Leiden Shorts is the second short film festival in the Netherlands. Over the last 12 years it has grown into a broad and high-quality festival. Every year, Leiden Shorts receives over 1200 submissions from over 70 countries around the world. Alongside our selection of short films from any genre, we curate different side events – such as lectures, workshops and events – and thematic programs every year. The 13th edition will take place 10-13 June 2021 in Kijkhuis, Leiden.

We believe in cinema as a tool for social change, and we want to become an outspoken figure in both Leiden and the Netherlands’ cultural scene. We fully embrace diversity and inclusivity, not only in culture but also in discipline, medium and expression.


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