Life in the film festival fast lane in Leeds

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The Leeds Young Film Festival has hit top gear with the arrival of two of the movie world’s most recognisable cars.

A Back To The Future-style DeLorean and a replica of the Batmobile from 1989’s Batman were both parked up outside Leeds Town Hall today.

Debbie Maturi in a Back to the Future-style DeLorean at Leeds Town Hall.

Debbie Maturi in a Back to the Future-style DeLorean at Leeds Town Hall.

They had come to town ahead of the launch of The Film House, a special mini-section of the festival running at the Town Hall from tomorrow until Monday.

It will offer a packed programme of cinema-themed workshops and activities as well as screenings of children’s favourites including Paddington and The Lego Movie.

The DeLorean and the Batmobile will remain on display until the end of The Film House.

Leeds Young Film Festival director Debbie Maturi today tried the DeLorean for size after praising the events lined up at the Town Hall over the Easter weekend.

She said: “It’s such a unique and interactive day out for families – in one of the city’s favourite buildings.

“And with so much to see and experience, it’s really great value too.”

The Leeds City Council-organised festival as a whole will run until next Friday, April 10.

Taking place this year for the 16th time, it got under way on March 30.

Gala screenings still to come include Moomins On The Riviera (April 9) and Song Of The Sea (April 10), both at Hyde Park Picture House.

For full programme information, visit the www.leedsyoungfilm.com website.

Ticket purchases can be made online, over the phone on 0113 224 3801 or in person from the city centre box office on Millennium Square.

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