The "Filmforum" has been a platform for North German films at Nordic Film Days Lübeck since 1988. It serves the presentation of feature, documentary, short and animated films that are related to the regions of Schleswig-Holstein or Hamburg in terms of shooting location, topic, origin of the filmmaker or film funding institution respectively. The "Filmforum" cooperates closely with the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) and also is supported by the Filmwerkstatt Kiel.
The "Filmforum" is a showcase for North German filmmaking, offering both established filmmakers and young talents the opportunity of presenting their films to an international audience on home ground. Thanks to "Filmforum", several filmmakers have subsequently been invited to other festivals, both in Germany and abroad, and many have found national and worldwide distributors here. The section is very popular with the audience and its presentations are often sold out. All short films presented in "Filmforum" are in competition for the CineStar Prize, which was awarded for the first time in 2012 and it's endowed now with 5,000 € since 2018.
Since 2007 the "Filmforum" programme includes a selection of graduate films by young North German filmmakers.
Prerequisites for films to be submitted to the "Filmforum" section for the 63rd Nordic Film Days Lübeck in 2021: they have to be completed since September 2020, and they have to relate to the regions of Schleswig-Holstein or Hamburg in terms of shooting location, topic, origin of the filmmaker or film funding institution respectively. All genres and film lengths are admissible. Admissible format: DCP.
Submission dates for the upcoming 63rd Nordic Film Days Lübeck will be announced in spring 2021.