Leeds international film festival, an event taking place over 15 days, will this year be celebrating the 31st annual event since its foundation in 1987. In 2015 the festival hosted 40,000 visitors from all over the world, and it is now the largest festival of its kind outside the capital, and it has grown to be a leading centre for film culture. The festival offers a large variety of arts venues in state of the art cinemas as well as offering exciting film programming in events and film festivals for all ages. It is divided into 5 sections. These are: Official selection, retrospective, cinema versa, phenomenon, and short film city. The importance of LIFF as an event is illustrated by the fact that it is a qualifying film festival for the academy awards. LIFF is supported by Leeds City council with the festival office being in the city hall, encouraging individuals and groups within the community to organize their projects.