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Leeds Young Film Festival 2019

Leeds Young Film Festival 2019
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8 Apr 2019 - 22 Apr 2019

Leeds Young Film Festival is the UK’s largest film event of its kind, where the whole family can watch, make and learn.

Join over 13,000 other children and their families this Easter to explore the world of film, animation and virtual reality through screenings, workshops and special events across the City. Make screen time shared time as you WATCH family favourites and brand new films in our Reel Kids programme, dip your toe into the world of VR with the UK’s first VR Family Cinema and our 360’ Dome. MAKE your stories come to life with one, or many, of our Animation Central and Screen Craft workshops and LEARN new skills with our Special Events programme of guests from the industry including LEGO, Aardman and many more. 

Special Events

Get hands-on with this chance to meet and be inspired by some of the UK’s best animators. Learn more about how they got their dream jobs, with live events featuring The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part with LEGO Animation Art Director Tori Davis, Aardman Animations, Disney’s Sadie Sparks and 101 Dalmatian Street, plus Minecraft creative producer Adam Clarke lets you in on the secrets of creating your own YouTube channel and looks at some of the most successful Fortnite, YouTube, and Live Stream entertainers around.

We’re delighted to be co-presenting two classic films with full live scores as part of this year’s Film House programme at Leeds Town Hall: E.T: The Extra-Terrestrial in concert with the Czech Symphony Orchestra, and The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child in concert with the Orchestra of Opera North. We are also thrilled to present Score-IT!, a trailblazing youth project by South Asian Arts UK with live musical performances of classic film scores adapted for traditional Indian instruments. 


MAKE your stories come to life at our Animation Central and Screen Craft workshops at Carriageworks Theatre and Leeds City Museum over Easter weekend, Friday 19 - Monday 22 April.

The UK has an incredible reputation for creating some of the world's best animation and we're delighted to be able to celebrate that by bringing some of the country's best animators to meet you. This year, grab the chance to work alongside artists from LEGO, Disney, and more who will be sharing their tricks of the trade and other skills to help you be inspired and get creative! Make your own awesome LEGO animation, discover the secrets of creating epic Minecraft builds and learn how to make your very own Aardman Animations character at our hands-on workshops.

Screen Craft is your chance to learn from the professionals in this series of hands-on workshops. From acting, to sound, to special FX make-up and stunt combat we’ve put together everything you need to skill yourself up for your own production. Ever wondered how filmmakers make their fights so realistic or how they make the sound of a horse running or a flesh-eating zombie? Get taught the most fun stage combat techniques such as safe kicks, punches and strangles, bring a zombie character to life using prosthetic pieces and learn how to make sound effects using everyday objects you can find at home.

The VR Zone lets the whole family relax, explore and experience all together. Build your own virtual creatures and characters in Google Tilt Brush, or build entire worlds in Google Blocks to explore and play in. Experience cinema in a whole new way in our 360’ Dome, as jaw-dropping content flies all around you. Meanwhile, the UK’s first family-friendly VR cinema welcomes you to sit back and immerse yourself into new worlds. 


Make screen time shared time this Easter with brand new discoveries and family classics at pocket money prices, with nearly all of our tickets available for £3 or less. The films we select as part of our programme are often award-winners in their own countries that you won’t get to see anywhere else.

This year’s programme brings you a range of beautiful animation from across the world, including Tito and the Birds (Brazil), Lotte and the Lost Dragons (Estonia) and Zombillenium (France). A young girl dreams of being a superhero in Supa Modo whilst a young boy hilariously reinvents himself in Sune vs Sune. From Germany, Capt’n Sharky, The Little Witch and Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver will delight the youngest of audiences. Making these new films from around the world even more fun and even better value, lots of screenings include FREE extra creative activity with Story Bees at the start of the film.

As well as many new films, there’s also the chance to revisit favourites from last year such as Ralph Breaks the Internet, Incredibles 2, and the now Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, and there’s a ‘British Bear Double Bill’ with Paddington and Christopher Robin.

This year, we are delighted to strengthen the work we have done for many years to support gender equality within cinema by working alongside the Film 50:50 initiative in Leeds which aims to showing and raising awareness of films promoting women filmmakers. 

The full line-up for LYFF2019 is available now, visit to sign up for the newsletter and hear announcements first, and follow LYFF on social media @leedsyoungfilm using #LYFF2019. 

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Leeds Young Film Festival
  • Family friendly
  • Craft
  • Film
  • Workshop
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