over your trousers and fly into Millennium Square to join forces with Spiderman, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and so many more characters.

Enrol in our Superhero Training School and learn how to defeat the evil baddies. There will be various interactive stage performances with all your favourite Superhero characters. Also on offer, a Superhero-themed children’s activity zone with face painting, mask making, a Superhero photo-booth and general Superhero fun. If you’ve ever wanted to say hello to The Hulk or meet the original caped crusader keep your eyes peeled! Audience members young and old are encouraged to join in with the fun as fancy dress is encouraged.

Starts: 10.00am, ends 12.00pm
Sold Out

Friday 29 July

Space Kids – interactive space themed experience
Strap on your space suits, Sneaky Experience are taking you on an interplanetary adventure! Expect specially trained astronauts will be delivering ‘jump for the moon and astronaut agility challenge’. Join in the interactive, space-themed theatrical shows and singalong with our Musical Martians.

Travel to Planet ‘Frozen’ and blast off with Buzz or perhaps you’d like to zap a few aliens in our ‘Live Space Invaders’ Game, play ‘Whack-a-Clanger’ or work your way around the space hopper obstacle course! Also on offer, a children’s space activity zone with face painting, a space themed photo-booth and general cosmic fun. We need lots of stars to help take us to new galaxies, so join us between 10-12 on Friday, 29th July in Millennium Square. Audience members young and old are encouraged to join in with the fun as fancy dress is encouraged. Recommended age: up to 6 years.

Starts: 10.00am, ends 12.00pm
Recommended Age: Up to 6 years
Adults £5 / 12 & Under £6.50


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Animations created at Leeds Young Film Festival 2016

We are very excited to make available the animations created by you in workshops at Animation Central at Leeds Young Film Festival 2016. During the festival, over 150 animations were made by young people, and you can find them through the links below. To see photos of Animation Central, The INDIs (Independent Directions) Awards and Leeds Young Filmmaker Golden Owl Awards, please visit our Facebook page.

ASIFA Animation Challenge & Composing Workshop

Cartoon Cooking Workshop

Clangers Animation Workshop

Digital Effects for Films Workshop with Blender (Download films made as part of the workshop here)

Flipbook Animation Workshop

Lego Animation Workshop

Minecraft Workshop (Videos coming soon)

Stop Motion Animation Workshop

Animation Central is supported using public funding by Arts Council England


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Golden Owls, The INDIs & Young Jury Award Winners at LYFF16

Young Jury Award for Best Film at LYFF16

We are very excited to announce the full list of LYFF16 Award Winners. These include the winners for Best Film, as selected by The Young Jury, two juries of young film experts of ages 7-11 and 12+.

Award Winners

The award winners for new films screened at LYFF16 include those chosen by our Younger Jury (7-11) and Older Jury (12-15):

Younger Jury Award: Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Older Jury Award: Landfill Harmonic

Short Film: The Blue & the Beyond

The Younger Jury said of Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang: ‘1,000,000 stars out of 5. We chose this film because it is very well thought-out and really funny. Even though it is in a different language, we felt like we were being part of the plot. It has amazing acting in it and we were constantly on the edge of the seat because of the great adventures.’

The Older Jury said of Landfill Harmonic: ‘Watching this film was really inspiring because we saw what people can do with so little resources. It makes you think. The characters were all likeable and they made you think you should try harder. It is a very relatable documentary.’

The Younger Jury said of The Blue & the Beyond: ‘This short film is set out really cleverly. It works without speech but we didn’t really realise that it had no dialogue. It gave us the opportunity to add our own speech instead.’

