More LIFF Presents screenings announced | Updates on LIFF 2022 passes | New digital volunteer opportunities | The latest events and new releases across Leeds and Yorkshire.

LIFF Presents: Funny Pages & Hatching

A young girl strokes a giant egg, nested in the torn up stomach of a pink teddy bear that is lying on her bed.

Our weekly previews of exciting new independent films continue in September. In Funny Pages (7 September), a hilariously dark comedy from actor-turned-director Owen Kline and produced by the Safdie brothers, a teenage cartoonist rejects the comforts of his suburban life and leaves home, finding an unwilling teacher and unwitting friend in Wallace, a former low-level comic artist.

In Finnish horror fantasy Hatching (14 September), 12-year-old gymnast Tinja is constantly pushed by her image-obsessed, status-hungry mother. After finding a wounded bird in the woods, she brings its strange egg home and the creature that emerges becomes both her closest friend and a nightmarish family burden. Both Funny Pages and Hatching are released in UK cinemas on 16 September.


LIFF 2022 passes on sale from 8 September

We already announced our dates, key venues and some of our programme plans for LIFF 2022, and we can’t wait to reveal the full line-up on 6 October! You can buy passes for LIFF 2022 from 8 September, and they include the Explorer and Explorer Gold options for the most extensive experience of the film festival in venues and online, as well as Buzz for audiences under 26 and Lite with discounts on bundles of 6 tickets.



Saturday 3 September

Hundreds of cinemas across the UK are coming together to celebrate National Cinema Day, inviting everyone to enjoy the incomparable sights and sounds of the big screen experience. Participating cinemas are offering all tickets to all shows from just £3 so you can sit back with all your friends and family and enjoy a movie where it belongs, on the big screen.


2 September - 4 September

Celebrating women and non-binary filmmakers, Women X Film Festival is back for 2022, partnering with Leeds International Film Festival to make 46 short films from their programme available online via the Leeds Film Player, between 3-11 of September. Leeds Film Newsletter subscribers can use the discount code below to get 15% off festival passes, with physical and online passes available to purchase. 

Discount code: LEEWX15


Saturday 24 September / Millennium Square

The Yorkshire Integration Festival is a free, family-friendly event, which celebrates the positive impact made by migrants and refugees in Yorkshire and Humber. Millennium Square will be home to many tents, stalls and activities including a cinema tent that will be showing a collection of short films with a migration theme, exploring ideas of community, identity, connection and belonging will showcase the diverse range of cultures and customs that make our region a special place to live. 


24 September / The Carriageworks Theatre

Dive into a night of mesmerising ocean adventure! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for 2022 with a brand-new collection of the world’s most incredible ocean films. This carefully curated selection of short films combines epic human endeavour and astounding marine life in a spectacular cinematic celebration of our oceans. Witness incredible seafaring voyages, captivating footage from both above and below the surface, and the chance to dip your toes into the wonders of the big blue – from the comfort of a cinema seat.


9 - 18 September / Free Admission

Hyde Park Picture House will take part in Heritage Open Days with free screenings taking place across 3 historical venues: Palace Picture House at Leeds Industrial Museum (Armley Mills), St John's Church & Leeds Central Library. The programmes include shorts focusing on cinema & memory, family friendly films, unique restorations of historical films, zoetrope workshops and a rare screening of A Poet Goes North (1968, 25m) following Sir John Betjeman as he examines the architecture of Leeds.


6 September - 29 September / Across Leeds

Scalarama Leeds Film Festival 2022 is a celebration of cinema, for everyone, by everyone, everywhere, taking place every September across the City. Screenings are organized by a variety of film lovers across the city in a range of different non-traditional cinema spaces. This year features a total of 26 screenings including Mistress America and Limbo at Sheaf Street, The Third Man at Seven Arts, and Wild Things at Wharf Chambers.



Released 2 September

Two adrenaline junkie best friends are put to the ultimate test when they get stranded on top of a remote radio tower. Stuck 2000ft above the ground, they must fight dwindling supplies, dizzying heights and the power of the elements in this surprisingly effective survival thriller. Not recommended for anyone afraid of heights! Fall will show at Leeds Cinemas including at Vue in the LightVue Kirkstall Road, & Everyman Leeds.

A young woman climbs up an old ladder of a rusted radio tower, high above the ground with a sprawling desert and mountain range behind her.

Bodies, Bodies, Bodies

Previews from 6 September

When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game goes awry in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong. Bodies, Bodies, Bodies will have several preview screenings on 6 September at Showcase Cinema De Lux LeedsPicturehouse YorkCineworld YorkEveryman Leeds will be hosting a special screening on 9 September where all tickets include a Bloody Mary from a bespoke menu by The Pickle House.

Four young women, dressed for a party but marked with dirt and blood, one still decorated with glowsticks, stand together looking scared at something unseen in front of them.


Released on 9 September

Iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg returns to sci-fi with his latest film Crimes of the Future, in cinemas from 9 September. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, the film takes a deep dive into the not-so-distant future where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. Showing at Showcase Cinema De Lux Leeds and other cinemas waiting to be confirmed. 


Previews 14 September

Fresh from sold out screenings at BFI Flare, writer-director Matt Carter’s assured debut feature explores life on and off the pitch at a gay rugby club in London. When an injured player from the A-team is selected to play with the Bs as part of his recovery, tensions are already high. Initial suspicion turns to physical lust for two of the team members and personal loyalties are stretched as they try to conceal the affair, not only from their own partners but also their teammates. See the preview of In From The Side at select VUE Cinemas in Leeds and Yorkshire.


Showing from 18 September

A surprise hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Alex Pritz’s debut documentary The Territory is an urgent and compassionate profile of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people and their fight for their homeland in the Brazilian Amazon. Their oasis of ancestral rainforest is under threat by encroaching deforestation and illegal settlers. Partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people themselves, the film combines intimate vérité footage and stunning cinematography to tell a vivid tale of global significance. Showing at Ilkley Cinema from 18 September.



Applications Now Open

You can now apply to volunteer for the Digital Content Team on this year’s Leeds International Film Festival, 3-17 November. Working closely with the Communications Team, you will help create content and promote LIFF 2022 through a variety of different roles including Film Crew, Photographers, Social Media Content Creators and Edit Assistants. You can also still apply to volunteer for Venue Assistant and Festival Runner roles. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 28 September, 8pm. 


Are you 16 to 19 years old and interested in film? The BFI Film Academy course is a great and unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of filmmaking, including sound design, editing and camera, and it takes you through the entire film production process from pitch to premiere. As part of the course, you will also gain the NCFE Level 2 qualifications for ‘Preparing to Work in the Film Industry’. Applications are open until Thursday 22 September 2022, 5pm.


As part of the preparation for our new Disability Futures Programme we are conducting a survey to find out more about the film festival and cinema experiences of disabled audiences in Leeds, which will help to inform improvements made to festival accessibility. All submitted surveys will be entered into a prize draw to win a £40 Amazon voucher.

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