Leeds Young Film Festival to celebrate new talent and celluloid gems

Caption: The new Disney film ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ featuring (left to right) Jennifer Garner, CJ Adams and Joel Edgerton will be screened at the Leeds Young Film Festival

A celebration of new cinema and some timeless classics will be among the highlights of the 14th Leeds Young Film Festival later this month.

Running from Monday 25 March to Friday 5 April, the festival features a special preview screening of the new Disney fantasy film ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’ starring Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and CJ Adams at Hyde Park Picture House on March 28.

Marking some important cinematic milestones plays a key role in this year’s programme, with screenings of Tim Burton’s classic ‘Beetlejuice’ to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, along with the 80th anniversary of ‘King Kong’, 50 years since Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ terrified audiences and a 25th anniversary screening of anime favourite ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ by Hayao Miyazaki.

The festival presented by Leeds City Council and MediaFish includes a ‘Great Big Family Film Day’ featuring Tim Burton’s latest version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ which will be accompanied by a special Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. The day at Hyde Park Picture House will also include an appearance by the legendary ‘Mystery Machine’ to coincide with a screening of ‘Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy!’

Monsters and aliens day forms another theme of the festival, with showings of ‘The Iron Giant’ and ‘Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit’ alongside ‘King Kong’ and ‘The Birds’.

Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry’s darkly mysterious TV Series ‘Neverwhere’ will be shown in its entirety at a special Leeds homeless event to coincide with BBC Radio 4’s new adaptation for radio which features a cast including James McAvoy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The festival will also champion and encourage new cinematic talent from both near and far with screenings of new films like ‘Kirikou and the Men and Women’ by Michele Ocelot, ‘Approved for Adoption’ about the life of comic book artist Jung, ‘Alfie the Little Werewolf’ and ‘Ernest and Celestine’, which proved a major hit at the 2012 Leeds International Film Festival. Other new films to be shown include ‘Oblivion Island’ and ‘Berserk 2’.

Leeds Young Film Festival 2013 also features two prestigious awards for young filmmakers. The 2013 Leeds Young Filmmaker Golden Owl Awards is an ‘Oscars’-style red carpet event at Leeds Town Hall and showcasing emerging talent from across the city. Young Filmmakers Day at the Hyde Park Picture House features The INDIs (Independent Directions) Young Filmmaker Award, which is the UK’s only film award solely championing and celebrating the talent of the UK’s young independent filmmakers aged under 25.

There will also be workshops and talks by industry professionals, with Caroline Maston hosting another of her incredibly popular ‘Homemade: DIY special effects’ workshops. There will also be ‘Tall Tales and Local Legends: Storytelling in Leeds’ with local storyteller Matthew Bellwood, a Minecraft Mystery Workshop, a guide on how to make your own film festival, and workshops dedicated to robots, blogging and animation. There will also be a celebration of the 100th birthday of the British Board of Film Classification with a free BBFC masterclass explaining the editing and classification process for dark urban tale ‘Chronicle’.

This year’s festival will also see a piece of work produced during the event itself as part of a new BFI Film Academy called ‘Beta Filmworks’. Aimed at 16-19 year olds who are interested in pursuing a career in film, a group of 15 young people will be selected to work over four days to produce a documentary on the role of digital technology in film.

Working with mentors Craig Lawson (Senior Producer at Access Moving Image) and Alex Ramseyer-Bache (Director of award-winning feature documentary ‘We Are Poets’), the group will help plan, shoot and edit the documentary which will be screened at the end of the festival.

Beta Filmworks is funded by the Department for Education and run in collaboration with Reel Solutions, Access Moving Image and the City Learning Centres, and anyone wishing to take part can apply by emailing martin.grund@leeds.gov.uk or calling 0113 247 8489 before the deadline of 5pm on Friday 22 March.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The Leeds Young Film Festival is a fantastic event for young people to not only come and see some wonderful films but also to learn more about how the film industry works by taking part in some of the superb workshops and masterclasses.

“The line-up of films this year looks great so we look forward to seeing lots of people enjoying themselves and having a great time.”

The Leeds Young Film Festival is also a supporter of child friendly Leeds, the ambition to make Leeds the best city for children and young people to thrive and look forward to a brighter future

Director of Leeds Young Film Festival Martin Grund said:

“This year we’re very proud to support the child friendly Leeds initiative as we’ve always believed that children and young people should enjoy the amazing culture that Leeds has to offer.

“For our 14th edition we have again searched the planet to bring the best new and unseen films to Leeds, along with some fantastic workshops and masterclasses. It’s never been a better time to be a young film fan or filmmaker in the city.”

Tickets are now available for this year’s Leeds Young Film Festival, and for more information visit www.leedsyoungfilm.com

Notes to editors:

Leeds Young Film Festival is presented by MediaFish and Leeds City Council. MediaFish is a co-operative 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.

Golden Tickets are on sale through www.leedsyoungfilm.com and City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 and are priced at: £15.00 Single Golden Ticket, £25 Double Golden Ticket and £40 Family Golden Ticket Plus. For full details visit www.leedsyoungfilm.com

For more information on the child friendly Leeds initiative go to www.leeds.gov.uk/childfriendlyleeds


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