Leeds Young Filmmaker Golden Owls Awards 2016

golden owls logo

The fifth annual Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards was held at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday 31 March. It was presented by ArtForms, Leeds Young Film Festival 2016, Child Friendly Leeds, Leeds City Council and Vista, and hosted by Gary Damer and Hannah Margaret. The winners were:

Westroyd Primary, in the Schools Key Stage 1 category for ‘Patch in Need’

Shakespeare Primary, in the Schools Key Stage 2 category for ‘My Friend Ella’

The Cooperative Academy, in the Schools Key Stage 3&4 category for ‘The New Boy’

BFI Film Academy Leeds, in the Schools Key Stage 5 category for ‘The Big Question’

Charlie Walton, in the Individuals Under 11 category for ‘Electric Palace’
Special Mention: Charlie Mason for technical excellence in ‘The Mayhem Machine’

Oliver Judd, in the Individuals 12-15 category for ‘The Way We Were’

Niamh Kirby, in the Individuals 16-19 category for ‘Emily’
Special Mention: Eden and Mia Ottman for maturity and emotional intelligence in ‘Alone’

First Shot Film Academy, in the Community Groups category for ‘Fairy Troubles’

Westroyd Primary, in the MediaFish Perspective Award with Child Friendly Leeds for ‘Patch in Need’

The INDIs (Independent Directions) 2016

Young Filmmakers’ Day hosted the fifth INDIs (Independent Directions) Awards, showcasing some remarkable films by talented young filmmakers in its four age categories. The ceremony took place at Hyde Park Picture House on Tuesday 29 March, with the support of The Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund and the IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematography). The winners in the four different age categories were:

Under 11
Electric Palace by Charlie Walton

12 – 15
Locating Love by Frankie Jamieson

16 – 19
Nomination by Sam Jones

20 – 25
Gracie by Matthew Morgan

IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematography) Overall Winner (£250 Prize)
Locating Love by Frankie Jamieson

MMBF Rising Star Award (£250):
Joe Hurn, lead actor in Locating Love

Short Film Audience Award:
Tom Babbitt Animated Short of Natalie Babbitt’s The Something

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It’s Children’s Cinema Day!

Brand new for 2016, Children’s Cinema Day is a chance for you to join other children, young people and families across the region in a shared viewing experience.

From 1pm on Sunday 27 March, join in and take part in Children’s Cinema Day by watching something you’ve never seen before – a short film, feature film or a documentary – just as long as it’s something you’re watching for the first time.

You can find some ideas of what to see and where to see it on our website or have a look below for some additional inspiration…

– from the cinema to online on your tablet.

If you’re under 18, you should check with your parent or guardian that it’s something appropriate. Once you’ve watched it, why not try taking a selfie and tweeting or Instagramming us a picture of you watching it (you may need some help with this), telling us what you are watching and giving us a 3 word review to @leedsyoungfilm with the hashtag #cinemaday. You’ll be featured on our website and you’ll also be in with a chance of winning a prize for the best picture and the best review.

At the cinema
All our LYFF films! Plus…
Zootropolis – various cinemas and times
Kung Fu Panda 3 – various cinemas and times
Goosebumps – Vue Leeds the Light, 10.30am, Odeon Leeds Bradford 11.20am

On TV – Sunday 27 March
Thomas and Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure – 8.55am, Channel 5
Spy Kids – 8.15am, Sky 1
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader – 1:00pm, Film 4
Watership Down – 2.25pm. Channel 5
Hop – Channel 4, 4.25pm

BFI Player – free 30 day trial!
Song of the Sea
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Chicken Run
Back to the Future Parts 1, 2 and 3
Short Circuit
Flight of the Navigator
Batteries Not Included
+ many more including early animations of Lotte Reiniger, making the tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Thumbelina come alive.

Cinema Paradiso (PG)
The Rocket (12)
Spellbound (U)
#chicagogirl – the social network takes on a dictator (PG)
I Am Big Bird (12)
Whip It! (12)
Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (12)
Super 8 (12)
Romeo + Juliet (12)
War Horse (12)
Hotel Transylvania (U)
Charlotte’s Web (U)
Return to Oz  (PG)
Condorman (U)
Moomins on the Riviera (U)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (U)

Amazon Prime
Room on the Broom
The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo’s Child
The House of Magic
Shaun the Sheep the Movie
National Treasure
The Chronicles of Narnia – Prince Caspian
The Muppets
Bridge to Terabithia
Return to Oz

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24 Hour Animation Challenge + Music Composing Workshops at LYFF16

Calling all art and music students! We are giving you the opportunity to be part of a global filmmaking collaboration with ASIFA, which spans 3 continents and includes films showing at festivals worldwide. Participants aged 11-15 are invited to join our two workshops with industry professionals.

