Stewarts is delighted to be a partner of the 37th annual Leeds International Film Festival and sponsor the LIFF Shorts category in 2023.

A qualifying festival for some of the world’s most prestigious film awards, Leeds International Film Festival presents an extensive and diverse programme that celebrates new filmmaking talent from around the world. This year’s festival takes place 3-19 November.

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

“We are delighted to partner with Leeds International Film Festival again this year, sponsoring the LIFF SHORTS section. The festival is a longstanding example of Leeds as a world city, showcasing the work of talented filmmakers from across the UK and beyond. Having been based in Leeds for 20 years, we have witnessed the growth of the city as a hub for international business and culture, with the teams at Stewarts’ Leeds office conducting some of the largest and most significant cases on behalf of UK and overseas clients. ”

Stewarts has partnered with the Leeds International Film Festival since 2022. As part of our commitment to supporting the arts in Leeds, we have previously sponsored the relaunch of Leeds Art Gallery and the exhibition of Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences at Temple Newsam House. In London we have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Royal Academy Schools, providing a scholarship and bursary to a postgraduate student and sponsoring the RA Schools Show.


What is the Leeds International Film Festival?

This year’s festival features an extensive and diverse programme presented across seven sections over 17 days, including three full weekends for the first time. Ten venues including the restored Hyde Park Picture House will host films this year. The full programme is now available to download.



LIFF SHORTS 2023 is the new name of the programme section dedicated to short films. It opens on 8 November with the Yorkshire Short Film Competition, returning to the recently reopened Hyde Park Picture House. From 9 to 11 November, LIFF presents six more short film competitions including the Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition – named after the Leeds pioneer who made the world’s first moving images in 1888 – and the World Animation Competition.

LIFF SHORTS 2023 also includes the British Short Film Competition and competitions for screendance, queer shorts, and music videos. LIFF SHORTS 2023 closes on 11 November with the awards event at Howard Assembly Room; LIFF will announce and screen the winning films for all seven competitions as judged by the juries. LIFF will also present most of the short film selection on the streaming platform Leeds Film Player until 19 November.


Other programme sections

In addition to LIFF SHORTS, film categories in the Leeds International Film Festival include:

  • Official Selection: previews of many of the most talked about new films of the year and UK Premieres of films from exciting new filmmakers in the feature film competition. LIFF 2023 will open with Poor Things, the Venice Golden Lion winner starring Emma Stone and from director Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Cinema Versa: a selection of the best new documentaries, many highlighting diversity and revealing different perspectives.
  • Fanomenon: fantasy, horror, sci-fi, dark comedy, animation, the indefinable, and more back this year with a bigger line-up.
  • Thrill Rides: a selection of famous and not-so famous thrillers set on trains and at stations, or featuring classic train sequences, or where a train is an ominous background presence.
  • Cinema Amour: a programme of new documentaries, archive films and talks exploring ‘cinephilia’, or the love for film and cinemas.
  • Rear View: a big-screen collection of 4K restorations of rarely-screened archive films, classics from the Netherlands as part of Dutch Discoveries, and film favourites screening for free.



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