Leiden International Short Film Experience


Years running: 13 (since 2009)

Leiden International Short Film Experience

International short film festival.


LIsFE has offered both local and international visitors a high-quality selection of short films from across the globe, ranging from works of fiction to documentaries and animated films, directed by professional and cinema/media school student filmmakers. This has allowed our audience to discover internationally acclaimed works as well as short films by promising newcomers. The festival is organized around a competition in which a jury as well as the audience award the best films with a prize acknowledging the work of the most talented filmmakers. 

The key to LIsFE’s success is its threefold purpose:

  • To allow people to have a complete and in-depth experience of short films, a creative and vibrant yet often overlooked part of cinematography,
  • To support the next generation of filmmakers by introducing the works of cinema school students to a wider audience,
  • To create a cultural event that can bring together both the local and the international people of Leiden (all films are subtitled in English).


  • Critics Choice
  • Audience Choice
  • Best Student Film
  • Best film from each submission category


  • Films should have been completed after and including January 2019
  • Submission to the Festival is open to all kinds of short films (animated, documentaries etc.).
  • Films must be a maximum of 30 mins in length.
  • Submit via Filmfestivallife, Festhome or Filmfreeway.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Melissa Delmee Maletras (FESTIVAL COORDINATOR)




Official Website




Groenesteeg 38, 
2312TM, Leiden, 

Email: info@lisfe.nl

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    September 02, 2019
  • Deadline
    December 20, 2019
  • Notifications
    March 20, 2020
  • Event Dates
    14 — 17 May 2020
Categories & Fees
  • Deadline — $10
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  • Deadline — $10

Submission to the Festival is open to all kinds of short films (animated, documentaries etc.). The duration of the films should not exceed 30 minutes.

  • Deadline — $10
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