‘Fighting for a City’ Opens Leeds International Film Festival

'Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City' © Universal Pictures

October 11th

Leeds International Film Festival has announced the programme for its 32nd edition, taking place 1-15 November 2018. LIFF2018’s 330 screenings and events feature 17 UK Premieres, and two World Premieres including Opening Film ‘Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City’, made with investment from Screen Yorkshire. 40,000 attendees are set to attend the 15 day festival, the largest film festival for audiences in England outside of London.

Following Leeds’ featherweight boxer Josh Warrington over two years, ‘Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City’ opens LIFF2018 on Thursday 1 November as the Leeds 2023 Opening Film at Leeds Town Hall, with protagonist Josh in attendance. From Leeds-based Moneyglass Films and made with investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund, ‘Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City’ captures the sacrifices, struggles, surprises and joys involved in achieving sporting greatness, while also telling the story of a young man’s dedication to his family and to Leeds itself.

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We’re thrilled that Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City will have its World Premiere at the Leeds International Film Festival this year and look forward to bringing film and sport fans together to celebrate Josh Warrington’s success. It will be a very special night for Leeds and presents a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the city’s international sporting and cultural credentials.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive at Screen Yorkshire

'Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City' © Universal Pictures

'Josh Warrington: Fighting for a City' © Universal Pictures

Leeds International Film Festival is an epic 15-day celebration of the work of new talent and established filmmakers. We’re delighted to launch LIFF 2018 with the world premiere of a Leeds story from one of the city’s leading production companies and produced with the support of Screen Yorkshire, also based in the city. We can’t wait to share with Leeds audiences

Chris Fell, Director of Leeds International Film Festival

Also on Opening Night is the politically supercharged satire Sorry to Bother You which has its first screening in the UK outside of London, and a preview of Mike Leigh’s much-anticipated Venice Film Festival hit Peterloo, with Mike Leigh in attendance on Thursday 1 November. The Festival continues its legacy of showcasing Yorkshire-based talent in its Official Selection  with Bill Buckhearst’s Doncaster-set coming-of-age debut Pond Life receiving its World Premiere, and Iraq’s nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar The Journey by Leeds-based director Mohamed Al-Daradji and producers Human Film screens for the first time in the North. The Journey received development funding from Screen Yorkshire.

First-time feature directors from around the world receive their UK premieres in the Official Selection, including Eva Trobisch’s All Good (Germany), Muayad Alayan’s The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (Palestine/Netherlands/Germany/Mexico), Tonia Mishiali’s Pause (Cyrpus/Greece), and Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloïsi’s Sofia (Belgium/France/Qatar). Premieres from new talent complement a selection of festival hits from around the world including Cannes winners Capernaum and Shoplifters (the LIFF2018 Closing Film); Berlin Golden Bear award-winner Touch Me Not; Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book; and Widows from Steve McQueen, the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years a Slave.


The full LIFF2018 programme including tickets and passes is online at www.leedsfilmcity.com. Booking is available via the website, in person and by phone at Leeds City Centre Box Office on 0113 376 0318. Individual tickets are priced £6.00-£9.00. LIFF FULL passes give access to all screenings at the Festival for £100, with discount pass options for under 25s via the new LIFF BUZZ pass, and the new LIFF LITE booking option with discounts for those booking 6 tickets either for themselves or for a group.