Film festival treat for children with 'Ugly Duckling' premiere

CHILDREN from Leeds will get the chance to attend the UK premiere of a computer animated film inspired by a classic fairytale.

The screening of The Ugly Ducking and Me, an animated re-telling of the Hans Christian Anderson classic, The Ugly Duckling, will open the annual Leeds Young People's Film Festival, which this year takes place between March 29 and April 6.

Presented by Leeds City Council, the event will feature a spectacular selection of new films from around the world made especially for young people. The film festival will also include a huge range of film-related workshops and young people from all over the city will have the opportunity to get involved.

Festival-goers will also get the opportunity to be the first in the country to see such films as Wild Chicks, a comedy adventure about a girl gang in Germany, and The Lost Treasure of the Knight's Templar, a Danish cross between Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code.

An actor will read the sub-titles aloud for the benefit of younger children.

There will also be the chance to see classic movies for young people on the big screen including the fantasy adventure Labyrinth, starring David Bowie.

Leeds Town Hall will play host to a free screening of the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, in which former US Vice-President Al Gore presents a wide array of information on global warming.

Young people will also have their chance of cinematic glory as inventive and imaginative short films will be screened as part of the 4th Leeds National Young Film-makers Award, with a panel of film professionals offering helpful advice.

Young film-makers will also get the chance to take part in Film Academy workshops, including tips on how to use mobile phone technology to create short films.

The Northern Film School, part of Leeds Metropolitan University, is the title sponsor of the film festival.

Council leader Andrew Carter said: "There really is something for all young people at this festival... It is also an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in a career in the film industry to give it a go and see whether they might like it."

The Ugly Duckling and Me will open on Thursday, March 29 at the Vue Cinema, Cardigan Fields, Leeds.

All the information about screenings and workshops can be found in a festival brochure available from today in venues including Gateway Tourist Information Centre, in Leeds City Station, The Carriageworks Theatre, City Art Gallery and the Town Hall. Details are also on website

Tickets can be bought by visiting or calling 0113 224 3801.