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INDIs 2018

Independent Directions Film Festival (the INDIs) returns to venues across Leeds, the birthplace of the moving image, from 20 - 22 July to inspire and help shape the future of the film industry. Curated for 16-30 year olds, the festival celebrates and nurtures new talent in independent British and International cinema through film screenings, virtual reality experiences, industry panels, workshops and networking. At the heart of the Festival is the INDIs Awards, championing young and independent filmmakers who are in with a chance of winning up to £750 worth of prizes.


The INDIs is dedicated the future of film, showcasing and championing talent, and BEING the change we want to see in the film industry:

  • We provide the unique opportunity to see amazing films you might not find at the multiplex, and will inspire your own work
  • We have a longstanding commitment to equality and diversity: 50% of films in our programme are directed by women
  • We celebrate and share new and diverse filmmaking through the unique INDIs Filmmaking Awards
  • We are leading the way in working with virtual reality and  immersive technology, providing opportunities and skills for the next generation of talent
  • We bring the industry experts and trail-blazing directors, writers and creatives who have made it big in the industry to the North, so that access to industry expertise is not exclusive to those based in London
  • We strive for opportunity for all: we work with our audiences year-round to ensure our programme is meaningful and accessible, with great value day tickets just £5 and festival passes for £10.