Film entry

Submit your film for LIFF 2020

Submissions for the 15th edition of the Leiden International Film Festival are open. Submit your film now for LIFF 2020! 

Early bird deadline: Jul 29, 2020   
Regular deadline: Aug 26, 2020   
Late deadline: Sept 15, 2020 
Notification: Oct 1, 2020 

We accepts submissions through our partners of FilmFestivalLife and FilmFreeway.

American Indie Shorts

Short films from North America. Young American talents who are yet unknown to international audiences are invited to the selection, where they can take their first steps into the global limelight.


BONKERS! Shorts has its sophomore year in 2020, due to its popularity last year! This category is suitable for all films that will either get a very low or very high score from audiences. Films that you can make no sense of, films that are completely BONKERS. Whether they are absurd, shocking, hilarious or make audiences ask themselves: "what did I just watch?".


All over the World Shorts are a celebration of the best shorts made all over the world. We are looking for bright young filmmakers who want to share their vision, ideas or idiosyncrasies with their audiences. Every sort of fiction short is eligible, but a film with a very clear own voice is preferred. There is a prize for Best Short in the All Over The World Shorts. The winner gets a contribution for the production budget of their next film. The prize money is €500.

About LIFF

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 2019 edition lasted 10 days and screened over 100 films.

The 15th edition of LIFF will be from October 29 till November 8.