Leeds International Film Festival is back for its 35th year
Running from 3-18 November, Leeds International Festival showcases the best of new and historic cinema. Film enthusiasts can visit some of the most notable venues across Leeds, including the new Leeds School of Arts cinema, to enjoy an eclectic programme of events.
Highlights this year include a screening of the highly anticipated Spencer, a biopic of Princess Diana’s split from Prince Charles back in the winter of 1991 and The Card Counter, starring Oscar Isaac, best known for his role in the Star Wars franchise.
The Leeds School of Arts, Northern Film School, has contributed a wealth of student films and alumni successes this year. You can choose to attend in person or online via the video service Leeds Film Player.
Highlights from the Leeds School of Arts & Northern Film School
10 November, Everyman Cinema
NFS graduate Tom Laurence will show his feature-length documentary 'On Our Doorstep' which tells the story of a humanitarian crisis at the Jungle camp in Calais, offering a fresh perspective on the continuing refugee crisis.
Tom, along with producers Cassandra Sigsgaard and Verity Wislocki will join in person at both screenings for a Q&A.
11 November, Everyman Cinema
Andy Wood, Lecturer in Experimental Film & Filmmaking at the Northern Film School has organised the Screendance competition, shortlisting over 200 shorts with a theme of international dance. These innovative shorts all share a particular engagement with choreography, offering a different take on this experimental film genre.
On the selection panel this year was new Filmmaking Course Director Julius Ayodeji and the winner of the student curtain-raiser film that will kick off the screening is Filmmaking student Olivia Clancy's film Terra.
17 November, Leeds School of Arts
Cinema’s master surrealist Luis Bunuel made this withering satire of social conventions and bourgeois values late in his career as part of his successful collaboration with French writer Jean-Claude Carrière. As six upper class sophisticates repeatedly attempt and fail to have dinner together, Bunuel delights in confounding them with increasingly absurdist conceits and bizarre interruptions, blurring reality and dreams to disorienting effect.
The screening will be followed by an open audience discussion led by an expert panel from the fields of film and psychoanalysis.