Full Programme at Nordic Film Days Lübeck Despite Lower Budget

The most important non-Scandinavian festival for Nordic films takes place for the 52nd time from 3rd to 7th November 2010, featuring c 130 feature, documentary and short films from Scandinavia, the Baltic states and Northern Germany.

The Nordic Film Days' budget amounts to c 610,000 euros, considerably less than had been scheduled. In part, this is due to cancelled funding means on account of austerity measures taken by the State Government of Schleswig-Holstein. "In times like these, everyone is required to cut costs. The Film Days are no exception", says Director Christine Berg. "We have decided to concentrate fully on our core competence, which is our showcase function as the most significant platform for Nordic cinema, targeting cineastes and film industry alike." The programme will thus be presented in its full range, as in the previous year. Neither will there be cutbacks made in inviting Scandinavian, Baltic and North German film professionals to present their productions in close contact with the audience, the press and the industry.

"Some of the supporting events in the run-up to the Nordic Film Days Lübeck will, however, be omitted in order to reach the necessary cost savings", says Managing Director Angela Buske. Thus an event planned to take place in cooperation with Schleswig-Holstein Musik-Festival has been deferred, as has the reception that had been held at Nordic embassies in Berlin throughout the past years. The film market for Scandinavian productions, first introduced in 2009 and well received within the German film industry, will be omitted this year. Furthermore, a trailer advertising the Nordic Film Days Lübeck in North German cinemas will be done without. "There will be no cost cuts regarding the staff at Nordic Film Days Lübeck, though", says Angela Buske. "Therefore we will maintain the high level in quality that characterizes the Film Days within the festival scene."

Nordic Film Days Lübeck continues to receive the full support of its partners Possehl-Stiftung, Radisson Blu Senator Hotel and DONG Energy. "We are very grateful that our partners are backing us so generously in this year, too", says Director Christine Berg. Special thanks are due to the Friends of Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Freundeskreis der Nordischen Filmtage Lübeck) for their ever increasing commitment, as well as to the State Government of Schleswig-Holstein, which shows great dedication in securing long-term support for the Nordic Film Days Lübeck. As in the previous year, the media partners are NDR and Lübecker Nachrichten. The Nordic Film Days Lübeck are presented by the Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck.