Nordic Film Days Lübeck

The Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Germany), first presented by the Lübeck Film Club in 1956 and taken over by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in 1971, has one of the longest traditions of any film festival worldwide. It is the only festival in Germany, and the only one in Europe apart from the event later founded in Rouen (France) which is entirely devoted to the presentation of films from the North and Northeast of Europe.

  • What is the project about?

    At the four-day event Nordic Film Days Lübeck, feature films, documentaries and short films from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden are presented every year at the beginning of November.

    Director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure)
    together with Linde Fröhlich (Artistic Director)
    and Bent Hamer (1001 Grams)

    In addition, there is an extensive children's and youth film programme and a retrospective devoted to important eras, specific genres or famous persons of film history. Accompanying the film programme are seminars, discussions and roundtable talks.

    The Nordic Film Days Lübeck is put on by the Hanseatic City of Lübeck in cooperation with the film institutes and foundations of Scandinavia as well as the corresponding film institutions in the Baltic countries. Patrons of the festival are the ambassadors of the Nordic countries in Germany. Honorary President is the Norwegian actress and film director Liv Ullmann. Media partner is the television and radio broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR). All in all, eight prizes are being given annually and nearly 27.000 spectators visit the event.

  • Who is the target group?
    The Nordic Film Days Lübeck is both an audience festival and an important meeting place for the film industry in Germany and northern Europe. Many directors whose debut works were presented in Lübeck have gone on to earn fame around the world – such as Bille August, Lasse Hallström, Aki Kaurismäki or Fridrik Thór Fridriksson.
  • Next edition of the project
    The 57th Nordic Film Days will take place from 4th to 8th November 2015.


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Key Facts

  • start of the project in 1956
  • accredited with the ARS BALTICA logo since 2004
  • located at Lübeck (Germany)
  • countries involved are: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia


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