Years running: 13 (since 2006)

Leids Film Festival

Leiden International Film Festival.


6 days, 150 productions, 7 venues and, in 2011, almost 25.000 visitors. Our Panorama programme includes a wide variety of films from all over the world, ten of which will compete for the award of the LFF — the Iron Herring.  Our audience will hand out a prize of € 10.000. The second Iron Herring award is reserved for new Dutch talent, that will be chosen from our ‘Hollandse Nieuwe’ shorts competition.

The program consists of international premieres, new art-house cinema, retrospectives, a special selection of Eastern European and Asian cinema and many side programs such as workshops, lectures, concerts, exhibitions and parties.


International Shorts:

  • Premiere status is not required
  • Length: max 25 minutes.
  • Works in progress are accepted.
  • Documentaries are not eligible for selection.

The Festival will pay for the return transportation charges, excluding any additional costs for tax and custom clearance in country of return.

Acceptance of a film does not guarantee airline tickets or hotel accommodations.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Ivo Wever, Program Coordinator




Official website



Breestraat 31
Leiden 2311 CH


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    January 01, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    July 15, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    August 12, 2018
  • Late Deadline
    September 02, 2018
  • Notifications
    October 02, 2018
  • Event dates
    2 — 11 November 2018
Categories & Fees

Length: max 25 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $14
  • Regular Deadline — $17
  • Late Deadline — $19
  • Earlybird Deadline — $14
  • Regular Deadline — $17
  • Late Deadline — $19
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