Leeds Young Film Festival set to be a real blockbuster

Leeds Young Film Festival'' Rio 2
Leeds Young Film Festival'' Rio 2
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CULTURE chiefs will be doing it for the kids when the opening credits roll on the annual Leeds Young Film Festival at the end of this month.

Taking place for the 15th time, the city council-backed festival runs from March 31 to April 11.

And its newly-announced programme looks sure to be a blockbusting hit with junior film fans across Leeds.

The event’s opening gala will feature a preview screening of animated movie Rio 2 at Vue in The Light on Tuesday, April 1.

Other highlights include:

l Scooby Doo and Toy Story themed days at Hyde Park Picture House on April 5 and 6 respectively;

l A selection of Disney classics including The Rescuers and Aladdin at Leeds Trinity’s Everyman cinema;

l Retro screenings of films that are celebrating their 25th birthday, such as Honey I Shrunk The Kids and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

l Audience favourites from the Leeds International Film Festival, including spoof superhero adventure Antboy.

Budding film-makers can also get an insight into the secrets of the movie business at a range of workshops and masterclasses. Event director Debbie Maturi said: “Every year Leeds Young Film Festival gets bigger and better, with an amazing range of films from all over the world – and 2014 is no exception.

“It’s the best place to bring the whole family this Easter with events and activities from films you know and love and some that you won’t get the chance to see anywhere else.

“There’s a host of workshops and masterclasses for you to get creative and learn more about cinema and with film tickets just £2.50 for under 19s, it is fantastic value too.”

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for leisure services at Leeds City Council, said: “This year’s Leeds Young Film Festival once again has a brilliant line-up of films for people to enjoy.

“There is something for everyone and I hope we will see more people than ever come out and join in.

“As an added bonus, young people are going to get the chance to learn more about how the film industry itself works by taking part in some really interesting workshops and masterclasses.”

Last year’s festival events were attended by more than 4,000 people.

For ticket details as well as further information on the 2014 programme, visit the official www.leedsyoungfilm.com website.

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