The Independent Directions Film Festival (INDIs) returns to Leeds from July 20-22, championing young creatives by giving them the opportunity to kick-start their careers in the media industry.
The only event of its kind in the north, the event will include three days of film screenings, panels, workshops, awards and networking opportunities focusing on new talent in film, TV and immersive technology.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“The return of the Independent Directions Film Festival to Leeds is an exciting opportunity for the city to celebrate its rich film history. Leeds was the birthplace of the moving image back in 1888 and is home to three universities with dedicated film departments, as well as Screen Yorkshire, BBC Yorkshire, and ITV Studios.
“This festival is a welcome addition to the growing film scene in Leeds. Through a colourful array of activities, the festival inspires our next generation of young filmmakers, equipping them with new skills and experiences.”
Filmmakers will also have the chance to gain hands-on skills at the virtual reality showcase, attend script surgeries hosted by Leeds’s own Kay Mellor (Fat Friends, In the Club) and Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye, and visit panels and networking events with industry leaders.
Film fans can see the latest emerging talent at the INDIs Filmmaker Awards where 44 per cent of selected films have at least one female director, putting the INDIs Festival at the forefront of resetting the gender balance in film direction.
Debbie Maturi, Director for Leeds Young Film said:
“The INDIs 2018 programme represents the change we want to see in the film industry of the future. While 50% of film school graduates identify as female, only 14% of working film directors in the UK are female: this disparity can and must change. The INDIs Film Festival is aimed at young people of all gender identities who will become the filmmakers of the future, and the festival offers opportunities for all to develop skills and knowledge from scriptwriting to virtual reality; an emerging area which Leeds Young Film is leading the way in. We are proud to demonstrate gender parity in our film programming, and speakers across our expert panels who will directly engage and inspire the future film workforce in Leeds this July.”
Gaming fans can experience breakout game Fortnite on the big screen at independent partner venue Hyde Park Picture House.
The INDIs Festival takes place across four venues in Leeds: Hyde Park Picture House, Live Art Bistro, Carriageworks Theatre and Studio 24 from July 20-22.
The full festival programme for the INDIs Festival 2018 is now available online at www.leedsfilmcity.com
Great value day tickets for just £5 and festival passes for £10 are available via the Leeds Film City website, from City Centre Box Office in person, or by calling 0113 376 0318.