Lübeck, Nov. 6, 2020. The 62nd Nordic Film Days Lübeck have begun. This year, 146 of the festival’s originally planned 160 films were made available for online streaming from anywhere in Germany. The Nordic Film Days Lübeck are presented by the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. The festival shows current films from the Nordic and Baltic countries and northern Germany.
In these challenging times, knowing we have the support of strong and dependable partners is particularly important. So the festival would like to take this opportunity to thank all those companies and organisations, sponsors, and backers. A complete list of our partners can be found here.
Because the covid pandemic means the 2020 NFL is taking place completely online, the "virtual festival" page was key to creating a festival atmosphere at home via the festival homepage. The site provides a wealth of videos by and about filmmakers, interesting interviews, and discussions between festival curators and the guests of their section who would have otherwise been in Lübeck. In addition, a recording of the prize awards will be posted on the evening of November 7, there and on the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck YouTube channel.
The master class “Animadoc: Making the Invisible Visible”, about animated documentaries, took place as a video conference. Animation can often help represent things that are difficult for a camera to capture –memories, emotions, taboo subjects. The projekt led by Arne Sommer (FFHSH Hamburg film commission), with director Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen and producers Fabian Driehorst and Frédéric Schuld talking about their respective films “My Favorite War” and “The Chimney Swift”. Check out this year’s master class on Youtube.
Another NFL event that went virtual this year is the 7th Lübeck Film Studies Colloquium. It was held via Zoom on November 6, from 9:15am to noon. A detailed description of the project is here.
The industry event Lübeck Meetings was also presented online this year, today Filmmakers and industry representatives from production, distribution, cinemas and film institutions met virtually to discuss subjects such as “Discover the Baltics”, about production opportunities in the Baltic states, or the industry panel “Audience Building for Historical Films un Unprecedented Times”, about how to make period films attractive to modern-day audiences. Potential partners from the Nordic and Baltic countries met up virtually and explored films from the festival line-up that might be of interest for the German market. In a studio set up specially for the festival in the Europäisches Hansemuseum Lübeck, various online projects have been recorded. Some of those were discussions with guests who were in town, to be posted online afterwards. The final event, on Nov. 6 at 6pm is the project “Co-Kreatives Wirtschaften”. Productions must pull off the hat trick of aligning and harmonising creativity and artistic freedom with good financial management to present a finished product at the end. Additional information about the Lübeck Meetings is available here.
For young festival guests, films for children up to the age of 12 will be available to stream either in the original version with subtitles or with German dialogue voiceovers. A German voiceover version is currently available online for the films “Pelle No-Tail”, “Bert’s Diary”, “The Crossing”, “Raggi”, “Sisters”, and “Sune (Best Man)”.
The silent film screenings with live music that traditionally take place at the Hafenschuppen 6 venue have been postponed until the summer of 2021.
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