Independent Directions (the INDIs) is a brand new film festival taking place 14-16 July across venues in Leeds. The festival will include specialist screenings of films, including independent British and International cinema, industry sessions, panel discussions and other installations entirely curated for an audience of 16-30 year olds.

From a panel talk with professionals across the industry on how to get your foot in the door or advance your career, to UK premieres and previews of the best upcoming films such as provocative Australian LGBT* film Pulse, and Brakes, an improv bittersweet comedy starring Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. The prestigious INDIs Awards takes centre-stage on Saturday 15July at Headrow House, which champions up and coming filmmakers who are in with a chance of winning up to £750 worth of prizes. Have a look at the full programme below:

Friday 14 July

Workshop: Studio12 Drop-In Studio 12 – 13:00-16:00 – Free

Studio12 will be opening its doors as part of the INDIs to make you aware of this great media resource in the city. Tour of the filming, music and Sound recording facilities and get a chance to take part in a film which will be recorded on the day. Studio12 is a digital media project for people aged 16–30. It provides free access to a production studio, training, accredited qualifications and an Industry Panel of creative professionals. Run by Leeds Central Library, the space houses a fully equipped studio with a wide range of multimedia, video, photography, music equipment and software packages.

Conversation: Into Film Q&A with VFX Director, Ed Hall Leeds City Museum – 14:30-16:00 – Free

Ed has led on the VFX (visual effects) for various acclaimed films including Skyfall, Edge of Tomorrow and The Imaginarium of Doctor  Parnassus, bringing the impossible to life with computer generated imagery and chroma keying technology. Use this opportunity to find out more about the booming UK VFX industry, the qualifications and skills required as well as hear interesting stories from the films Ed has worked on. Delivered in partnership with Into Film.

Networking: Meet + Greet The Reliance – 16:00-late – Free

Meet the festival team and other delegates attending the festival. The Reliance, a cafe/bar which also runs its own screenings, is the perfect space to grab a bite to eat and host an informal meeting.

Film: The Beguiled (cert. 15) Hyde Park Picture House – 17:30 + 20:00 –  £7.50 /£6 conc. / £5 (16-19)

Sofia Coppola’s seductive adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel, A Painted Devil, unfolds at an all-girls boarding school in rural Virginia during the American Civil War. When the headmistress (Kidman) agrees to shelter a wounded Union soldier (Farrell), his sudden presence stirs up sexual tensions in the remote mansion. As each of the women falls for his charms, their tight-knit sisterhood buckles under the weight of deceit and jealousy.

Film: Spaceship (cert. 15) Headrow House – 20:00 – £5 / £3

A girl fakes her own alien abduction and disappears, leaving her father to search for her in a strange teenage world of unicorns and black holes. Emotional and audacious, the story is told from multiple points of view in an intriguing ride through a constellation of characters who are pulled together by teenage gravity, surrounded by adults who also feel the same irresistible pull as they orbit their own elusive identities, all looking for a universe to call their own.

Film: Raw (cert. 18) – Hyde Park Picture House – 22:30 – £6.50 / £5 conc.

Julia Ducournau’s remarkable debut feature is a coming-of-age horror that takes a gruesome cannibalistic turn. In Justine’s family everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. Now 16, she leaves home to join her older sister at veterinary college. Almost straight away, she is led into an initiation ritual and forced to eat raw meat for the very first time. Unexpectedly gruesome (and sometimes even darkly comic) consequences arise as Justine develops an insatiable lust for flesh…

Party: Frat Fridays (w/Mystique) – Queens Court – 23:00-03:00 – Free entry before midnight

Fridays in The Loft above Queens Court Present “Frat Fridays”. Join your DJ & Hostess the Plastic fantastic Mystique with drinks from just £2 each and FREE entry before Midnight.



Saturday 15 July

Film: Random Acts Programme (cert. 15) Headrow House – 11:00-12:30 – Free

Random Acts is Channel 4’s short film strand dedicated to the arts, founded in 2011 to escape the conventions of arts broadcasting and to expand its possibilities. The full list of short films screening at the INDIs will be announced shortly.

Panel: A Career in the Film Industry Headrow House – 13:30-15:00 – Free

Join this panel discussion with diverse industry professionals as they advise the options to further your career in film. With guests Annabelle Pangbourne (Northern Film School), Professor Duncan Wheeler (University of Leeds), Jamie Hutchison (Studio 12), Bex Wolfendale (Into Film), Hugo Heppell (Screen Yorkshire), Alice Ramsey (Creative England), and Craig Lawson (Access Moving Image) chaired by Martin Grund (Leeds Film).

Whatever your background, or where you’re at in your film career, whether you’re just starting out, at university or working on sets, this panel talk will present some ideas on where to go next, the progression routes available to you, as well as meeting contacts in the industry and the opportunity to network.

Film Preview: Queerama (cert. 15) Hyde Park Picture House – 16:20 – £6.50 / £5

Queerama is a film created from the treasure trove of BFI archive. The story traverses a century of gay experiences, encompassing persecution and prosecution, injustice, love and desire, identity, secrets, forbidden encounters, sexual liberation and pride. The soundtrack weaves the lyrics and music of John Grant, Goldfrapp and Hercules & Love Affair with the images and guides us intimately into the relationships, desires, fears and expressions of gay men and women in the 20th century- a century of incredible change.

INDIs Awards Headrow House – 16:00-19:00 – Free

Be a part of the prestigious INDIs Young Filmmaker Awards at the INDIs Film Festival, showcasing the best of young, British, independent filmmaking. Split into two age categories of 16-19 and 20-25, we will present a diverse programme of short films in the Official Selection in a night of talent, networking and true indie film.

Networking: Post-Awards Headrow House – 19:00-late – Free

Stick around after the INDIs Awards to network with fellow filmmakers and artists, Headrow House has a garden roof terrace, as well as an indoor bar and a beer hall.

Film Preview: Brakes (cert. 15 TBC) Headrow House – 20:00 – £6.50 / £5

Shot on a tiny budget over a period of four years, improvised comedy Brakes explores the theme of falling in and out of love through the partings and meetings of nine London couples. Reuniting Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, this bitter-sweet comedy is one not to miss.

Sunday 16 July

Workshop: Screenwriting The Reliance – 13:30-16:00 – Free

This masterclass by BAFTA-Nominated screenwriter Dean Cavanagh and award-winning film producer Craig Lawson (Access Moving Image) will explore the journey into screenwriting as a career, with advice, clips and opportunity to learn from professionals in the industry.

Film UK Premiere: Pulse (cert. 15 TBC) Hyde Park Picture House – 16:20 – £5 / £3

Olly is a gay, disabled teenager – in love with his straight best friend, Luke. When a new medical advancement allows full-body transplants, Olly must question who he is and risk sacrificing everything to catch Luke’s eye. With its understated sci-fi underpinnings, Pulse is a highly sexed-up modern parable on what it is to be young, with disability and queer on the verge of adulthood.


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The INDIs is presented by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, which also presents Leeds Young Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival.