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20-Apr-2014 9:00am PDT  


Leeds International Film Festival

28 Annual November 05, 2014 to November 20, 2014

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Leeds Town Hall
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Leeds West Yorkshire LS1 3AD
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Phone: +44 (0)113 247 8398

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Short Films - Narrative and Documentary
UK and International entries considered for short film programme competitions and panoramas in the following sections:

Short Film City - 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 as LIFF is a qualifying film festival. 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.

Fanomenon – World genre / fantasy shorts considered.

Cinema Versa - Documentary shorts.

Please see separate categories for Animated short films, short films made in Yorkshire, and dance short films.
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
Leeds is increasing its support for animated shorts and we welcome entries for consideration for all programme sections, including the Official Selection and Short Film City with the World Animation Award 2014. The winning film will be considered for nomination for an Academy Award now that LIFF is a qualifying festival.
Yorkshire Short Films
The Film Festival runs an annual competition for short films made in the Yorkshire region, of which Leeds is the largest city. 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 now that LIFF is a qualifying film festival.
Dance Short Films
The city of Leeds is a leading national centre for dance and home to such organisations as Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance, and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. For 2014, LIFF launches the Leeds International Dance Film Competition to support outstanding collaborations in the film and dance art forms.

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

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 yet in the UK.

Many of our most successful and highest rated feature-length films are sourced via Withoutabox submissions and we are anticipating some exciting new discoveries this year to help make our next edition the best yet. The short film competitions and panoramas in LIFF are programmed almost entirely from Withoutabox submissions. For reference, the full programme for LIFF 2013 is online at

Founded in 1987 and hosted in the main city of the UK’s Yorkshire region, 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 250 screenings and events at a wide variety of sites across the city, from cinemas and clubs to the newly customised, 1,000-capacity venue at Leeds Town Hall. LIFF is organised by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, a local authority in the Yorkshire region of the UK. Leeds Film also organises Leeds Young Film Festival.

Press Quotes about LIFF:

‘A world-class event.’ – Metro Newspaper, UK

‘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

‘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

‘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

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. Official Selection includes an audience award and usually includes the highest rating across all the sections of the Film Festival according to audience votes on response cards issued at all screenings. In 2013, the overall winner was the Official Selection film The Rocket (Dir. Kim Mordaunt, Australia), following The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark) in 2012 and The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius, France / Belgium / USA) in 2011.

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. As the UK’s sole affiliated member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation Fanomenon exclusively hosts an annual Silver Melies Competition and we are particularly interested in short genre titles produced in the UK and EU for competition consideration. The Silver Melies winner in 2013 was Death of a Shadow (Dir. Tom van Avermaet, Belgium/France).

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.

Short Film City is the dedicated short film section including UK and international competitions. As both an Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying festival, LIFF showcases an extensive and diverse programme of shorts and the 28th edition will build on the success of last year's expanded selection. A fact known to very few filmgoers, the city of Leeds was the location for the first ever moving images, produced in 1888 by Louis le Prince who disappeared mysteriously three years later before he could patent his inventions. Short Film City celebrate the achievement of the French pioneer through the Louis le Prince International Competition, presenting a series of programmes of outstanding visions from new and emerging talent. Alongside short fiction, there are special international categories for animated shorts and national competitions for the best new short films made in the UK and Yorkshire.

• International Short Film Competition 2013 – Winner, Just Before Losing Everything (Dir. Xavier Legrand, France)
• World Animation Award 2013 – Winner, Guilt (Dir. Reda Bartkute, Lithuania)
• British Short Film Competition 2013 – Winner, Sea View (Dir. Jane Linfoot)
• Yorkshire Short Film Competition 2012 – Winner, Oh Mess Life (Dir. Jonathan Harrold)

LIFF has long been dedicated to unearthing rarely screened classics from the archive and importing rare film prints from around the world. We have established a new section to showcase a broad selection celebrating film history. In 2013 we screened a retrospective selection of the Japanese master Masaki Kobayashi alongside the early films of Polish avant-gardist Walerian Borowczyk and a season of influential European Catalyst Films, the first examples of historical film movements.

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

• Feature Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by Friday 29th August and Shorts by 19th September 2014.
• Only films completed after 1st January 2013 will be considered for the competitive sections. However, the Film Festival does consider 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).