4 day workshop, with David Bunting
Animation Workshops Fri 25 – Mon 28 Mar, 10am – 4pm

As part of the UK team, you will work with Bob the Builder ™ story artist, David Bunting, learning drawn animation and filmmaking skills. The course also includes entry into select talks and screenings. If you love drawing and animation, this is for you! Animation experience is not required. Participants can book for single days or the whole course.

2 day workshop, with Dave Dunn-Birch
Sat 26 & Mon 28 Mar,  10am – 4pm each day
Participants need to be able to attend both days

Do you have a passion for music performance or technology? We’re looking for talented 11-15 year olds interested in composition to be part of a two-day workshop to create a soundtrack for an animated film for international festival exposure.

Calling 8 accomplished musicians playing any instrument and 2 young people with an interest in music technology to engineer and then mix the film score. You must have a passion for music performance or experience using pro audio applications and hardware. You’ll work with musician and composer Dave Dunn-Birch, learning composition and performing techniques.

How to apply

To apply, email with your name and age. Musicians are asked to send a link to a piece of music you have performed and any proof of music grades or performance experience.

Sound mixers are to send a link to a piece of music composition you have written on either Logic, Cubase or Sibelius. Alternatively you may send your application to ASIFA, Leeds Young Film, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD. Applications must be received by Monday 21st March. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 23rd March.

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Join the Giant Festival Jury!

Love watching films? Always wondered how to become a film reviewer? Leeds Young Film Festival is looking for young people aged 8-15 who would like to pick the Festival’s winning films while learning more about reviewing films, film festivals and the industry. Sound interesting? Come and join our Young Jury!

As a Young Jury Member, you’ll get to watch lots of brand new films for FREE! We’ll provide training on how to review films and all jury members get a jury T-shirt, goodie-bag and a free pass for all the films at Hyde Park Picture House during the festival.

If you are interested and would like to watch and discuss films from around the world between Saturday 26 – Wednesday 30 March, email with your name and age by Friday 18 March to find out more.

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Leeds Film City – events for young people

There are venues across Leeds and the surrounding area that show films and fun film-related activities for young people year-round. Those listed below have activities on this Easter:

Chapel FM
Chapel FILM is five-day mini-festival of films for all the family at Chapel FM. Everything from Inside Out to the Rocky Horror Picture Show – 5-10 April.

Special screening (UK premiere) of Most Likely To Succeed with discussion on education in Leeds after the screening – Sat 2 April, 3pm.

Oblong Cinema
Screening A Total Thug Up (Recommended Cert 15) – “A very Yorkshire example of a fine British genre” – Thu 7 April, 7pm.

Otley Courthouse
Screening of The Muppets: Most Wanted with a craft activity where you get to make your own muppet – Fri 15 April, 10am.

Screening of Wild Tales, Cert 15 – Mon 5 April, 8pm.

The Tetley
Easter Art Workshops, free family-friendly drop in art workshops. From Wed 16 March – Wed 13 April.

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Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 – Full Line-up Revealed!


The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 (LYFF16) programme has been revealed, offering you an Easter full of films, workshops and activities for all the family! Click here to see everything that’s happening between 24-31 March 2016, all at exceptional prices.

We are very excited to launch the first ever Animation Central at Carriageworks Theatre over Easter weekend (25-28 March), supported using public funding by Arts Council England. We’re bringing you four days of animation, workshops, masterclasses and film fun from artists behind Clangers, Bob the Builder™, Peppa Pig, and Mr Bean.

The Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds’ beloved Edwardian cinema, will again be host to a week of the best new and classic film for young people, with films from 60 different countries, and for all ages.

You’ll be astonished to see what we’ve got coming to Leeds Town Hall too, as we bring Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens and a special preview of Disney’s Zootropolis to its magnificent big screen!

