Students’ Choice

Students’ Choice is a competition of three films with a wide variety of themes and genres. Each year, a student jury from Leiden University delves into the festival programme for the selection of the nominated films. The winner of the Students’ Choice Award will be announced during the Award Night.

The Students’ Choice screenings on 26, 27 and 28 March are free to attend for all students and staff of Leiden University. Book your free ticket online with the promotional code MtMF24#SC and show your LU-card at the ticket check.


Green Border

Poignant drama about the horrors refugees face in the forests between Belarus and Poland. We follow, among others, a Syrian family trying to flee into the EU and a Polish border guard having qualms about the brutal treatment of refugees. The film caused a right-wing backlash in Poland. In the treacherous and swampy Bia...

Read more


Deeply touching fiction-documentary hybrid, looking at the war in Ukraine through the eyes of two children in search of a ray of light. Niki (12) and Vika (11) meet in the underground subway tunnels where their families hide from Russian bombs. ‘A positive attitude can help you forget everything.’ On a col...

Read more

Samuel and the Light

Young Samuel lives in Ponta Negra, Brazil, whose inhabitants have been living without electricity. They lead an idyllic life, following the rhythm of nature. When the project ‘Light for All’ arrives, everything changes. Filmed over the course of six years, Samuel and the Light looks at a family living in a ...

Read more


Jop Emonts

Irene Altavilla

Timo van Daal