Leeds Young People’s Film Festival 2011: Countdown begins

A scene from  Rio3D.

A scene from Rio3D.

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CALLING all kids – the countdown to this year’s Leeds Young People’s Film Festival is now under way.

Organisers of the annual celluloid celebration have announced that their 2011 event will run from March 28 to April 8.

And a whole host of treats have been lined up to help make sure the festival is a blockbuster success.

One early highlight is a preview screening, on March 30, at Vue in the Light, of Rio 3D, the latest animated offering from Ice Age maker Blue Sky Studios.

Featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, the comedy-adventure tells the story of a macaw, named Blu, who leaves Minnesota behind for the wonders of Brazil.

Fast Show actor Charlie Higson will be making an appearance at Hyde Park Picture House on April 6 to speak about his love of horror movies.

Other star guests include children’s animator Curtis Jobling and best-selling author Eoin Colfer.

Fans of Harry Potter will also be well catered for, with Hyde Park Picture House staging a screening of the three most recent movies in the boy wizard series on April 3.

Youngsters wanting to get hands-on experience of film-making, meanwhile, can attend workshops covering subjects such as directing and the art of animation.

Festival director Debbie Maturi said: “We’re really excited by this year’s line-up which promises to bring some real cinematic treats here to Leeds.

“At such good value, we hope that more young people and their families will get involved than ever before.”

Taking place for the 12th time, the festival is being organised by Leeds City Council and award-winning film enthusiast group MediaFish.

Additional support for the event has come from organisations such as Screen Yorkshire, Leeds City College and Education Leeds.

For full programme details, visit: www.leedsyoungfilm.com

Advance tickets are on sale now from the Leeds city centre box office on 0113 224 3801.

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