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Exchange student makes best promotional film for Leiden

English student Anna Carey has won the Student and City film competition. Her promotional film for Leiden as a student city was the best of the 12 entries.

The competition was organised by the Municipality of Leiden, Leiden Marketing and the Local Chamber of Associations, the umbrella organisation for Leiden student associations. Students were asked to film Leiden through the eyes of a student, andt he aim was to put Leiden on the map as the best student city in the Netherlands. 

Catchy and quick

‘Anna's entry was catchy and quick and she showed a lot of student life and the city,' was the response by jury member Martijn Bulthuis, director of van Leiden Marketing. ‘As well as showing the city of Leiden, she also showed the beaches nearby and the surrounding area. We felt that was an absolute plus, particularly for international students. Of course, our aim is to inspire prospective students to look at the city and the region when making their choice about where to study.'  

Hester Bijl

Hester Bijl, Vice-Rector Magnificus, represented Leiden University in the jury. The jury members, who were also assisted by two high school pupils, had no easy job deciding on the winner. There were more entries than in previous years and the quality of the films was also very high. After much debate, Anna, from Manchester and a student of anthropology, was declared the winner.  

First prize

First prize was a sum of 1,500 euros. The second prize went to students Ward Zeijl and Dahran Çoban, and third prize to Pepe van de Kerkhof.