The 29th Leeds International Film Festival gets underway on Bonfire Night for 15 days across numerous city venues, packing in a multitude of genres to suit all tastes, including Fanomenon Day of the Dead and Fanomenon Anime Day.

The festival opens with the John Crowley directed romantic drama Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina). Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent also appear. John Crowley’s earlier works include Boy A, Intermission and Closed Circuit.

Highlights for 2015 include a specially filmed interview with horror maestro John Carpenter, which precedes the screening of The Thing, his 1982 classic starring Kurt Russell. A retrospective of John Carpenter’s films will also be shown, including Big Trouble in Little China, Escape from New York, The Fog and They Live. If that's not enough for you, there's also a tie-in exhibition of his iconic film posters at North Bar to keep you happy.

As in other years, a silent movie classic with live organ accompaniment will be screened free of charge. The 2015 offering, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920), is a masterpiece in German expressionist cinema and looks set to be yet another popular event, so get your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

A full festival pass, giving access to all screenings at all venues, will set you back just £95 for a single or £170 for a double, which is excellent value for money for all you true film buffs out there, though exclusions may apply for special events with limited capacities.

The festival closes with Carol, the acclaimed period drama set in New York during the 1950’s, which stars Rooney Mara (Pan) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine). Todd Haynes (I’m Not There) directs.

The complete Leeds International Film Festival programme is available online at or you can request a free 104 page guide to be delivered free of charge by emailing your full name and address to The guide is also available for collection, while stocks last, from venues, information centres, cafes, bars and other locations across West Yorkshire.