The world’s first films were made in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince and today the city is a leading centre for film culture located in the heart of Yorkshire, a major European region for filmmaking.

Part of Leeds City Council, and funded by the British Film Institute and Creative Europe, Leeds Film delivers three film festivals: the Academy Award and BAFTA qualifying Leeds International Film Festival (November); the UK's largest family film event, Leeds Young Film Festival (Easter); and the new Independent Directions Film Festival (July).

Leeds Film also delivers: Leeds Film City, the audience development initiative that supports all film culture in the city region; projects and programmes for young people including the Golden Owl Awards, Leeds BFI Film Academy and the YA Network; and the Leeds Short Film Awards with seven regional, national and international competitions.

Leeds Film partnership activities around the UK in 2017 included three projects with Transformative Film Culture for Hull and film touring to Sheffield, Nottingham, Bristol and Belfast.