29th Annual

Leeds International Film Festival

November 04, 2015 to November 19, 2015

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Leeds West Yorkshire LS1 3AD
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Short Films - Narrative and Documentary
All UK and International submissions are considered for the Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition, panoramas, and thematic programmes.

The winning film in the Louis le Prince International Competition will be considered for nomination for an Academy Award and awarded £1,000.

All UK submissions are also considered for the British Short Film Competition. LIFF is a BAFTA qualifying film festival and all selected UK shorts will be considered. The winning film in the British Short Film Competition will be awarded £1,000.

Documentary shorts are considered for the Cinema Versa section, panoramas in Short Film City, and, if applicable, the British Short Film Competition.

Please see separate categories for Animated Short Films, short films made in Yorkshire, Dance shorts, Music Videos and Fanomenon Shorts (Horror and fantasy).
Feature Films - Narrative and Documentary
International and UK feature-length entries considered (including animation) for most Leeds programme sections and competitions including:
· Official Selection – New fiction features considered.
· Cinema Versa – Documentaries considered.
· Fanomenon – World genre / fantasy features considered.
Animated Short Films
Short animation entries from the UK and across the world are welcomed for this prestigious category. The winning film will be considered for nomination for an Academy Award and awarded £1,000.
Short Films Made in Yorkshire
Leeds is the largest city in Yorkshire and the competition champions the work of local filmmakers. To be eligible, the production of a film must have been wholly located within Yorkshire. All selected Yorkshire and British shorts will be considered for BAFTA nomination as LIFF is a qualifying film festival. The winning film will be awarded £500
Screendance Short Films
Innovative short films that explore how cinematography and choreography crossover. The winning film will be awarded £500
Fantasy Short Films - Fanomenon International Competition and Panorama
Fanomenon International Short Film Award: A new competition aimed at raising the profile of genre filmmakers from around the world. Horror, fantasy, action, cult and weird films accepted. Films can be live action or animation, must have been made since January 2014 and be under 20 minutes in length. The winner will be selected by the audience and will receive a prize of £500.
-Short films can also be submitted to the Sci-fi Panorama.

Fantasy Short Films - Dead Short Competition (UK & Ireland only)
Showcasing the best of British horror short films, the competition is open to filmmakers from the UK and Ireland only. Films must have a strong horror theme, be under 10 mins (including credits) and preferably made for the competition.
Music Videos
Original music videos across all genres of music, alongside short films with a dominant musical soundtrack.


Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is one of the UK's biggest public film events and the largest in England after London

LIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond the limitations of mainstream film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports the work of outstanding, fresh new talent in fiction and documentary filmmaking (in both features and shorts) and in world genre cinema – and work from existing talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK. For reference, the full programme for LIFF 2014 is online at leedsfilm.com.


Founded in 1987 Leeds International Film Festival is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming. Last year LIFF presented a huge variety of exceptional films at over 270 screenings and events at a wide variety of sites across the city, from cinemas and clubs to the 1,000-capacity venue at Leeds Town Hall.

LIFF is one of only four UK events that are Academy Award Qualifying Film Festivals, which applies to the long-running World Animation and Louis Le Prince International Short Film awards. LIFF is also a BAFTA Qualifying Film Festival for all selected UK shorts.

Each year the audience vote for their favourite feature film across all programme sections. In 2014, the overall winner was What We Do In The Shadows (Dir. Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, New Zealand), following The Rocket (Dir. Kim Mordaunt, Australia) in 2013, and The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark) in 2012.

