We believe in the power of social change through visual means.

We fully embrace diversity, both within our team and in the programs we curate.

We want to be an inclusive and transparent organization, not only in our curatorial choices, but also in our ethic towards the filmmakers, our staff and the environment.

We promote narratives that are urgent in their content and/or unique in their form.

We curate programs as an expression of our core values: Passion, Open-mindedness, Creativity, Consistency, Respect & Environmentalism.


Amplify the voice of under-represented communities in the (international) film industry.

Shed a light onto relevant narratives that tackle social/political/environmental and cultural topics

Maintain diversity and inclusivity in both the festival’s program and team.

Create a cultural conversation that can be sustained within and outside of the festival/cinema space.

Be a platform for (the under-represented format of) short films.


Eliminate the boundary between filmmakers and audience by offering a space to meet and discuss films in a horizontal way.

Become an outspoken voice in the cultural scene of Leiden and the Netherlands.

Be an eye opener over important issues, by bringing the right narratives to the audience.

Become an international reference for our film and side events programme.