It is with a heavy heart and deep regret that FILMLAND MV gGmbH has decided – in consultation with the State Chancellery of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Lord Mayor of the regional capital Schwerin – to cancel the anniversary edition of the 30th FILMKUNSTFEST MV from 5th-10th May 2020. It will now take place one year later from May 4th-9th, 2021.
“This decision was very difficult for us, but it is absolutely essential in view of the current situation. The risks to the health of our guests and members of staff are too high, even in May. Moreover, it is no longer possible to prepare the festival in a meaningful manner, the cinemas are closed indefinitely, and there is an ever-increasing level of uncertainty and insecurity among the film makers, the partners and guests of the festival as well in our team”, states the Artistic Director of the FILMKUNSTFEST MV, Volker Kufahl. “More than half a year of preparation time has been put into this festival, which we are now compelled to cancel. Those involved in the event had contributed with their ideas, creativity and passion, they were full of hope and very much looking forward to providing a wonderful anniversary programme. Instead, we are now quite unexpectedly confronted with new worries. We would like to express our thanks to all of the film makers, sponsors and partners of the festival for their support and solidarity – together we will overcome this crisis!”