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Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 launches Animation Central

The full Leeds Young Film Festival 2016 (LYFF16) programme has been revealed on and features over a week of the best international films, animations, workshops and masterclasses.

LYFF16 takes place from 24-31 March 2016 at venues across the city, inviting young people and their families to discover a whole new world of cinema.

LYFF16 is lead by the newly launched Animation Central, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Taking place at Carriageworks Theatre over Easter weekend, Animation Central is a four-day programme of hands-on activity for young people aged 5-15, and forms the UK’s only dedicated event for young people and their families to create animation and digital projects using the latest technology.

It will feature workshops and masterclasses by artists behind Clangers, Bob The Builder, Mr Bean and Peppa Pig, as well as a special BAFTA Kids Adventure Time preview, and Minecraft, Lego Animation, Stop Motion and Blender Digital Effects workshops.

The programme has been co-curated by animator David Bunting, whose credits include Thunderbirds, The Tigger Movie and Shaun the Sheep.

The festival will also present the very best in new and classic cinema from around the world for young people, with short and feature films from 60 different countries.

Leeds Town Hall will be host to an opening night preview of Disney’s Zootropolis (Thursday 24 March, 6.00pm), as well as reprise screenings of both Star Wars – Episode VII: The Force Awakens and a double bill of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 on its giant screen, which makes it one of the largest screening venues in the North.

The Animation Central film programme will showcase a selection of animated feature favourites, including Frozen Sing-a-long, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal.

The city’s iconic Edwardian cinema The Hyde Park Picture House will feature a whole week of international cinema, including a closing preview of Selma Hayek-produced The Prophet.

Based on the popular poem anthology, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, the anticipated anthology film from Lion King director Roger Allers will screen on Thursday 31st March, 6.00pm with a live Skype Q&A from segment director Tomm Moore, Oscar-nominated in 2015 for both The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea.

The Hyde Park Picture House programme also includes a late evening 30th anniversary screening of James Cameron’s classic Aliens in partnership with Creatures of the Night; documentary He Named Me Malala, about a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate targeted by the Taliban; a selection of the best films from Leeds International Film Festival (Assassination Classroom, Breaking A Monster, Crow’s Egg); and 25th Anniversary Screenings of Delicatessen and Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs.

Together with Sneaky Experience LYFF16 will present two live cinema productions for older viewers. Leeds Town Hall will once again be transformed into The Film House for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for Grown-Up Kids, and will invite audiences to enrol in the Shawshank State Penitentiary for all-time favourite The Shawshank Redemption.


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