30th Annual

Leeds International Film Festival

November 03, 2016 to November 17, 2016

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SPECIAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY • Final deadlines have passed. If you have a deadline waiver or special instructions from the event, select a Category of Entry to continue.

Feature Films - Fiction
British and International feature-length narrative fiction films, including animation and fantasy, are considered for LIFF's Official Selection and Fanomenon programme sections. If selected they are eligible for the annual Leeds Audience Award, won in 2015 by LIZA THE FOX-FAIRY (Dir. Károly Ujj Mészáros, Hungary).
Feature Films - Documentary
Documentary features are considered for LIFF's dedicated programme section CINEMA VERSA, and occasionally for other sections depending on the subject. If selected, the film will be eligible for the Leeds Audience Award, won in 2015 by LANDFILL HARMONIC (Dirs. Graham Townsley & Brad Allgood, Brazil / Norway / Paraguay / USA).
British Short Films
This is the category for British short fiction, animation and documentary films. Every short submitted in this category will be considered for all LIFF programme sections and competitions, including the British Short Film Competition, the Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition and the World Animation Award (if eligible).

If your film is a fantasy, dance or music video film, or if it was made entirely in Yorkshire, please submit in the other categories available for those types.
International Short Films - Fiction
Every short film submitted in this category will be considered for all applicable LIFF programme sections and competitions, including the Academy-Award-qualifying Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition.
International Short Films - Animation
Short films submitted in this category will be considered for all LIFF programme sections, the Academy-Award-qualifying World Animation Competition, and the Leeds Short Film Audience Award.
International Short Films - Documentary
Shorts submitted in this category will be considered for LIFF's dedicated documentary section CINEMA VERSA, panoramas in SHORT FILM CITY, and for the Leeds Short Film Audience Award, won in 2015 by short doc THE REINVENTION OF NORMAL (Dir. Liam Saint-Pierre, UK).
Fantasy Short Films
The home of fantasy filmmaking at LIFF is the Fanomenon programme section. Every short submitted in this category will be considered for Fanomenon as a whole as well as for two awards voted for by the audience: the Dark Owl International Fantasy Short Film Award and the Dead Short Award.

If our selectors think your short may also be suitable for another LIFF programme section or competition, then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for LIFF.

Your film will also be considered for the Leeds Short Film Audience Award.
Dance Short Films
Dance films are considered primarily for LIFF's Leeds International Screendance Competition, won in 2015 by CHOREOGRAPHY FOR THE SCANNER (Dir. Mariam Eqbal, USA). We are looking for innovative short films under 15 minutes that explore how cinematography and choreography crossover. This could be screen-based work that features dance or it may have a specific choreographic element in the edit itself. Your film could utilise new technologies, animation or web based work. We are not looking for ordinary documentation of a live dance on a proscenium stage, though we will consider live work creatively re-staged or reinterpreted specifically for the screen. How radically you interpret ‘choreography on a screen’ is up to you. We invite you to challenge our expectations and surprise us with your imagination!

Only films under 15 minutes will be considered.

If our selectors think your short may also be suitable for another LIFF programme section or competition, then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for LIFF.

Your film will also be considered for the Leeds Short Film Audience Award.
Yorkshire Short Films
If you made your film entirely in the region of Yorkshire then you should submit into this category, whether its fiction, animation or documentary. As well as being considered for all LIFF programme sections, your film will also be eligible for the Yorkshire Short Film Competition and the Leeds Short Film Audience Award.
Music Video Films
Submissions into this category are primarily considered for the Leeds International Music Video Competition, won in 2015 by Lightning Bolt - The Metal East (Dir. Lale Westvind, USA). We are looking for innovative music videos across all genres of music, alongside short films with a dominant musical soundtrack.

If our selectors think your short may also be suitable for another LIFF programme section or competition, then they will recommend it for further consideration - you only need to submit to one category for LIFF.

Your film will also be considered for the Leeds Short Film Audience Award.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The world's first moving images were shot in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today Leeds is a major centre for film production and exhibition. Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK's biggest film events.

LIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond regular film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports outstanding new talent and established talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK. LIFF considers narrative, documentary and animated films, in feature-length and short formats, and in multiple genres and from all countries. The full programme for LIFF 2015 is online at leedsfilm.com.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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 300 screenings and events at 16 venues over 15 days.

A qualifying event for both the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, LIFF presents nine national and international competitions for short films with total cash prizes of over $7500. The annual LIFF Audience Award for best feature film was awarded to Liza the Fox-Fairy (Hungary) in 2015.

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

LIFF programme sections (full details on leedsfilm.com):

OFFICIAL SELECTION
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.

SHORT FILM CITY
LIFF provides a platform for new and established short filmmakers to showcase their work. Shorts selected for LIFF competitions are all chosen from submissions and considered by juries of film professionals. These are the LIFF short film competition winners from 2015:

• Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition: Drama (Guan Tian, USA)
• World Animation Award: Manoman (Simon Cartwright, UK)
• Leeds Short Film Audience Award: The Reinvention of Normal (Liam Saint-Pierre, UK)
• Leeds International Screendance Competition: Choreography for the Scanner (Mariam Eqbal, USA)
• Leeds International Music Video Competition: Lightning Bolt – The Metal East (Lale Westvind, USA)
• British Short Film Competition: Rate Me (Fyzal Boulifa, UK)
• Yorkshire Short Film Competition: Cargo (Oli Carr, UK)

FANOMENON
Fanomenon is the UK’s leading celebration of fantastic film with an extensive international programme of new and archive horror, sci-fi, fantasy and action films, featuring many special guest appearances. Fanomenon has two short film competitions (listed with 2015 winners):

• Dark Owl International Fantasy Short Film Competition: A Boy’s Life (Howard McCain, USA)
• Dead Shorts: Milk! (Ben Malleby, UK)

CINEMA VERSA
Cinema Versa is the home of documentary filmmaking in LIFF with two leading themes: 'Music on Film' and 'Underground Voices'. Screenings take place both in cinemas and unconventional venues across the city, often featuring live performances, guest interviews and debates.

RETROSPECTIVES
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 2015 LIFF presented a major season of films about the Arctic, including recent narrative films and documentaries.

ORGANIZERS

Alex King (Programme manager); Caroline Doering (Film Festival Coordinator); Chris Fell (Festival Director); Molly Cowderoy (Programme Coordinator)

GENERAL RULES

Eligibility:
• All Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by 12th August 2016.
• Only films completed after 1st January 2015 will be considered for the
competitive sections. LIFF 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. *Maximum film length for the Screendance Competition is 15
minutes*

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 film festivals. Please contact the Film Festival office if would like clarification on your 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.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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).