Founded in 2006, the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) has become one of the leading film festivals in the Netherlands showcasing feature films that examine the border between arthouse and mainstream from all over the world. The 2023 edition lasted 11 days.

The 19th edition of LIFF will take place from 10 to 20 October.

For all the three subsections of shorts will be a prize in the form of €250,-, this is a contribution to the production budget of the winner’s next film. Our three sections are these:
The Extraordinary shorts (previously BONKERS!)
The Independent shorts
The Emerging shorts

Length: max 25 minutes.

Production must have ended after December 31st, 2022.

All languages are accepted, but English subtitles are required with non-English spoken films.

Entry fee is nonrefundable.

Rough cuts and works in progress are accepted.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each must be submitted separately.

Documentaries are not eligible for selection.

DVDs and entry materials (if appropriate) will not be returned.

Filmmaker will assume shipping costs of material and print to the Leiden International Film Festival.

Films that are accepted in the program will be notified at least one month before the festival.

The selection committee's decisions are final.

Due to COVID-19, there is an unpredictability to our screenings. The festival will do everything in its power to organize cinema screenings of the selected shorts, but there is still a possibility we might only be able to screen the shorts on a digital platform. Entrants agree that entry fees are nonrefundable even if this possibility occurs.

LIFF reserves the right to make any necessary changes in event scheduling or programming.

Entrants agree to indemnify and hold us, including our employees, our officers, and our partners and affiliates harmless against all claims arising out of entry or participation in the Leiden International Film Festival.

All responses by LIFF will be made by email.

By submitting your film to the Leiden International Film Festival you agree that you have read, understood, and agree to all the aforementioned festival rules and guidelines.

For more information, contact Bas Postmus: or via

Overall Rating
  • Thank you so much for this amazing experience!

    April 2024
  • Sander van Dijk

    Quality festival with nice, professional people,

    November 2022
  • A very nice atmosphere, I was recieved politely when I arrived. Happy to be included in the festival!

    November 2022
  • Great festival, I had an amazing time and I felt really honored to be a part of this festival. The LIFF crew was super welcoming and helped me with everything I needed - from tickets to other screenings to drinking a beer and getting to know the city. I will definitely come back. Thanks!

    December 2021
  • Great festival, great line-up great people!!

    November 2021