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Leeds International Film Festival

The 31st Leeds International Film Festival will take place 2–16 November 2017.

The Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is the largest film festival in England outside London. Founded in 1987, it is held in November at various venues throughout Leeds, West Yorkshire. In 2016, the festival welcomed over 40,000 visitors and showed over 300 films from around the world, shorts and features, commercial and independent.

LIFF is a qualifying film festival for the Oscars® and BAFTAs

LIFF is a qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards and the winning films in Short Film City’s Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition and World Animation Award may thus be eligible for the Academy’s Short Film Awards. The festival’s British Short Film Competition is BAFTA qualifying. There are £4000 worth of prizes across seven short film competitions.  

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Leeds International Film Festival

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Leeds International Film Festival is the largest regional event of its kind in the UK with a widespread reputation of excellence and originality. Last year we had record breaking audience figures of 40,000 and the 29th anniversary edition of the festival will take place this November. We show the very best in challenging, new cinema. Please visit our website for details of last year's programme:

LIFF is also a qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards and BAFTA in it's short film competitions. There are £6000 worth of prizes across seven short film competitions.

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Art-house films
British Films
European Films
Fantasy/Science Fiction
Horror films
Human Rights
Animated Films
Fiction Features
Music video
Short films
Student film
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11/04/2015 - 11/19/2015
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There are £5000 cash prizes available across our short film competitions and LIFF is also a qualifying film festival for the Academy Awards and BAFTA.

The winning films in the Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition and World Animation Award are eligible for the Academy’s Short Film Awards. The festival’s British and Yorkshire short film competitions are BAFTA qualifying.

Short Film Awards

Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition- £1,000 Prize

World Animation Award- £1,000 Prize

Best British Short- £1000 Prize

Yorkshire Short Film Competition- £500 Prize

Screendance Short Film Competition- £500 Prize

Fanomenon International Competition (Genre / Fantasy Short Films)- £500 Prize

Dead Short Competition (British horror shorts under 10 mins)

Music Video Award

Arctic Minutes- £500 Prize (Short films one minute or under themed around the Arctic)

Feature Film Submissions

In addition to the short films, feature-length fiction films and documentaries can also be submitted. The full line-up for LIFF28 can be viewed online at


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