Leeds Young Film Festival 2014 welcomes CBBC stars

Picture caption: CBBC's Katie Thistleton and Ben Shires who will be hosting BAFTA Children's: Behind the Scenes at the Leeds Young Film Festival.

Leeds Young Film Festival 2014 is almost here! The festival begins on Tuesday and celebrates cinema for viewers of all ages with a fantastic selection of films, workshops, activities and events. It opens with a Special Preview screening of Rio 2 in 3D at Vue in The Light on Tuesday 1 April and will include many fantastic guest appearances over Easter - including Leeds’s own Ben Shires from CBBC’s Officially Amazing!, CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton, and the creative teams behind Moshi Monsters and Horrid Henry.

This year’s festival includes BAFTA Children's: Behind the Scenes, hosted by Ben Shires and Katie Thistleton. Behind the Scenes is a showcase of BAFTA nominated and award-winning television, games and websites and will feature a fun mix of live demonstrations, behind-the-scenes films and interviews.

Visitors will have the chance to will go behind-the-scenes with events dedicated to some of their favourite characters, including Moshi Monsters and Horrid Henry. The creative teams behind both will be visiting Hyde Park Picture House on Tuesday 8 April to show how they are created. There will be plenty of fun activities at both events too.

Families won’t want to miss out on the massive weekend at Hyde Park Picture House, featuring days dedicated to Scooby Doo on Saturday 5 April and the whole Toy Story trilogy on Sunday 6 April. Market Wraps will be providing healthy Street Food snack packs people can bring into the cinema. Disney at Everyman features a week of favourites including Frozen, The Jungle Book, The Lion King, Aladdin and The Rescuers at the magnificent Everyman Leeds cinema in the heart of Trinity Leeds.

There’s plenty of excellent cinema for older viewers to enjoy in the Teenage Kicks 15+, Documentary and Best of Leeds International Film Festival sections. There will be a special preview screening of Haunter (on 5 April) , the highly anticipated new film by Vincenzo Natali, director of Cube and Splice - a wonderfully dark and sinister thriller in which a teenage girl appears to be reliving the same day over and over.

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.”

Tickets are just £2.50 for under 19s and £5.00 for adults – and it’s only £10.00 per person for a VIP Screening Pass for the whole festival Tickets are on sale through www.leedsyoungfilm.com and also through City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801, in person at The Carriageworks and from Hyde Park Picture House(excludes Opening Gala in 3D, Workshops and Special Events).

To view the full festival programme online and to purchase tickets, please visit www.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

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

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