Leiden International Film Festival
The 8th edition of the LIFF will be from the 1th till 10th of November 2013.
In 2006, the Leiden International Film Festival started as an initiative of four friends to improve cinematic offerings in Leiden. In seven years, the festival has grown to an annual event with 27.500 visitors and a strong place on the Dutch festival circuit. From the very start of the festival, the focus of the LIFF has been on films which examine the border between art-house and mainstream. This not only gives the festival a very distinctive place between other film festivals in the Netherlands, the Leiden audience had always been very receptive for this type of cinema.
American Indie Competition
With our focus on the international cross-over films, we noticed a great revival of American independent cinema. More of these films where selected in our program each year, and the Leiden audience responded especially well to the American independent films in our program. For these reasons we will focus our competition on American independent cinema from now on and make this the most important pillar of our festival.
American independent cinema is currently overlooked by many European film festivals, and with this attitude its great revival of independent cinema from the last couple of years has unfortunately remained largely unnoticed in Europe. The new focus on American independent cinema will result on Leiden becoming a place where American independent cinema is not just welcome, but supported, endorsed and above all, celebrated. The American Indie Competition comes with an audience price.
Throughout the year
The LFF devotes itself to define the cinematic image of Leiden throughout the year. By providing programmes at 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 programme such as the annual LFF Summer Special – three days of open air cinema at the famous Pieterskerk.
The LFF began as a ‘grass-roots’ organisation: four friends, unhappy about the current film climate, started their own film event ‘to make things right’. Four years later, the core of the organisation has been professionalised and the festival faces continuity. The foundation and partnership behind the festival strive to expand both their cultural and commercial enterprises in order to create a steady framework of knowledge and finance around the festival.
Het Leids Film Festival vindt plaats op de volgende locaties:
1 Trianon - Breestraat 31
2 Kijkhuis - Vrouwenkerksteeg 10
3 Scheltema - Marktsteeg 1
4 Sieboldhuis - Rapenburg 19
5 Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden - Rapenburg 28
6 Pieterskerk - Kloksteeg 16
7 Museum Boerhaave – Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10
8 Leidse Sterrewacht – Kaiserstraat 63
9 Festival Infocentre Galerie de Pieter – Breestraat 46
10 Veilinghuis Onder de Boompjes - Nieuwstraat 38