Leeds International Film Festival

27 Annual November 08, 2013 to November 22, 2013

Open call for entries, for the LIFF – Leeds International Film Festival

Founded in 1987 and hosted in the main city of the UK’s Yorkshire region, Leeds International Film Festival is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming. Last year LIFF presented a huge variety of exceptional films at over 250 screenings and events at a wide variety of sites across the city, from cinemas and clubs to the newly customised, 1,000-capacity venue at Leeds Town Hall. LIFF features high-profile programme sections including: the competitions of the Official Selection; Fanomenon, the UK’s largest genre event; Short Film City; documentary strand Cinema Versa; exclusive Retrospectives and archive classics; and the Thought Bubble Comic Convention. LIFF is organised by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, a local authority in the Yorkshire region of the UK. Leeds Film also organise Leeds Young People’s Film Festival.

LIFF has long been dedicated to unearthing rarely screened classics from the archive and importing rare film prints from around the world. We have established a new section to showcase a broad selection celebrating film history. In 2012 we screened a retrospective selection of the groundbreaking Japanese actress/director Kinuyo Tanaka alongside the early Soviet films of Andrei Konchalovsky, silent classics and an overview of recent Portuguese cinema.
Alex King (Programme Manager) ; Alex King (Programme Manager) ; Chris Fell (Director) ; Chris Fell (Director) ; Darren Potter (Business Manager)

• Feature Films must be submitted to the Film Festival by Friday 30th August and Shorts by 20th September 2013.
• Only films completed after 1st January 2012 will be considered for the competitive sections. However, the Film Festival does consider archive film programming and older films for non-competitive sections, which can be submitted in the same way as new ones.
• Any genre and any length of film will be considered – anything under 45 minutes is classified as a short, anything over 45 minutes is classified as a feature.
• The film must not have appeared on British television.

Premiere Policy:
• UK premieres will be prioritised in the selection process in all Film Festival sections, especially for the Official Selection. However, we do not categorically insist on UK premieres – this is up to the discretion of the Film Festival team.

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