The Leuven DisABILITY Film Festival is organizing its third short film competition.
The competition is open to everyone!

The Leuven DisABILITY Film Festival was established in 2009 with the aim of contributing to the realization of a more inclusive society. Central to the philosophy of the film festival is bringing people with and without disabilities together. Beyond screening films, the festival hosts public lectures and workshops which facilitate collaborative reflection and dialogue that not only questions but also challenges existing perceptions about persons with disabilities.

In this spirit, the festival introduced its first short film competition in 2022. The third edition will be part of the 14th edition of The Leuven DisABILITY Film Festival, which will be held at the public library of Leuven (Tweebronnen) from Tuesday 16th until Saturday 20th, April 2024. The central theme of the festival this year will be "Samenspel" ("Play together").
This year, the screening of the short films and the award ceremony will take place at the Cinema ZED for the first time.

All participants will receive a digital certificate of submission.

The films nominated by the jury members will be announced on February 19, 2024, and will be screened at the festival. Our jury is made up of people coming from diverse backgrounds: academics, national and international filmmakers, and various members of disability communities.

A Jury Prize, a Public Choice Prize, and a National Competition Prize for a film situated in Belgium will be awarded during the ceremony (19th April). Both winners will receive a prize. Only people directly linked to the winning film will be able to receive this prize.

• Films must be related to the topic of disability. Any genre can be accepted.

• We accept films that have been produced within the last 2 calendar years (since January 1st, 2022).

• Films must be submitted on the FilmFreeway platform at the latest at 23:59 (UTC+1), February 4th, 2024.

Please consult the information below for a more detailed explanation.


Films must comply with the following requirements to be eligible:

• Films shouldn’t be longer than 40 minutes.

• All the films must be subtitled in English. Extra subtitles in other languages (preferably in Dutch) might be added.

• Films must be available for evaluation and festival screening on .mp4.

• You should provide us with a link and the login data to your film on Vimeo or another platform.

• Please be aware that if selected you will be required to submit an audio description channel for your film to be projected.


Films must be submitted through the FilmFreeway page of the festival. All the submissions must contain the following details:

• Title of the film

• Release year

• Length of the film

• Language(s)

• Synopsis of the film, max. 2 pages (including information on why the film is in line with the mission of the festival)

• Nationality of the director and/or producer

• Contact details (phone number and email address) of the director and/or producer

Submissions that do not contain the details above will not be taken into consideration.


The copyright holder(s) will authorize the organizers to screen their film for free at the film festival and make a copy of the film. Please send the organizers any existing subtitles and/or audio descriptions.


In case of exceptional circumstances (such as the Covid-19 pandemic), where the decisions taken by the Belgian authorities would prevent the physical organization of the festival, the organizers will ensure the festival can take place virtually on an online secure web platform.


The person who is responsible for submitting the film agrees to have read and accepted these rules and terms. Please visit our website to download the regulations form and send this document to with the subject “Submission - Leuven DisABILITY Short Film Competition” after filling in the details and signing it.