The 36th Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF) will run for two weeks from 3 November 2022, hosting seven sections of films in multiple venues in Leeds and in part online via the Leeds Film Player streaming platform.

In addition to the festival’s established programme sections, three additional categories of films will appear including ‘Disability Futures’. LIFF presents these films in partnership with Stewarts, the University of Leeds and the Wellcome Trust.

Dan Herman, Head of the Leeds Office at Stewarts, says:

“We are delighted to be able to support this year’s Leeds International Film Festival and, in particular, the Disability Futures season of films. As the leading catastrophic law firm in the country, many of our clients have significant disabilities – some seen, some unseen. We are therefore very proud to support the work of disabled filmmakers and films which seek to highlight disability issues.”

More information about the other categories of LIFF 2022, the schedule of events and volunteer opportunities are available at the official website.


Disability Futures

A new category for the 2022 festival, this section of films puts innovation at the centre, both in the use of technology and the representation of disability on screen.

LIFF says: “We celebrate films by disabled filmmakers who make creative use of film technology to share their perspectives, like Reid Davenport’s extraordinary debut I Didn’t See You There. We also focus on films involving the creative collaboration of disabled participants like Kathryn Isenberg in her son Adam’s deeply moving Eat Your Catfish.”

More new films will also be screened, with details to be confirmed. The section will also include older releases which challenge stereotypical representations of disability. Talks and panel discussions will address themes presented in the films, and there will be an additional ‘VR experience’ for attendees.


More on the Leeds International Film Festival

LIFF is one of three annual film festivals organised by Leeds Film. Films screened at LIFF qualify for nomination at some of the film industry’s most notable awards.

Founded in 1987, LIFF is the largest film festival in England held outside London. Some of the usual film categories include the Official Selection, screening highly-acclaimed and anticipated films that have often gone on to success at Cannes and other festivals; and Cinema Versa, a category for independent productions including human rights films.

Leeds Film is supported by the BFI Audience Fund, which aims to boost diversity and inclusivity and build a broad film culture across the UK. BFI Audience Fund recognises and values the quality of difference and seeks to rebalance under-representation on screen, in the workforce and in audiences.

Passes for the 2022 festival go on sale on 8 September. More information including the full programme will be available on the Leeds Film website on 6 October.



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