International Short Film Festival Leuven


Years running: 27 (since 1995)

International Short Film Festival Leuven

International Short Film Festival in Belgium.


The festival programme consists of more than 120 screenings in 5 venues. The programme contains live action films, animated shorts, music videos, documentaries and non-narrative shorts. Every year, the festival  screens about 280 short films from all over the world, divided into 35 to 40 different compilations.

Leuven Short Film Fest is the yearly 'place to be' in December for film professionals in the Benelux and abroad and is, as Academy Award Qualifying festival since 2012, the main Belgian gateway to one of the most renowned award ceremonies worldwide. 



  • Jury Award for Best Live-Action Short Film: €1000 + Academy Award Qualifying for Best live-action Short Film;
  • Audience Award for Best Live-Action Short Film: €2000


  • Jury Award for Best Live-Action Short Film: 10.000€ shooting kit hire from Eye Lite + Academy Award™ Qualifying 
  • Audience Award for Best live-action Short Film: 2.000€ + 10.000€ post production support from Mikros Image and A-Sound
  • Jury Award for Best Debut Live-Action Short Film: 1.500€ 
  • Audience Award for Best Animation Short Film: 1.500€


  • Films finished after January 1st, 2020.
  • Majority European production for European competition and majority Flemish production for Flemish competition.
  • Duration: max. 40 min. 
  • Register your film via Filmfreeway.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official Website



A Vesaliusstraat 9C
Leuven 3000


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    February 01, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 15, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    August 15, 2021
  • Notifications
    November 08, 2021
  • Event Dates
    4 — 11 December 2021
Categories & Fees

Live action only. Duration: max. 40 min.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $8
  • Late Deadline — $11

− The Labo (experimental and/or non-narrative short film and video) − Short Films for Children and Animation Nations (animated short films). − Other programs tbc. Max. duration 30 min.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $8
  • Late Deadline — $11
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