The Festival 2012

The Festival 2012

Great success: "Green Screen" at capacity limit

Five-day festival with 120 film screenings, film camps and workshops a challenge for volunteering 

The festival family is reunited. Filmmakers from all over the world, the major nature film editors from Germany and abroad and two of the representatives of German nature film, Inge Sielmann and Dieter Hoese, are at the top of the guest list of the city and the hundred volunteers of the International Nature Film Festival Green Screen, who have been committed for months, for five days. The flags are hoisted, many of the world's languages can be heard on the streets, Eckernförde is at the center of international nature film for five days. World premieres, German premieres, workshops and of course the 120 film screenings, often in the presence of the filmmakers themselves, characterize Germany's largest nature film festival. 12,000 visitors are expected to attend the sixth edition over the next few days, including more than 3,000 schoolchildren, who already flocked to the six movie theaters yesterday.

Green Screen has thus set a new record that is unlikely to be topped. The festival has not only established itself, but has soared to unimagined heights - supported by the probably unique willingness of many people to volunteer. ... The visitors of the films are thrilled by the partly breathtaking images and the stories that the filmmakers elicit from nature, that hardly anyone can escape this fascination and the inspiring festival atmosphere.

And because everything works so well and filmmakers and audiences alike can't let go of Green Screen, the existing personnel, spatial, logistical and financial capacities are fully utilized. With all the ideas that are still available and all the personal commitment, it would hardly be possible to do much more. Yesterday, Jochen Hillers, chairman of the sponsoring association, and press spokesman Michael van Bürk emphasized that the capacity limits had been reached. Which does not mean however that the festival is not to be developed further, naturally in Eckernförde. But in addition it would need also further support, also by the country. The commitment and motivation of the volunteers is extremely high, he said. "If you enjoy doing something, you have the strength to do it," said van Bürk.

Eckernförder Zeitung,September, 7th 2012