The Leeds International Film Festival is a much anticipated annual event for many and the good news is that it is still going ahead this year but in a slightly changed format. There will be less films and the venues will be at reduced capacity in order to be covid safe, but, for the first time, most of the films will be available online on the brand new Leeds Film Player.
“We are presenting the LIFF 2020 programme at Leeds Town Hall, Vue at The Light and City Varieties. At the magnificent Leeds Town Hall we are screening films in Victoria Hall, at Vue we are using three screens all with new luxury spacious seating, and we are partnering with Hyde Park Picture House on bringing LIFF 2020 to their sister venue City Varieties.
The venues have been operating with safety measures in place since re-opening including social distancing, requiring face coverings unless exempt, providing hand sanitiser stations, cleaning of seating and other surfaces after every show, and displaying NHS QR code posters. We have introduced additional seating measures for LIFF 2020 including extra distancing between seats and maximum group bookings of two people except for Leeds Young Film Festival family screenings. Details of safety measures in place for each venue will appear on your e-ticket when you book a film and please take note of the guidance and requirements before your visit.
We realise many of you will not be able to visit our venues in November and we are launching our new streaming platform Leeds Film Player so anyone can view the majority of the LIFF 2020 programme at home anywhere in the UK.
Introducing Leeds Film Player
For LIFF 2020 we are excited to be launching Leeds Film Player, a new streaming platform presented by Leeds Film and Leeds Young Film to host films online for our three film festivals: Leeds International Film Festival, Leeds Young Film Festival, and the INDIs.
Leeds Film Player will be available for the duration of LIFF 2020 via leedsfilm.com with over 150 feature films and shorts. You will be able to view many acclaimed fiction features and documentaries from the LIFF 2020 Official Selection, Cinema Versa and Fanomenon sections, all competition programmes in the Leeds Short Film Awards, and family films from Leeds Young Film Festival.”