Film Festival’s opening night sells out in record time

Film fans in Leeds have broken box office records ahead of this week’s Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF27).

With just two days to go until the 27th annual festival gets underway, organisers have announced that this year has seen the fastest opening gala sellout in the event’s history.

The highly-anticipated gala on Wednesday (Nov 6) features two 3D showings of sci-fi blockbuster Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, ahead of its official release on Nov 8.

Both showings at the Everyman cinema in the Trinity Leeds centre have now sold out. But with demand for festival tickets at an all-time high, festival bosses have announced a new late addition to the programme.

Acclaimed thriller All is Lost, starring Robert Redford has been added to the line-up and will be screened in Leeds Town Hall's Victoria Hall on Thursday, November 21 at 6.30pm.

The film tells the story of one man’s battle for survival against the elements after his sailboat is destroyed at sea and is written and directed by Academy Award nominee J.C Chandor.

Chris Fell, Film Festival Director said:

“We can't wait to launch the Film Festival with Gravity on November 6 at the Leeds Everyman.

“The anticipation in Leeds for the film and for the festival itself is very high. We are also delighted to bring to the city an exclusive screening of All is Lost, another hugely-acclaimed American film that is part of a brilliant finale for the Film Festival on November 21 at Leeds Town Hall.”

All is Lost will take its place alongside some of the most acclaimed films of the year and some much-loved classics as part of this year’s programme.

These include a screening of Stephen Spielberg’s epic thriller Jaws at Leeds Town Hall on November 15 at 6pm.

The town hall will also host iconic horror The Exorcist and 2001: A Space Odyssey, which returns after proving a huge hit with crowds last year.

Budding filmmakers will also have the opportunity to showcase their work, as over 80 short films by new talent will be judged by a five member international jury in the Short Film City category.

Held from November 6 to November 21, more than 130 feature films, over 130 short films and 261 screenings and events will be held as part of LIFF27.

Cllr Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure said:

“The Leeds International Film Festival is a real landmark occasion for the city and seems to get better every year.

“As the birthplace of film, it’s fitting that Leeds has such a well-established and popular celebration- and this year’s festival programme really does have something for everyone. I’m sure film fans will love having such an exciting and varied selection from all over the world to choose from.”

For more details on listings of all feature films and events, please see: www.leedsfilm.com/ www.facebook.com/leedsfilmfestival / www.twitter.com/leedsfilmfest


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