Leeds International Film Festival clocks up record-breaking year at box office

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THE Leeds International Film Festival is celebrating another blockbuster year.

Organisers at Leeds City Council yesterday revealed that the festival’s 277 screenings had attracted a record combined audience of 40,000 people.

Taking place for the 28th year, the event got under way on November 5 and ended on Thursday.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “The Leeds International Film Festival continues to be a significant event in the city’s calendar.

“Having an Oscar-qualifying festival in the city is something we should be hugely proud of, and this year’s event, which attracted a record audience of 40,000 people, was one of the biggest and best yet.”

The film that proved most popular with audiences at the cinema extravaganza was What We Do In The Shadows, an acclaimed mix of comedy, horror and social commentary.

Other titles rated highly by festival-goers included X+Y and Song of the Sea.

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