Leeds Film Festival scoops BAFTA honour

A year after being given the honour of being accepted as a qualifying event for the Oscars®, the Leeds International Film Festival is celebrating again after receiving a similar accolade from the BAFTAs.

Short films shown at this year’s event in Leeds from November 1-18 will have the chance of being nominated for Britain’s most prestigious annual film awards – the Orange British Academy Film Awards – after the festival was officially recognised as a qualifying event.

Live-action fiction short films produced in the UK will be considered for shortlisting by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ahead of the annual awards ceremony to be held in London in February.

The honour comes a year after the festival, which is the biggest in England to be held outside London, was approved by the organisers of the Oscars® to put forward nominations for the categories of Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“This is fantastic news for Leeds and the Leeds International Festival, to now be recognised by arguably the two biggest film academies in the world is a magnificent achievement and everyone involved should feel very proud. It really does put the city and the festival on the world stage so we cannot wait to see what delights are in store this year.”

This year’s Leeds International Film Festival runs from Thursday 1 November to Sunday 18 November, and will boast nearly 250 screenings including the opening gala showing of Ben Affleck’s critically-acclaimed new comic thriller ‘Argo’.

Films fans were given a taste of what to expect at the event organised by Leeds City Council as they packed into Leeds Town Hall on Light Night for the trailer teasers of some of the films to be screened at the festival.

Director of Leeds International Film Festival Chris Fell said:

“Leeds International Film Festival has championed the work of UK short filmmakers ever since it began. Now to have BAFTA recognition is a great benefit for our selected filmmakers from Leeds, Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, giving them direct access to the chance to win the country's biggest short film prize.”

Tickets and film festival passes are now available to buy in person at City Centre Box Office (The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD), over the telephone (0113 224 3801) and online at www.leedsfilm.com

Presented by Leeds City Council, Leeds International Film Festival is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the British Film Institute and Creative England.


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