Leiden Shorts

The Netherlands


We envision Leiden Shorts as both an alternative and sustainable creative space for national and international filmmakers to showcase their distinct voices. Our vision is in part to aid in the exploration of the storytelling power that short films have. Leiden Shorts aims to create a conversation that has far reaching impact sustained outside of the festival. 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.

Highlighting passionate work that explores underrepresented narratives through unique aesthetics is at the heart of our curatorial practice. Our central focus is on creating a diverse and cohesive experience where a variety of different media can come together, where technology in cinema is met with interactive documentaries, VR films and other groundbreaking media

Above all, Leiden Shorts views art as a self-sustaining cycle that simultaneously shapes communities while it is shaped by the communities it’s created in. Our film competitions, as well as our growing collaborations with international figures and arts festivals, are just some of the ways in which we move to transform the future of short film.

Event date

09.06.2022 ⟶ 12.06.2022

International Competition: €1000
National Competition: €500
Student Competition: €500
Audience Award: €500

Event Address
Kijkhuis Leiden Vrouwenkerksteeg 10
2312 WS Leiden
The Netherlands

Admin Address

Kijkhuis Leiden Vrouwenkerksteeg 10
2312 WS Leiden
The Netherlands

Entry fee: €4,5-€20,-

Laura Quarto

Festival Director

Laura Quarto was appointed Festival Director of Leiden Shorts as of October 2021. She first joined the festival in 2016 as a film programmer and became the Artistic Director in 2017. In this role, Laura represented the artistic voice of the festival, focusing on the programming side of films and events as well as the branding and outreach aspects. She is working as a film programmer for Movies That Matter, and has prior roles as producer of the Cinekid MediaLab as well as project manager and curator for Paradox, a nonprofit organization developing international documentary projects on contemporary issues.