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Leeds Young Film Festival celebrates success

The festival celebrates the best young filmmakers as it closes for another year.

Leeds Young Film Festival

Leeds Young Film Festival is over for another year and has celebrated the greatest Young filmmaker success stories and cinema’s greatest milestones.  Film lovers enjoyed film screenings, workshops, masterclasses and award ceremonies.

Special guests at the festival included director Wiktor Skrzynecki; Emmerdale’s Dominic Brunt and the BBFC’s Heidi Renton, teaching about how dark urban superhero tale Chronicle was given its age classification.

The festival workshops were a success with over 20 films being created.  There were two award ceremonies: Leeds Young Filmmakers Golden Owl Awards which were at the beginning of the festival and the INDIs (Independent Directions) Awards.

The festival had a grand finale on Friday 5th April where all the films created during the festival were shown as well as the Golden Owl Winners at the Film Festival Showcase.

The Film Festival can announce Festival winners for the films that were enjoyed the most by the two young juries, by the audience and for The INDIs Awards.

Younger Jury Award: Alfie the Little Werewolf + The Odd Life of Timothy Green (joint winners)

Older Jury Award: Approved for Adoption
Audience Award: Beasts of the Southern Wild

The winners at the Golden Owls Awards were:

  • Westgate Primary
  • Calverley Parkside Primary School
  • Seth Powell (9)
  • Sanctuary Housing
  • Amy Beedle (14)
  • 1st Stanningley Scout Troop (13)
  • Carr Manor Community School (14-16)
  • Oliver Broadbent (18)
  • William Burns (13) and Luke Moran (13), won the Mediafish Perspective Award

Winners of the INDIs at the 14th Leeds Young People’s Film Festival were:

Under 10
Zion Jeffers (8)

Amy Beedle (14)

Kara Nelson (18)

Kingsley Hoskins (22)

IAC Overall Prize
Kingsley Hoskins (22)  

For more information about this year’s Leeds Young Film Festival you can visit


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