Full Leeds Young Film Festival 2015 Programme with Moomins on the Riviera + Song of the Sea

Leeds Young Film Festival 2015 (30 March – 10 April) are thrilled to reveal their full festival programme, which includes three extra special Gala screenings for all the family.

A Special Preview of Moomins on the Riviera (Thursday 9 April, 6.30pm), featuring everyone’s favourite Moomin characters in a brand new adventure, screens as their Family Gala at Hyde Park Picture House. They’re giving you the first chance to take a look at The Film House in all its magical glory with a 30th Anniversary screening of Back to the Future (Thursday 2 April, 6.30pm) at Leeds Town Hall, and they’ll have a real-life DeLorean car there just for the occasion. The spellbinding underwater animation Song of the Sea (Friday 10 April, 2.00pm) by Tomm Moore, director of Secret of Kells, is given a Special Preview as their Closing Gala at Hyde Park Picture House.

They’re giving young people the chance to experience the best new and classic cinema from around the world at the greatest venues in Leeds. With support from British Film Institute and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Leeds Town Hall is being transformed into The Film House (www.thefilmhouseleeds.com) from 3-6 April, with live cinema, activities and events this Easter weekend. There will be a real life Batmobile (a film prop replica from Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film) and Leeds International Film Festival presents evening screenings at Leeds Town Hall, which include Blade Runner: The Final Cut, a 50th Anniversary screening of The Sound of Music and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Never will you have had such a brilliant opportunity to enjoy the favourite Pixar films than in our Pixar at Everyman selection, with Cars, Brave, Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc all coming to the hugely popular Everyman Leeds cinema at the heart of the city.

Hyde Park Picture House is home to a truly remarkable selection of films for young people as we present a Family Film programme with Fiddlesticks, Ulysses and the 10,000 Moustaches, The Secret of Kells and Lola on the Pea. They have some very special guests visiting, as Director Lisa Mulcahy joins for a Q&A about her film The Legend of Longwood, an adventure about a 12-year-old who discovers she has a connection to the legend of the spectral Black Knight. LYFF 2015’s fascinating documentaries include I Am Big Bird: The Carroll Spinney Story about the actor behind the great Sesame Street character; Nas: Time is Illmatic, which tells the story of the iconic rap album; and the stunning animation Children of the Holocaust, which re-tells the eternally important story of holocaust for a young audience, and for which we welcome Producer, Kath Shackleton.

Leeds Young Film’s year-round Not For Rental programme is dedicated to giving young viewers aged 15+ their first ever chance to see rarely seen classics on the big screen, and brings an exciting selection of new films to venues around Leeds. Its LYFF 2015 programme at Hyde Park Picture House includes Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful psychological thriller Strangers on a Train and Persepolis Director Marjane Satrapi’s deliciously dark new horror comedy The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds.

Visit www.leedsyoungfilm.com to view the full LYFF 2015 programme, which also includes 25th Anniversary screenings of The Witches, Arachnophobia and Edward Scissorhands on Good Friday, and an incredible Short Film Programme. Tickets are exceptional value from just £3.00, and you can purchase a Hyde Park VIP Pass from just £10.00.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

The Leeds Young Film Festival is a fantastic annual event in our city, which provides a unique platform for young people to enjoy the magic of cinema and also learn new skills to improve their own individual work and projects. As always an action-packed and diverse programme will feature in this year’s event, which is guaranteed to both captivate and entertain young people of all ages.”

Debbie Maturi, Director of Leeds Young Film Festival said:

“We are delighted to bring young audiences the richest and most varied programme of films Leeds Young Film Festival has ever had. From films and animations made for very young viewers to classics of world cinema, we’re really excited to give young people entirely new experiences they won’t find anywhere else.”