Leeds International Screendance Competition

by antonydunn on August 11, 2014

Maya Derren______________________________________

Leeds International Film Festival 2014



The city of Leeds is a leading national centre for dance and home to such organisations as Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Northern Ballet and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. For 2014, Leeds International Film Festival launches the Leeds International Screendance Competition as part of its Short Film City programme to showcase explorations of the site where choreography and cinematography meet. The winner of the competition will be decided by an expert jury and awarded a cash prize of £500.

The final submission deadline for dance shorts is Friday 19 September at midnight (UK time).  Films must be under 15 minutes and made in the last 18 months; submissions via secure online screener (Vimeo/YouTube) or DVD.

For single film submissions, filmmakers need to submit via the Leeds International Film Festival page on withoutabox.com and the fee for entry is £25. For multiple film submissions, filmmakers need to email leedsfilmfest@gmail.com with details.

Leeds International Screendance Competition is looking for innovative single screen shorts that explore the site where cinematography and choreography crossover. This could be screen-based work that features dance or it may not, but instead have a specific choreographic element in the edit itself. It could utilise new technologies, animation or web based work. We are not looking for ordinary documentation of a live dance on a proscenium stage, though we will consider live work creatively re-staged or reinterpreted specifically for the screen. How radically you interpret ‘choreography on a screen’ is up to you. We invite you to challenge our expectations and surprise us with your imagination !


Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) is one of the UK’s biggest film events and the largest in England after London. LIFF is one of only two British events that are Academy Award Qualifying Film Festivals, which applies to the long-running World Animation and Louis Le Prince International Short Film awards. LIFF is also a BAFTA Qualifying Film Festival for all selected UK shorts.

LIFF is a portal for audiences to discover the real world of film that exists beyond the limitations of mainstream film exhibition. LIFF primarily supports the work of outstanding, fresh new talent in fiction and documentary filmmaking (in both features and shorts) and in world genre cinema – and work from existing talent that has not received deserved exposure yet in the UK.

Founded in 1987 and hosted in the main city of the UK’s Yorkshire region, Leeds International Film Festival is renowned as a dynamic event with a reputation for challenging and innovative programming. Last year LIFF presented a huge variety of exceptional films at over 250 screenings and events at a wide variety of sites across the city, from cinemas and clubs to the newly customised, 1,000-capacity venue at Leeds Town Hall. LIFF is organised by Leeds Film, part of Leeds City Council, a local authority in the Yorkshire region of the UK. Leeds Film also organises Leeds Young Film Festival.


Short Film City is LIFF’s dedicated short film section including UK and international competitions. As both an Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying festival, LIFF showcases an extensive and diverse programme of shorts and the 28th edition will build on the success of last year’s expanded selection. A fact known to very few filmgoers, the city of Leeds was the location for the first ever moving images, produced in 1888 by Louis le Prince who disappeared mysteriously three years later before he could patent his inventions. Short Film City celebrate the achievement of the French pioneer through the Louis le Prince International Competition, presenting a series of programmes of outstanding visions from new and emerging talent. Alongside short fiction, there are special international categories for animated shorts and national competitions for the best new short films made in the UK and Yorkshire.

‘Every city should have a film festival like Leeds.’
Ken Loach

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