The film festival held in Leeuwarden had tried to adapt to Coronavirus regulations with drive-in screenings
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Noorderlijk Film Festival, which was due to be held in Leeuwarden this year, has been definitively cancelled reports the Omrop Fryslân. As Coronavirus rules continued to be tightened, organisers had initially come up with a smaller ‘drive-in’ format for the festival, however with the latest rules brought in this week the festival has been called off entirely.
On Tuesday, Dutch PM Mark Rutte announced that all cinemas and film-theatre had to close their doors, making a film-festival somewhat difficult to organise.
“Postponement is no guarantee of success, because it’s unclear how long we would have to postpone the event. For lots of our team members, their enthusiasm and positive energy has been used up”, says the organisation in a statement.
The Noorderkroon competition for the best film-maker is going ahead, though, and will be announced on November 14. The organisers hope to be able to hold a ‘normal’ film festival between 10 and 14 November in 2021.