LIGHTS, camera, action – the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is ready to roll.
The city’s annual celebration of children’s cinema gets under way on Monday, March 26 and runs until April 5.
And today organisers took a break from their final preparations to reveal the event has won support from two well-known names.
Writer Benjamin Zephaniah will be attending a screening of documentary We Are Poets at Leeds Town Hall next Friday.
Former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones, meanwhile, has recorded a message that will be played at the festival’s equivalent of the Oscars.
Taking place at the town hall next Thursday, the Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards will be the culmination of a competition that was open to budding Spielbergs aged three to 19 from across the city.
In her message, Suranne says: “It’s great to know there are so many talented young filmmakers in Leeds.
“I know that the standard has been really high, the children and young people should be really proud of themselves for having got this far and for showing everyone how skilful and imaginative they are.”
This year’s screening highlights include The Cabin In The Woods, a new film from Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon.
There will also be some cinematic blasts from the past, such as Ghostbusters, Labyrinth and The Lion King.
Other treats in the programme include workshops and talks by industry professionals.
Festival director Debbie Maturi said: “We’re thrilled that once again we can offer something a little bit more than a regular visit to the multiplex, and our audiences will not be disappointed with the selection of films we have available this year.”
The festival is being presented by Leeds City Council and award-winning movie enthusiasts group MediaFish.
Hyde Park Picture House will be its main base.
For further information, visit the www.leedsyoungfilm.com website or ring 0113 224 3801.