City hosts new film festival

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A new film festival for young people will take centre stage in Leeds this summer.

Independent Directions (the INDIs), which will take place from July 14 to 16 in venues across the city, has been entirely curated for an audience of 16 to 30-year-olds.

The programme features specialist screenings of films including independent British and international cinema, industry sessions, panel discussions and installations.

Leeds Film is behind the festival following the success of the Leeds Young Film Festival earlier in the year.

The core of the festival will be the prestigious INDIs Awards, which will take place on July 15 at Headrow House, championing up and coming filmmakers who are in with a chance of winning up to £750 worth of prizes.

Gage Oxley, youth engagement coordinator, Leeds Film, said: “The INDIs Awards have been running for the last five years and they have always been such an incredible part of Leeds Young Film Festival. We recognised that they needed more attention.”

More than 400 entrees from across the UK have been submitted for the awards which are open to young people aged from 16 to 25 years old.

Gage said: “The quality is absolutely incredible and it’s something we are really proud to be pushing and highlighting.”

The festival’s programme includes the UK premiere of Australian independent film ‘Pulse’, a panel talk with industry professionals, workshops, networking events and previews of upcoming films such as ‘Brakes’, a bittersweet comedy.

Gage said: “There are so many diverse films in our programme there is something for everyone to love. We want to show off Leeds as a city of film.”

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