The Nordic Film Days has become the essential platform for Nordic filmmakers, sharing their stories and lived experiences of northern European life. Launched in 1959, it is the only film festival in Europe that focuses on works specifically from this part of Europe and has established a well-respected reputation as one of the year’s important industry events for local and international film makers.
The programme features almost 200 films, from across genres, subjects and countries. Submissions range from feature length films, documentaries and short films, to children’s and youth films, historical films and classic films shown in featured retrospectives. Filmmakers from Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden ensure the programme offers a diverse range of stories and styles of filmmaking that collectively tell Nordic stories in all of their diversity and complexity.
In 1990, the first NDR Film Prize for Best Feature Film was first awarded and last year was won by Icelandic film Heartstone by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson. The prize will once again be awarded in 2017 with the winning film awarded a prize of €12,500. The winning film is chosen based on its capacity to "reflect society in an independent creative language and open up new perspectives in terms of content and aesthetics."
The festival screens at Lübeck’s main cinemas as well as some special venues that transform the film festival experience into something out of the ordinary including the VR experience in the unique 360° domed cinema tent.
The festival is organised by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck, in cooperation with the Scandinavian film institutes and foundations as well as the corresponding film institutions in the Baltic countries.
The 59th Nordic Film Days will be held from November 1st to November 5th 2017. The festival screens at various locations around the beautiful Hanseatic city of Lübeck, Germany. See here for the full programme and ticketing
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