Leeds Young People’s Film Festival 2011

Originally published on Tues 15 March 2011 at http://www.digyorkshire.com/HighlightDetails.aspx?Article=1162

Now in its twelfth year, the Leeds Young People’s Film Festival kicks off on March 28th, with some special surprises in store for young and old alike. Visitors will be treated to films from around the world made both for and by young people, plus there will be workshops and masterclasses from film industry insiders.

Guests at this year’s festival will be able to take a sneak preview of the new 3D blockbuster Rio, from the makers of the hit Ice Age series. There’ll also be a special day of anime films, with a pre-screening discussion from expert Jonathan Clements for fans wanting to know more. Other highlights include the charming stop-motion A Town Called Panic and Adam Elliot’s dark animation Mary and Max featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Younger film fans will be enthralled by Ploddy the Police Car Makes a Splash, as he battles to save his town from the dastardly Badger brothers.

Big-name guests include Fast Show creator and star Charlie Higson, discussing his new zombie thriller series The Enemy and his love of all things horror. Rachel Hurd-Wood (Perfume, Dorian Gray, Solomon Kane) will also introduce a special preview of her new film Tomorrow, When the War Began, a dramatic story based on the best-selling books.

That’s not all – there’s a Harry Potter day for Hogwarts fans and the prestigious National Young Filmmaker’s Award showcase – plus more films than there’s room to write about!

If you’re a young person and you’re interested in film, then don’t miss this amazing festival! Full details of the programme can be found at www.leedsyoungfilm.com.

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