33rd Annual

Leeds International Film Festival

November 06, 2019 to November 21, 2019

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • 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 2018 by Capernaum (Dir: Nadine Labaki, Lebanon)
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.
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
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. 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. 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.
Queer Short Films
For the new Leeds International Queer Short Film Competition, presented by LIFF in partnership with Leeds Queer Film Festival, we are looking for original and diverse short films from around the world that represent a wide range of LGBTQ+ themes and stories. Eligible films are narrative live action, documentary, animation, or a mix of those forms, in any genre, up to a running time of 15 minutes, and completed in 2018 or 2019.

If our selectors think your short is suitable for another LIFF programme section or competition, they will recommend it for further consideration: you only need to submit to one category. Your film will also be considered for the Leeds Short Film Audience Award.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The world's first moving images were filmed in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince. Today Leeds is a major European centre for film production and exhibition, the home of Screen Yorkshire, and the new home for the UK's leading independent TV company Channel 4.

Founded in 1987 and one of the UK's leading film events, Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming.

A qualifying event for both the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, LIFF presents nine national and international competitions for short films with total cash prizes.

You can see the LIFF 2018 highlights video here: https://youtu.be/7o7uWkGVGyY


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Quotes about LIFF from film industry and press:

'Leeds International Film Festival has been key in the support and promotion of international filmmakers, including myself, throughout its history. The quality of films and commitment to film makers has been paramount to the success of the festival' - Francis Lee, Director of God's Own Country

'I had a great time in the jury at LIFF. The general standard of the films selected was exceptional and the screenings where well curated. The festival team was very organised and friendly and took great care of the guests at the festival. I would go back any day.' - Niclas Gillberg, Festival Director, Uppsala International Short Film Festival

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

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

'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

'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

LIFF programme sections (full details of the LIFF 2018 film selection are on leedsfilmcity.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.

LEEDS SHORT FILM AWARDS
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 2018:

• Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition – cash prize £1000: Schoolyard Blues by Maria Eriksson (Sweden)
• World Animation Competition – cash prize £1000: Raymonde or the vertical escape by Sarah van der Boom (France)
• British Short Film Competition – cash prize £1000: Night Out by Amelia Hashemi (UK)
• Yorkshire Short Film Competition – cash prize £500: Life in Miniature by Ellen Evans (UK)
• Leeds International Screendance Competition – cash prize £500: Afterword by Boris Seewald (Germany)
• Leeds International Queer Short Film Competition - cash prize £500: Something Said by Jay Bernard (UK)
• Leeds International Music Video Competition: Half a Million - The Shins by LAMAR + NIK (USA)
• Leeds Short Film Audience Award: Time Traveller by Steve Kenny (Ireland)

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 three short film competitions:

• The Dark Owls International Fantasy Short Film Competition
• Dead Shorts Audience Award
• Sci-Fi Shorts Audience Award

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.

ORGANIZERS

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

GENERAL RULES

Eligibility:
• All Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by 9th August 2019
• Only films completed after 1st January 2018 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).