Press Quotes about LIFF:

‘Leeds International Film Festival is a glorious celebration of world cinema, which brings a stellar blend of old and new movies to an increasingly global city. It’s expertly run, brilliantly staffed and, above all, perfectly programmed. A fantastic fortnight.’ – Subtitled Online

'Rep regulars, arthouse addicts and genre junkies are well-served alike at this free-range festival, which follows London in the calendar, but not in class.' - The Independent

‘The programme continues to prove Leeds has one of the most diverse selections on offer at any British film festival.’ – Huffington Post

“There’s something for all tastes and budgets among this festival’s lineup. Even if you’re stone broke, don’t worry: there’s a special free cinema week, too.” – The Guardian

‘Some of my favourite ever moments in the cinema have come from visits to Leeds.’ – Twitch

‘Finding an obscure film at a festival is always enjoyable, yet the particular high standard of selection at Leeds Film Festival made the entire festival played out like an habitual uncovering of hidden gems.’ – Little White Lies

“Of all the film festivals in the north of England, Leeds has more than earned its place as one of the most diverse, respected, and well-liked amongst the critics who go to assess the new films on offer, and the film-going public who love a good time at the movies."– Pop Insomniacs

‘Every city should have a film festival like Leeds.’ – Ken Loach, leading UK filmmaker

Programme sections (the sections and their full selections are online at leedsfilm.com):

Official Selection is the backbone of the Film Festival and the focal point for new fiction features from around the world. Premieres of exciting new talents emerging in world cinema are presented alongside an extensive panorama of new work from established directors, special events and thematic seasons.

LIFF provides a platform for new, emerging and established short filmmakers to showcase their work. Filmmakers in competition can become eligible for some of the world’s most prestigious short film awards: the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards. The very first moving images were captured in Leeds by Louis Le Prince in 1888 and LIFF’s international competition is named after the film pioneer. The International, Animation, British and Yorkshire competitions are at the heart of Short Film City and are judged by a jury of experts. The Music Video Awards and International Screendance Competition are exciting new additions to the programme.

• International Short Film Competition Winner 2014: Art (Dir. Adrian Sitaru, Romania)
• World Animation Award Winner 2014: Walk The Dog (Dir. Sonja Rohleder, Germany)
• British Short Film Competition Winner 2014: Exchange and Mart (Dir. Cara Connolly, Martin Clark, UK)
• Yorkshire Short Film Competition Winner 2014: Cushy (Dir. Fliss Buckles, Cat Jones, UK)
• International Screendance Competition Winner 2014: Amauros (Dir. Nicole Seiler, Switzerland)
• Music Video Competition Winner 2014: Heatsick – Re-Engineering (Dir: Stefan Fähler, Germany)

Fanomenon is the UK’s major genre celebration, showcasing the largest programme of the best new horror, sci-fi, fantasy and action films from all over the world. We have a strong reputation of presenting work by new and aspiring international genre filmmakers to dedicated and enthusiastic audiences and industry representatives. The section has several dedicated short-film programmes and competitions.

Cinema Versa is inspired by the underground festival ethos, the home of radical documentaries and offbeat live events with two leading themes: 'Music on Film' and 'Underground Voices'. Screenings take place both in cinemas and unconventional venues across the city featuring live performances and gatherings, informative workshops and outstanding, challenging films.

LIFF has long been dedicated to celebrating film history, unearthing rarely screened classics from the archive and importing rare film prints from around the world. In 2014 we screened a retrospective selection of the Swedish master Ingmar Bergman alongside a look at the works of the Spanish greats Berlanga and Bardem, and we shone a light on films from the First World War and its cinematic heritage.


Alex King (Programme manager); Chris Fell (Festival Director)


• All Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by Friday 31st August 2015
• Only films completed after 1st January 2014 will be considered for the competitive sections (except dance films which we accept if they were completed after January 2013.) The Film Festival also considers archive film programming and older films for non-competitive sections, which can be submitted in the same way as new ones.
• Any genre and any length of film will be considered – anything under 45 minutes is classified as a short, anything over 45 minutes is classified as a feature.
• The film must not have appeared on British television.

Premiere Policy:
• For feature-length films, though we do not insist on a premiere, we may not consider films that have some circulation in the UK already - for example, if they have toured other UK festivals. Please contact the Film Festival office if would like clarification on your own film if it has already screened or is going to be screened in the UK.
• For short films, we do not have a premiere policy.


Please note that by submitting a film to us, you agree that:
1) You are authorised to submit the film, including having permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film, and you must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of copyrighted music and/or images within the films.
2) The Film Festival can keep the DVD screener and any extra materials sent to us (DVDs of selected films will be used for archive and videotheque purposes).