Leeds Young Film Festival is brought to you with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Click here to download a PDF of the free festival guide.

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Disney’s Zootropolis opens Leeds Young Film Festival 2016

We’ll be opening Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 in style, with a special preview of Disney’s spectacular new animation ZOOTROPOLIS! It will be your first chance to see this magical new adventures, with the voices of Idris Elba, Kristen Bell and J.K. Simmons, on the giant screen at Leeds Town Hall. Click here to see a trailer. 

ZOOTROPOLIS is sure to be a monster hit. Rookie cop bunny Judy Hopps has just 48 hours to solve a seemingly impossible case before being booted off the force. Teaming up with wily fox Nick Wilde, this unlikely duo set off to find the criminal that has been unleashing wild animals on an unsuspecting population. Packed full of sly hints and references that both kids and adults will enjoy, ZOOTROPOLIS truly has something for everyone.

Thursday 24 March, 6.00pm
Tickets £5 for Under 18s / £8 full / £7 concessions
Click here for tickets.

The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 (24-31 March) programme will be revealed on Monday – and will include the best new films for young people from around the world. Visit

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

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 watching – at great value prices! Click here to see the trailer. 

Whiplash + drum-off
Saturday 13 February, 2.15pm, Hyde Park Picture House

The multi Oscar and BAFTA award winning, high-intensity drama stars Miles Teller (Fantastic 4) as the drum student pushed to the limit to realise his greatness by his band leader. There will be a live Drum Off before the screening, where local drummers (aged 15+) will be invited to play a 90 second drum fill, with audience deciding the winner. Entry is free for drummers. If you would like to participate, please email

£5 full / £4 concession. Click here for tickets

Unfriended + Tweet-Along
Thursday 18 February, 6.30pm, Headrow House

The critically acclaimed horror film is seen entirely through the protagonist’s desktop screen, and gained cult status when released on Video on Demand platforms in 2015. The audience will be encourage to keep their phones out during the film in order to tweet responses and react to the film in real time.

£5 full / £4 concession. Click here for tickets

Mad Max: Fury Road + Warboys photo booth
Thursday 25 February, 5.30pm, Vue in The Light

Five days before the film world will hear if the dystopian action-thriller can claim any one of the 10 Oscars it has been nominated for, we bring it back to Vue in The Light. There will be a dress up photo booth and make-up artists offering ‘war boy’ and ‘road warrior’ makeovers, with a free professional souvenir picture being taken for all attendees.

£5 full / £4 concession. Click here for tickets.


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Volunteer at Leeds Young Film Festival 2016

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 more information and to apply by Sunday 6 March by 5.00pm.

Leeds Young Film Festival will present The Film House and Animation Central over Easter weekend 2016 (Friday 25th March till Tuesday 29th March). Animation Central at Carriageworks Theatre will be home to four days of animation and digital storytelling, with films, masterclasses and workshops. As a volunteer, you will be assisting the smooth delivery, set-up and take down of these events.


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Willy Wonka at The Film House – Extra Screenings

The Film House returns to Leeds Town Hall this Easter bank holiday weekend (25-28 March) as part of Leeds Young Film Festival 2016. We are thrilled to announce two extra screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a live cinema spectacular, with the original Willy Wonka film from 1971. Tickets for all 8 screenings sold out very quickly, and so there will be two extra screenings on Tuesday 29 March at 10.00am and 2.30pm. Click here to book your Golden Ticket now – they’re available from just £5.

Presented in partnership with Sneaky Experience, Leeds Town Hall will be transformed into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with lots of scrumdiddlyumptious experiences to enjoy before, during and after the film.  You will be lead on a journey through the factory, meeting the Oompah Loompas and Charlie himself. You’ll get to decode secret messages, locate special ingredients and help fix the ‘Big Sweetener’ machine, which has broken down.

A special prop pack will be provided as part of your ticket to make the adventure come alive! Click here to buy tickets. or call Box Office on (0113 376 0318). 

Certificate U, suitable for ages 3+

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