31st Leeds International Film Festival
Leeds City Council
Total project grant (euros)
Percentage of budget funded
Call publication date
29 Sep 2016
27 Apr 2017
Result publication date
18 Aug 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 16 Nov 2017
Leeds International Film Festival presents over 270 screenings and events citywide every November. More than 300 films are selected very year from across the world for LIFF's five main programme sections: Official Selection, Cinema Versa (documentaries), Short Film City, Fanomenon (genre film), and Leeds Free Cinema Week. LIFF also features a major retrospective.
LIFF is a portal for an audience of all ages to discover the real world of film that exists beyond mainstream film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports the work of original new talent in fiction and documentary filmmaking (both features and shorts) and the work from existing talent that has not received deserved exposure in the UK.
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 are eligible for the Academy’s Short Film Awards. The festival’s British and Yorkshire short film competitions are BAFTA-qualifying.
LIFF presents nine short film awards, with a total cash prize fund of £5,000: Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition; World Animation Award; Best British Short; Yorkshire Short Film Competition; Screendance Short Film Competition; Fanomenon International Competition; Dead Short Competition; Music Video Award; Leeds Short Film Audience Award.
In 2017, LIFF welcomed over 38,000 attendees across 16 days in 15 venues for 325 screenings, events and exhibitions.
Chris Fell, Director of Leeds International Film Festival said:
"One of our favourite parts of organising LIFF every year is sharing new films with audiences for the first time. Their response to the European selection is fantastic and long-term Creative Europe support has helped to make this relationship grow and thrive."
Francis Lee of God's Own Country said:
"Leeds International Film Festival has been key in the support and promotion of international film makers, including myself, throughout its history. The quality of films and commitment to filmmakers has been paramount to the success of the festival."
Niclas Gillberg, Festival Director of Uppsala International Short Film Festival said:
"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."
Look at our 2017 Results report for a comprehensive overview of the support Creative Europe gave to film festivals seeking to expand audiences for European film in 2017.
Read our blog with Chris Fell, Director of Leeds International Film Festival, about applying for Creative Europe funding.
Find our more about the Film Festivals scheme, by visiting our funding guide.