Join the Team!


Leiden Shorts is looking to fill the following volunteer positions:


(f/m/x | starting date 1/02/2022 | part-time volunteer with a fee)

We are looking for a financial management and fundraising officer who has a personal vision on fundraising for the creative sector. The fundraiser is able to sustain and grow the annual budget of the festival with a focus on outreach and audience growth. Collaboration with other relevant heads of departments and working closely with the Festival Director is seen as crucial for successful fundraising.

The financial manager/fundraiser can develop budgets independently, using input from other department heads and the Festival Director. Quarterly accounting and cash flow management will also be part of the job.

The chosen candidate will be instrumental in bringing strategic ideas and creative vision to Leiden Shorts in their activities. Candidates must have proven fundraising and budgeting experience for foundations. We support flexible working locations and hours, and welcome applications from under-represented groups.


Key responsibilities

In this position you will be the main responsible person for financial management and fundraising for the festival, including proposal writing and seeking innovative ways of strengthening the financial resilience of the festival. Currently our main funders are based in the Netherlands, so excellent verbal and written skills in Dutch language are required. You will execute your fundraising activities, as well as creating the annual budget, in close collaboration with department heads and the festival director. Account management and nurturing healthy, fruitful relationships with funders are also part of your responsibilities. You will report to the Festival Director and you are accountable to the Board of Directors, to whom you present your budget and financial overviews twice a year.



•    Write yearly proposals to our key funders

•    Come up with new opportunities for fundraising: funders, patrons, companies, sponsors, etc.

•    Establish an annual budget

•    Provide bi-annual financial overviews, in collaboration with the financial officer

•    Quarterly accounting

•    Cash flow management

•    Update funders on festival news, manage relationships with donors, write reports where required


Personal competencies and skills

•    Strategic thinker

•    Eye for detail

•    Innovative

•    Personable self-confidence, able to work independently

•    Able to take decisions, accountable and sense of ownership

•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Dutch and English; with sponsors & partners



Besides a keen interest in the cultural sector, we are looking for someone with:

•    Demonstrated experience in fundraising and budgeting;

•    Demonstrated innovative skills in fundraising;

•    Demonstrated experience working with other teams and/or individuals to develop new ideas

•    Desirable: experience working in the arts and culture sector


What we offer

An inspiring environment and a fun, experienced and international team of volunteers to work with. Leiden Shorts provides a unique platform to develop creative ideas and collaborate in the Dutch cultural sector and beyond. The role is on a part-time volunteer basis with a fee of 2000 euros. Further questions can be directed to the Festival Director:

Please send your motivation letter for this position along with a CV to by Monday 10 January at 5pm. If you have any questions you can reach out to Laura Quarto


You haven’t found something for you but you would still like to help…

We’re always looking for new volunteers to join the team as reviewers, side events curators, and administrative and financial tasks.  No particular experience is required for these positions, as long as you are passionate (about film), motivated, independent and open-minded.

Feel free to reach out at any time via and specify VACANCY VOLUNTEER GENERAL in the subject of the email.


You’d like to help during the festival days as a volunteer…

Are you passionate about events, photography, social media, or filmmaking? Do you want to meet great new people and contribute to an awesome festival?

We’re looking for volunteers to help us make our festival better than ever this year. If you’re free to join us in Leiden between the 9th and 12th of June 2022 or would like to help us in the run-up to the event, let us know. Our volunteers also get free access to the festival’s events!

You can share your interests and availability using the form here!