Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Get teenage kicks at Leeds Young People’s Film Festival

Caption: 'Tales of the Night' (top image) and 'On the Sly' will be two of the feature screenings at this year's Leeds Young People's Film Festival

The Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is preparing to celebrate a milestone birthday next month as it officially becomes a teenager.

The annual event organised by Leeds City Council and MediaFish will enjoy its 13th edition from Monday 26 March to Thursday 5 April with more than 30 screenings of must-see attractions and independent gems from around the world being shown at Hyde Park Picture House, as well as selected venues across the city including the giant screen in Leeds Town Hall.

To mark the event turning thirteen, the theme of this year’s festival is to celebrate what it’s like to become a teenager. As such, a major new addition for this year is a new competition being held for the first time to attract the finest young filmmakers in the country.

Named the INDIs (for independent directors), the new competition is a celebration of the talents of independent filmmakers under the age of 25 and is now open to submissions in four age ranges: up to 10 years old, 11-14, 15-19 and 20-25. Each category winner will receive £150, while the overall winner will be presented with the Film and Video Institute Award (IAC) for the best independent film and a cash prize of £250 towards their next film. The deadline for submissions is Friday 2nd March 2012 and more information is available at

To complement this national award, another exciting new filmmaking award on offer this year is the Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owls Awards, presented by Leeds Young Film Network, celebrating the city’s young filmmaking talent. Open to all young people aged 3-19 who live in Leeds, it will feature an Oscars-style awards ceremony to be held at Leeds Town Hall.

Full details of the film festival programme will be announced in the coming weeks but among the highlights will be a special preview of ‘We Are Poets’, a film following a group of Leeds teenagers on a visit to Washington DC to represent the UK in the world’s largest poetry slam competition.

Other major screenings include fantasy animation ‘Tales of the Night’ from celebrated director Michel Ocelot (The Princes’ Quest), the multi-award winning film ‘On the Sly’ about a six-year-old girl and her adventures in the woods, ‘The Crocodiles: All for One’ the sequel to last year’s audience winning film about a daring jailbreak, and ‘Capelito the Magic Mushroom’ a family-friendly animated series about a mushroom with special powers.

There will also be days dedicated to family viewing, science fiction with actual science, young filmmakers as well as animations, short films, workshops and talks by industry professionals.

Director of Leeds Young People’s Film Festival Debbie Maturi said:

“We are so excited by the sheer range and quality of this year’s programme and can’t wait to welcome audiences to our 13th edition. There’s a wealth of activity for all the family and it’s fantastic value too. If you’re looking for things to do this Easter, at Leeds Young People’s Film Festival you can keep the whole family entertained with a Family Film Passport from just £25.”

Family Film Passports are available from Friday for the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival through and City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks.

Notes to editors:

Leeds Young People's Film Festival is presented by MediaFish and Leeds City Council. MediaFish is a cooperative of young people aged 14 - 19 from Leeds that is facilitated by Leeds Young Film. MediaFish are involved in the organisation, programme and marketing of the Leeds Young People's Film Festival and provide a variety of film screenings, workshops and masterclasses for all ages year round.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472