Leeds International Film Festival

United Kingdom


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 is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming.

LIFF provides a major platform for new and established short filmmakers to showcase their work.

“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’

Event date

06.11.2019 ⟶ 21.11.2019

A qualifying event for both the Academy Awards and BAFTAs, LIFF presents nine national and international competitions for short films with total cash prizes of over $5000.

1 Feature Category (Feature Film – Documentary)

9 Short Film Categories (British Short Films, International Short Films – Fiction, International Short Films – Animation, International Short Films – Documentary, Queer Short Films, Fantasy Short Films, Dance Short Films, Yorkshire Short Films, Adventure Short Films)

1 Music Video Competition

There are prizes awarded to 8 short film categories and every film will be considered for the Leeds Short Film Audience Award.