Juries for the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck include Almila Bagriacik, Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Alexandre Miguel and others from the Baltic states and Germany

Lübeck, Oct. 30, 2017. At the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, running from November 1 to 5, 2017, in partnership with various donors, eight prizes carrying a total endowment of 40,500 euros will be awarded. The 5,000 euro audience prize of the Lübecker Nachrichten newspaper is decided by ballot, while the other seven awards will be decided by juries made up of international notables. The Nordic Film Days Lübeck are happy to announce a new development this year –  For the first time since it was introduced in 1991, the Baltic Film Prize will carry an endowment – of 2,500 euros. And the INTERFILM Church Film Prize, awarded by the Protestant-Lutheran church district Lübeck-Lauenburg has doubled its prize money to 5,000 euros.

The NDR Film Prize, with an endowment of 12,500 euros donated by festival media partner, the Norddeutsche Rundfunk broadcaster, has been awarded to a "feature film of special artistic quality” since 1990. This year’s Competition comprises 18 films from Scandinavia, the Baltic region and the Netherlands. The five-person NDR jury includes director Alexandre Miguel (“Arthur & Claire”), editior Meibrit Ahrens from Germany (“Crime Scene” and “Rote Rosen”) and Danish author Steen Bille (“We Shall Overcome”, 2006 and “Worlds Apart”, 2008), actress Almila Bagriacik,  who was first seen in “When We Leave” (dir: Feo Aladag) and is soon to be seen in a “Crime Scene” set in Kiel alongside Axel Milberg, and producer Renate Rose, who as former director of the non-profit European Film Promotion (EFP) has extensive connections in the film industry and launched projects such as “European Shooting Stars” and “Producers on the Move”. Miguel Alexandre’s current film “Arthur & Claire” will be shown in the Filmforum section of this year's NFL before opening in cinemas, and has had many films shown at the Film Days in past years.  

Young German actress Emma Bading is an asset to the Children’s and Youth prize jury. She attracted enormous attention with her performance in Katrin Gebbe’s debut film “Nothing Bad Can Happen” (NFL 2013) and she won the Günter Strack television prize in 2016 for the title role in the “Rebecca” (dir: Umut Dag) episode of Germany’s renowned “Crime Scene” (Tatort) television series. Füsun Eriksen is the CEO of the Danish Cultural Institute, responsible for the development and financing of the institute’s international cultural activities, and was the director of the BUSTER Copenhagen international festival of children’s and youth films. Thomas Hartmann works in the academic and educational division of the German Centre for Youth and Children's Films (KJF), where he is responsible for the national competition for the German Youth Film Prize (Jugendfilmpreis) and the Bundes.Festival.Film. The Children and Youth Film jury prize is endowed with 5,000 euros, donated since 2008 by Gemeinnützige Sparkassenstiftung (regional savings bank foundation) of Lübeck. 

Other panels that select films from the main competition of the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck are the Baltic Film Prize jury, the INTERFILM Church Prize jury, and the largest jury at the festival, moviegoers, who vote for their favourites to be honoured with the “Lübecker Nachrichten Audience Prize”. Five members of Lübeck trade unions will select a socially and politically committed film for the “Documentary Film Prize”, endowed with 2,500 euros. The three-person "CineStar jury” will award its prize for the “best short film” in the Filmforum section. The CineStar Group has awarded that prize, worth 3,000 euros, for the last five years. Four boys and one girl between the ages of 11 and 13 will award this year’s “Children’s Jury” prize, endowed by the Radisson Blu Senator Hotel Lübeck with 5,000 euros.

The jury’s decisions will be announced on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the award ceremony in Theater Lübeck. Hosting the evening will once again  be the beloved NDR Entertainer Yared Dibaba. Additional information on the juries and prizes can be found online at www.luebeck.de/filmtage/de/ueberuns/preise.  

Detailed information on the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, including film synopses, day planner, information on ticket sales, and details of the side-bar and special events, the juries and the prizes is available online at: www.filmtage.luebeck.deHighlights, news, and videos by NFL guests can be found on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.com/nordicfilmdays.

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