Join the Team!


Leiden Shorts is looking to fill the following volunteer positions:


(f/m/x | part-time | volunteer with fee)

After 14 successful editions, Leiden Shorts is ready to take on a new direction in the next stage of its existence. Therefore, Leiden Shorts is seeking a professional, creative leader to take the festival’s vision and support for short film to the next level. 

We are looking for a Festival Director who provides a personal vision to the festival and re-establishes a new creative direction in accordance with the current movements in filmmaking and society. The Festival Director is able to grow the festival with a focus on outreach and audience numbers, collaborate with other festivals, and engage in the Dutch arts and cultural sector. 

The chosen candidate will be instrumental in bringing strategic ideas and creative vision to all Leiden Shorts activities, bringing these to fruition whilst leading and inspiring the festival team.

Candidates must have proven management capabilities, excellent multi-tasking skills, a love of short films and a broader interest in (inter)national art and culture scene. We support flexible working locations and hours, and welcome applications from under-represented groups.

Key responsibilities

As the festival director you will develop and lead a team of around five heads of departments. The new organizational structure is available in draft and will be developed further in collaboration with one core team member and the Leiden Shorts board of directors.

Vision, Strategy and Leadership

Team Development and Management 


Personal competencies

Knowledge and experience

Besides a palpable passion for films and the art and science of filmmaking, we are looking for:

The average workload per year is one day per week. The peak of the work is four months in advance of the festival, for which an average commitment of 20 hours per week is expected. 

What we offer

An inspiring environment and a fun, experienced and international team of passionate  volunteers to work with. Leiden Shorts provides a unique platform to develop creative ideas and collaborate with the Dutch cultural sector as well as with the international festival circuit. You will visit other film festivals in the Netherlands and possibly abroad. The role is on a freelance basis with an expected volunteer fee for each festival cycle of EUR 8000. Further questions can be directed to the secretary of the board:

Please send your motivation letter for this position along with a CV to the board of directors via by Friday 13 January 2023 at 5pm.



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.