27 oct - 5 nov 2017

4 reasons you need to visit LIFF


Discover the great
directors of tomorrow

When Bradley (Vince Vaughn like you've never seen him before) lands in jail after a drug deal gone wrong and an intense firefight with the police, that is only the beginning... His enemies force him into increasingly violent actions, and slowly prison changes into a battle field. Not for the faint-hearted!

After 2015’s Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry enters the American Indie Competition once again with this tale of a young Australian woman (Emily Browning) who upsets the lives of two New York families. Her arrival causes a disruption in the balance between the two, resulting in a typical Brooklyn movie. Awkwardness is entertainment, and eruptions of ne

Married couple Anna (Lister-Jones, known for her role in New Girl AND an old friend of our very own festival, that she visited to promote her film Breaking Upwards in 2009) and Ben (Pally) fight constantly. Until one day they come up with the brilliant idea to start a band and use their arguments as songwriting inspiration. Band Aid offers an honest, in

You’ll be the first to discover all of your friends’ favorite directors, right here at LIFF. Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) won the LIFF competition back in 2012 with Safety not Guaranteed. Ryan Coogler reanimated the Rocky-franchise with Creed a year after LIFF played his debut Fruitvale Station. Actor John Boyega had his big break in Leiden with Imperial Dreams – a year before his leading role in the new Star Wars saga.



You can visit the cinema anywhere and anytime you want. That’s why LIFF has more than that. Over the past few years we watched tropical movies in a broiling greenhouse, historical movies on an actual Greek temple, the licentious Spring Breakers in a pool (party included), and much more. LIFF plays movies like nobody else, and this year is no different. The crazier, the better.

Approximately 100 movies will compete for your attention. Be sure to visit our Audience Opening if you want to see our visitors' favorite. In recent years we kicked off with Le Tout Nouveau Testament (2015) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). Both movies garnered consistently high scores from our visitors throughout the festival. In 2017, our opening

Friday 27 October
19:00 - 21:00 Trianon 1
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The movie about the worst movie ever made. Won prize for best movie at the San Sebastian film festival. Followed by the worst movie ever made. Just trust us: you do not want to miss this exclusive premiere.

Thursday 2 November
19:30 - 21:15 Trianon 1
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In collaboration with Naturalis We all know the scene: Snow White takes a bite from the poisoned apple and... falls down.But look! She is saved by the prince! Obviously, an apple is not poisonous. It was MADE poisonous by the Evil Queen! But how does this work in nature? Are there really any fruits and veggies that are poisonous?

Wednesday 1 November
14:00 - 15:23 Trianon 2
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You're so close!

No matter where you live, you’ll be at the LIFF in no time. And if you’re a Cineville member, the festival is free!

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Leiden is a beautiful city for sight-seeing in between movies. Visit one of our city’s many museums before the screening. Afterwards, discuss the film over a drink or meal at one of our festival’s partners.