Europe’s largest festival for Nordic and Baltic films, the 64th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck came to a close in a blaze of success on November 6. In the course of the festival, Lübeck venues hosted 212 public screenings of more than 170 films, TV episodes, and other audio-visual work, and some 70 percent of that line-up was also available for streaming on the VoD platform. The festival’s honorary prize was awarded on opening night, November 2, at the CineStar cinema, and at the November 5 gala in Theater Lübeck, an additional 11 prizes were handed out with a total endowment of € 63,000.
Artistic director Thomas Hailer expressed his satisfaction: “everyone involved was able to enjoy a true festival again, with innumerable personal encounters, a broad range of guests from Germany and abroad, and an amazing overall mood. It was especially rewarding for the filmmakers to once again have direct contact with audiences.”
There were almost 18,000 visits to cinemas, representing a 30% increase in in-person attendance over last year. The streaming platform registered about 9,000 viewers, assuming an average of two people per screen. That adds up to a total audience of some 27,000 across the five days of the 64th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck.
“We are happy with those numbers, even as we recognize room to grow”, said managing director Susanne Kasimir, “At the same time, we are extraordinarily grateful for the commitment of our many partner institutions and companies, with special praise for our prize sponsors, our Friends association, and our media partners. They contributed greatly to the wonderful experience of this year’s festival. The Nordische Filmtage were once again the talk of the town in Lübeck.”
Festival guests, including many Lübeck locals, were particularly intrigued by the imposing 360° Infinity Dome at Klingenberg Square, which was almost completely booked out for every presentation.
In addition to local audiences, some 500 German and international industry guests, including 70 members of the media, were accredited for the festival. More than 100 of those took part in one or the other industry event that make up the Lübeck Meetings. A total of 155 of the accredited guests were filmmakers who were on hand to personally introduce their films, including honorary prize laureate Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, and the team behind the opening night film Music for Black Pigeons by Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed, who were joined in Lübeck by the subject of the documentary, musician Jakob Bro, and the film’s producer, Emile Hertling Péronard.
Dates for the 65th anniversary edition of the Nordische Filmtage Lübeck in 2023 will be announced shortly.
Complete information about the 64th Nordische Filmtage Lübeck can be found at our website www.nordische-filmtage.de and on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube.
We would like to thank our partners Finnlines, CineStar, Stadtwerke Lübeck, STAWAG, ATLANTIC Hotel Lübeck, Teschke & Collegen Versicherungsmakler, Moinsener, skanbo, Kaufmannschaft zu Lübeck, Hansebelt e.V., LYNET, avt plus media service, SG Medientechnik, as well as our media partners, broadcaster NDR and the Lübecker Nachrichten daily for their support.
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