Awards & Jurors

 

International Award

This category accepts shorts from all genres, which are not already eligible to compete for the Student or National award. Between 5 and 10 films, pre-selected by the Leiden Shorts programming team, will be judged by a professional international jury. The winner will receive a cash prize of € 1000.

National Award

Films submitted in this category compete for the National Award. To qualify for this category the film must be: (1) produced in/funded by the Netherlands or (2) the director and/or the main producer must be based in the Netherlands. This new competition, started in 2020, aims to support Dutch film and to make it more accessible to the (inter)national public. Between 5 and 10 films of this category are pre-selected by our programming team and will be judged by a professional jury. The winner will receive a cash prize of € 500.

Student Award

This category accepts submissions from registered (film) students. With the Student Award, Leiden Shorts’ aims to stimulate the next generation of film directors and to offer them a helping hand to kick start their career. Between 5 and 10 films by young directors are pre-selected by our programming team and will be judged by a professional jury. The winner will receive a cash prize of € 500.

Audience Award

All films screened during the festival compete for the audience award and have the chance to win a cash price of € 500.

 

The Jury

International Award Jury

Roosje van der Kamp

Roosje van der Kamp (1995) is a philosopher, essayist, and journalist based in Amsterdam, specifically interested in the intersection of film and philosophy. Roosje is a film critic for the Amsterdam based Dutch daily newspaper Het Parool and an editor for the independent film magazine de Filmkrant.

Louis Hothothot

Louis Hothothot is a film artist, graphic designer and writer. In 2021, his film “Four Journeys” was the opening film at IDFA2021. In 2018, he received 3package Deal Young Talents in Amsterdam. He was trained as a graphic designer at China Central Academy of Fine Arts (2004-2008), as a video artist at Dutch Art Institute (2012-2014), and as a film artist in the Netherlands Film Academy (2015-2017). Louis Hothothot focuses his research on film narrative and cinematic language. His subjects are “body and movement”, “belonging, emotion, identity and politics”. His cinematic language research combines graphic design, video art, animation and performance. He regularly shows his art pieces in cinema, film festivals, museums, and theatres so on.

Bianca Lucas

Of Polish and Australian origin, Bianca Lucas was born in 1989. She is a filmmaker and film programmer. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, the University of London in 2010 with a degree in Media and Communications and a specialisation in Film Studies. In 2017, she graduated from a three-year filmmaking course at the Film.Factory, Sarajevo Film Academy helmed by Hungarian director Béla Tarr in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Throughout her studies, she has been mentored by lauded Arthouse directors such as Carlos Reygadas, Gus Van Sant, Abel Ferrara, Pedro Costa, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Guy Maddin, Agnieszka Holland, Juliette Binoche, Gael Garcia Bernal, Tilda Swinton and many more. Her short films have been screened at festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New Horizons International Film Festival, Premiers Plans d’Angers, and Winterthur Internationale Kurzfilmtage. In her capacity as programmer and department head, Bianca also works with the Sarajevo Film Festival and EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam.

National Award Jury

Yannis Sakaridis

Yannis’ career has spanned thirty years in film production. He is the director of “Amerika Square”, Greece’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominations 2018 and he is Creative Director of Drama International Short Film Festival. Yannis lived in London for 18 years where he has directed and edited documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC and Cinema trailers. His debut feature film “Wild Duck” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. “Amerika Square” was released in the USA, China, Spain, UK, HBO and was screened and awarded at a number of festivals.

Patricia Werneck Ribas

Patricia Werneck Ribas (BR/NL) is an artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam (NL). She has participated in several exhibitions and screenings in The Netherlands and abroad including: the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL); Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL); Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL); Reykjavik International Film Festival (IS); National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (IS); 29th dokumentART European Film Festival(DE); Tampere Film Festival (FI); Bideodromo (ES); Kansk Video Festival (RU).

Jasper Tonnon

Jasper Tonnon is an actor turned film journalist turned film critic based in Amsterdam. He has been working as a film journalist for over 10 years. He started out as an intern at VPRO Cinema and thereafter continued to work within the VPRO, keeping close ties with VPRO Cinema. After a couple of years, he began working as a film programmer for the NTR, programming movie nights on one of their channels. He also became head programmer for the Scenecs International Film Festival in Amersfoort and Hilversum. Three years later, he worked as an internal critic for Netflix for another three years. Then he returned to journalism and became the host of the VPRO Cinema Podcast. He is now a freelance journalist, touring festivals, and co-host of the oldest film podcast in The Netherlands, MovieInsiders. Jasper is a true film lover and spends most of his time in cinemas in Amsterdam or at festivals having drinks with colleagues.

Student Award Jury

Yannis Sakaridis

Yannis’ career has spanned thirty years in film production. He is the director of “Amerika Square”, Greece’s official selection for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominations 2018 and he is Creative Director of Drama International Short Film Festival. Yannis lived in London for 18 years where he has directed and edited documentaries for Channel 4 and BBC and Cinema trailers. His debut feature film “Wild Duck” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. “Amerika Square” was released in the USA, China, Spain, UK, HBO and was screened and awarded at a number of festivals.

Ali Shobeiri

Ali Shobeiri is Assistant Professor of Photographic Studies and Visual Arts Theory at Leiden University. His current research and publications are in the fields of photography theories, philosophy, visual and material culture, and human geography. He is the author of ‘Place: Towards a Geophilosophy of Photography’ (Leiden University Press, 2021) and co-editor of ‘Animation and Memory’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). His upcoming co-edited book is called: ‘Psychosomatic Imagery: Photographic Reflections on Mental Disorders’ (2022).

Cyan Bae

Cyan Bae (1993, KR) is a visual artist, filmmaker and PhD candidate in International Political Sociology at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. Her research examines the role of affective computing in security politics, integrating methods from filmmaking, visual journalism, and graphic design. She holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art and Design with Distinction from the Non-Linear Narrative programme at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL), a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Design from Sungkyunkwan University (KR). Her film Dear Chaemin has been screened at inter/national film festivals and awarded Grand Prize at Seoul International Women’s Film Festival, National Award at Leiden Shorts, and Pandemic Chronicles Award at The Hague Film Festival.