Competition And 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 2015-2019 and helps to meet several of its priorities.

Entries are now closed for the 6th Golden Owl Awards, taking place in 2017. Thank you for sending all your amazing films!

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 and continues the festival’s tradition of supporting young creatives who are passionate about film. Part of Animation Central, Leeds Young Film Festival’s hub for exciting animation workshops and masterclasses, the Young Animator of the Year Award showcases and celebrates the incredible talent, imagination and drive young people pour into animated short films.

All kinds of animated short films produced by young individuals and groups of friends can be entered to the competition in one of two age categories: Up to 9 year-olds and 10-14 year-olds. Please download the entry form for more information. The winner in each age category will receive our prestigious Young Animator of the Year trophy and £100 towards their next film. The deadline to submit films is Monday 20 March 2017.

Entries are now open for Leeds Young Film Festival’s Young Animator of the Year Award. Download the entry form and submit your film by 20 March 2017.

LYFF Entries

LYFF screens over 100 feature and short films annually. 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.

Entries are now closed for Short and Feature Films for Leeds Young Film Festival. We will accept submissions for next year’s festival edition through FilmFreeway again later in 2017.