The festival promotes non-commercial and independent fiction, documentary, experimental and animated short films and realises its programme and its international projects in a solid DIY (do it yourself) manner. The entrance to all of the screenings is free of charge. The festival, which took off in 2009, is involved in a network of art cinemas, cinematheques and film clubs from Oslo to Tirana and Beirut. Its partner festival, more or less also stationed in Klub Gromka, is the autumn DokuBazaar, Ljubljana Independent Documentary Film Festival.
The festival acquired its international, travelling nature in 2010, when it co-produced events like Graz Short Film Night. Later, it established the Balkan Film Bazaar vehicle, which showcased a selection of Ex-Yugoslavian short films (gathered for the Ljubljana edition) in the cities of Graz, Oslo and Helsinki.
In 2013, LISFF started country-focused film selections like "Zoom Austria", "Zoom Sweden" or "Zoom Hungary" and travelled to the cities of Tirana, Belgrade, Oslo, Budapest, Sofia, Grachanica, Prishtina, Munich, Maribor and Jerusalem. The project was broadened in 2015 with the "Zoom Short Film Night", which was also hosted in Tel Aviv, Prishtina, Tirana and Grachanica. In last years it screens a selection of European shorts, named "Europanorama" and the "Nordic Film Days". It has traveled also to Riga, Beirut, Belgrade, Skopje and several other Balcan cities.