Lübeck, Nov. 6, 2017. The 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Nov. 1 – 5, 2017) closed on Sunday after 266 screenings of a total of 195 films. The artistic director Linde Fröhlich and festival manager Florian Vollmers were both upbeat, with a total of 33,000 visitors, the Film Days once again bested the previous record, making 2017 the year with the greatest number of visitors in the festival’s history. “We saw a clear increase in audience numbers even just for screenings; a total of some 1,000 more people saw a film in one of our festival theatres,” says festival manager Florian Vollmers.
The success was also bolstered by special events such as the two evenings of the Järvispektaakkeli Open Air Cinema at Krähenteich lakeside, a silent movie concert, and other films and concerts at special venues. And audiences were also enthusiastic about the newest festival sections, TV Series and 360° films in the Fulldome at its new, central location on Klingenberg square.
“The diversity and high quality of our programme was reflected not only in the number of visitors, but also in the award winners, and the reasoning of our international juries,” sums up Linde Fröhlich, artistic director of the Nordic Film Days Lübeck, “Our many festival guests from Germany and abroad told us that this year’s Nordic Film Days Lübeck more than lived up to their reputation as an important festival for northern Europe, and a cultural highlight in the Lübeck calendar of events."
The Baltic city played host this year to some 780 industry professionals and press, as well as 354 filmmakers. Our guests, including directors, filmmakers, and actors were once again bowled over by Lübeck’s Film Days audiences, who avidly participated in Q&A, and showed strong interest in many discussions.
A total of eight prizes were handed out on the gala award night of the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck; the NDR Prize, which carries the highest endowment at 12,500 euros, went this year to the Danish feature debut "The Charmer" (Charmøren), made by young filmmaker Milad Alami. Taken together, the awards carried prize money of 40,500 euros.
The Film Days once again enjoyed strong support from their two media partners, NDR and the Lübecker Nachrichten, with a host of reports and interviews on the festival.
Save the date: In honour of the 60th anniversary of the Nordic Film Days Lübeck in 2018, the festival has been extended by a day, to six days from October 30 to November 4, 2018.
Detailed information on the 59th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, including prize winners, is available at www.filmtage.luebeck and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram / nordicfilmdays
Silke Lehmann, Luisa Wellhausen, Svenja Knoke
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