Leeds Young People's Film Festival – Our Picks | TQS Magazine

Whether you have kids or are just a big kid yourself you had better free up some time between 28th March – 5th April for this year’s Leeds Young People’s Film Festival. 2012 marks the 13th year of the festival which is dedicated to young people up to the age of 25, and features films made by and for young people. Here are our programme highlights:

We are Poets – Fri 30th Mar, 2012, 18:00 at Leeds Town Hall 

We Are Poets follows six remarkable teenage poets from Leeds Young Authors as they are chosen to represent the UK at Brave New Voices: the most prestigious poetry slam competition in the USA. We first heard about this film when a feature trailer was shown at Leeds based community cinema project Miniciné  and have been dying to check it out ever since.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Fri 30th Mar, 2012, 19:00 at Hyde Park Picture House 

Forget Sarah Michelle Gellar and that posh bloke from the coffee adverts, Buffy first appeared in this 1992 movie, which acts as a prequel to the TV series and stars a host of famous actors (Ben Affleck, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Rutger Hauer). You all know the story of the cheerleader/slayer of the undead but if you haven’t seen where it all started get yourself down to this screening for some trashy (you’ll see what I mean) fun.

Sing-a-longa Lion King – Sat 31st Mar, 2012, 13:15 at Hyde Park Picture House

Yes, you read that correctly. A sing-a-long screening of the Lion King. Words don’t exist that adequately describe how fun this will be.


Wall-E – Sun 1st Apr – 2012, 10:00 at Hyde Park Picture House

Second only to the Toy Story trilogy in TQS’ top Pixar list, Wall-E is a delightful space adventure told from the perspective of the hopelessly romantic cleaner-bot Wall-E. With almost no dialogue from the main protagonists and a simply beautiful dancing through space scene; Wall-E is a love story that can’t fail to capture anyone’s heart.

The Cabin in The Woods – Thu 5th Apr, 2012, 18:00 & 20.15 at Hyde Park Picture House

There’s a lot of hype surrounding Cabin in The Woods and Leeds Young People’s Film Festival are holding 2 exclusive preview screenings of  Joss Whedon’s latest offering. The less you know about this genre-bending film before you see it, the better so I won’t say much more than you should go check out what’s being billed as ‘mind blowing horror.

You can browse a full online programme over on their website, tickets are typically priced at around £5 and can be purchased here.