Film Entry

Submissions for the 18th edition of Leiden International Film Festival are now closed. Curious to know which films are selected for the LIFF shorts programs? The full film program will be announced on October 6th.

Independent Shorts

The Independent program is a celebration of the best stories from all over the world. The program is looking for independent voices that are completely themselves. These shorts are extremely varied but belong together because of their distinctive storytelling. The winner of LIFF 2023 is Our Males and Females by Ahmad Alyaseer.

Emerging Shorts

The Emerging Shorts program is aimed at emerging filmmakers, such as first-time filmmakers. We are looking for bright young filmmakers who want to share their vision, ideas or idiosyncrasies with our audiences. Every type of short fiction film is eligible, but shorts that stand out by being just a little different are preferred. The winner of LIFF 2023 is The Old Young Crow by Liam LoPinto.

Extraordinary Shorts

Extraordinary Shorts has solidified itself as an unmissable part of the festival. This category is suitable for all films that will either get a very low or a very high score from audiences: films that are completely bonkers. Whether they are absurd, shocking, or hilarious, they make audiences ask themselves: “What did I just watch?” The winner of LIFF 2023 is Gnomes by Rowan Hegelian.

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 2022 edition lasted 11 days and screened over 100 films.

The 18th edition of LIFF will be from October 26 to November 5, 2023.