A taste of Rio comes to the Leeds Young Film Festival

A major awards ceremony, new competitions and special screenings of some modern classics are among the highlights of the Leeds Young Film Festival which begins on 31 March.

The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2014 programme is now online at leedsyoungfilm.com, where people can find out about all of the amazing activities taking place as part of this year's festival. Tickets will be on sale from tomorrow morning.

Leeds Young Film Festival (LYFF) features the best new cinema from around the world for children and young people, special preview screenings, animation, short films, family events, workshops, master classes and some of the country’s biggest award ceremonies for young filmmakers. There are films for all the family at venues across the city, including Hyde Park Picture House, Everyman Leeds, Leeds Town Hall and Vue in The Light.

The Opening Gala film will be a very special preview screening of Rio 2 in 3D, at Vue in The Light on Tuesday 1 April. It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in Rio 2, after they venture into the wilds of the Amazon for a family reunion. Out of his element in a land he doesn’t know, Blu must face his most fearsome adversary – his father in law - while evading Nigel’s fiendish plans for revenge. All the favourite Rio characters are back with music from Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae.

Family film events don't come much bigger or better than the weekend we’ve got lined up for you at Hyde Park Picture House. On Saturday 5 April there is an extra-special Scooby Doo event for audiences aged three and up. There will be lots of Scooby Doo related activities, together with a screening of the animated film Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase in which Scooby and the gang are trapped inside a video game and must defeat a phantom virus. A real-life Mystery Machine will be making an appearance at the event so you can have your photo taken in it with Scooby Doo himself! There will also be street food provided by Market Wraps - including a special Scooby Snack box! Sunday 6 April will be Toy Story Day, where the Hyde Park Picture House will dedicate itself to screening the entire Toy Story trilogy from 10.30 am onwards. Market Wraps will again be in attendance with a Toy Box snack pack available especially for the occasion!

More epic family fun will follow with Disney at the Everyman, where we'll be screening five Disney films at the fantastic new cinema and pizzeria in the heart of Leeds's Trinity shopping centre. There's The Jungle Book, The Rescuers, Aladdin, The Lion King, and new hit Frozen - already one of the most successful animated films of all time.

The Festival will also feature a fantastic Film Academy programme of Workshops and Masterclasses including Animate! - a great introduction to stop motion film making where you’ll get that chance to make your own animation; Make Your Own Film Festival, where young people attending LYFF get to organise a real life film festival at the Hyde Park Picture House; On the Bike Track Music Workshop, a celebration of Tour de France where you'll use bike parts to create an amazing audio track; and a return of the ever-popular Minecraft. Ben Waddington’s Invisible Cinema Tour will reveal to you a secret side to Leeds City Centre he takes you on an exploration of historic and forgotten cinema sites.

Five of the leading audience favourites from the 27th Leeds International Film Festival, including winning film The Rocket, will screen at LYFF. Best of Leeds International Film Festival will include Antboy, the delightful spoof adventure about a boy who becomes a superhero after being bitten by a very special ant; Ghost Graduation, the supernatural comedy about a group of five ghostly students who are haunting a high school; Little Fugitive, a beautifully-made American indie from 1956 that follows two young brothers who are left alone while their mother visits a relative; The Rocket, about a boy who leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home; and We Are the Best!, Lukas Moodysson’s raucous tale of three preteen outcasts who form an all-girl punk band.

Following the huge success of last year's programme of 25th Anniversary screenings at Leeds Young Film Festival, we will be screening a fantastic new selection of films celebrating their quarter-of-a-century birthday in 2014! These include The Abyss, the underwater science-fiction fantasy by Avatar Director James Cameron; Honey I Shrunk the Kids, about the adventures of a group of teens shrunk to a microscopic size by zany scientist Rick Moranis, and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - an early outing for Keanu Reeves and one of the greatest slacker comedies of all time! Take the chance to enjoy a selection of 80s favourites on the big screen while you still can - next year LYFF will be celebrating 1990.

Leeds Young Film Festival Director Debbie Maturi said: “Every year Leeds Young Film Festival gets bigger and better, with an amazing range of films from all over the world – and LYFF 2014 is no exception. It’s the best place to bring the whole family this Easter with events and activities from films you know and love and some that you won’t get the chance to see anywhere else. There’s a host of workshops and masterclasses for you to get creative and learn more about cinema and with film tickets just £2.50 for under 19s, it is fantastic value too.”

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for leisure and skills at Leeds City Council said:“This year’s Leeds Young Film Festival once again has a brilliant line-up of films for people to enjoy. There is something for everyone and I hope we will see more people than ever come out and join in.

“As an added bonus, young people are going to get the chance to learn more about how the film industry itself works by taking part in some really interesting workshops and masterclasses.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“The Leeds Young Film Festival is a fantastic example of the events in the city which are moving us closer to achieving our child-friendly ambitions. It’s great to see that many of the city’s cinemas are part of the festival which will offer a huge choice and some top names aimed specifically at young people.”

Leeds Young Film Festival boasts some of the biggest Award ceremonies for young people in the UK, including Leeds Young Filmmaker Golden Owls Awards, an Oscars-style ceremony for young filmmakers aged between 3 and 19, at Leeds Town Hall on Wednesday 2 April. Hyde Park Picture House will host The INDIs (Independent Directions) Awards on Monday 7 April, the UK's only film competition which solely champions and celebrates the talent of the UK’s independent filmmakers under 25.

The LYFF VIP Screening Pass is now on sale and is incredible value for money at just £10.00 per person, including both adults and young people. The pass is valid from 3 April – 11 April and gives access to all screenings at the festival (excluding the Opening Gala and special events). Tickets for individual screenings and special events are amazing value at just £2.50 for Under 19s and £5.00 for adults.

For more information or to download the festival brochure, please visit leedsyoungfilm.com

Notes to editors:

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


For enquiries please contact:

Nick Jones, Communications Manager

Leeds Young Film Festival 2014 /, 31st March – 11th April 2014

Nick.Jones@leeds.gov.uk / 0113 247 8398

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