About LIFF

About LIFF

Founded in 2006, the Leiden International Film Festival (LIFF) has become one of the leading film festivals in the Netherlands showcasing feature films that examine the border between art-house and mainstream from all over the world. The 2016 edition lasted 10 days and screened 100 films, including Toni Erdmann, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, I, Daniel Blake, Sing Street and The Salesman


American Indie Competition

The American Indie Competition is LIFF’s main competition that focuses entirely on American independent cinema. Young American talents who are yet unknown to international audiences are invited to enter the competition, where they can take their first steps into the global limelight. The competition films are selected from among the year’s newest productions.

Previous winners:
2016 - Burn Your Maps - Jordan Roberts
2015 - Me and Earl and the Dying Girl - Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
2014 - Whiplash - Damien Chazelle
2013 - Short Term 12 - Destin Cretton

Throughout the year

The LIFF devotes itself to define the cinematic image of Leiden throughout the year. By providing programs in collaboration with other events such as the Leiden Comedy Festival, the Museum Night or the ‘El Cid’ introduction week for students. But also by expanding our own programs such as the annual LIFF Summer Special – three days of open air cinema in Leiden.

European Network for Independent American Cinema

In 2014, the LIFF founded The European Network for Independent American Cinema together with the American Film Festival in Wroclaw and US in Progress Paris. Its mission is to promote American Independent productions throughout Europe by enhancing their visibility both among the public and within the industry, and encouraging their circulation. The Network works to fulfil this mission through its film festival members in Europe and its supporting partners in Asia and North America.

More information about the Network can be found here.