As a result of the Danish government’s recent decision to impose a lockdown on Denmark in order to slow down the spreading of the COVID-19 virus, European Film College is closed until further notice.
After orders from the Danish government, all Danish folk high schools are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that students at the 2019-20 programme have gone home.
Everyone was taken care of
At first, we hoped that the closing down was temporarily. And so, in the rare cases where returning home temporarily was not an option, students were offered to stay at the school, where they were taken care of in terms of food and a place to stay.
But there was not teaching or common activities.
Through the entire lockdown, EFC has been in contact with the Danish union of folk high schools. They are in close contact with the Danish authorities and keep everyone updated on the situation.
End of the 2019-20 programme
At the time of lockdown, it was our hope to welcome our students back to produce their planned final films.
However, on May 1st it was decided that we were not able to prolong the 2019-20 programme under the current circumstances. Folk high schools, and particularly film sets, are still subject to a lot of restrictions due to risk of spreading the virus. So, we realised that it would not be safe to bring our students back and to film the final films.
As a result, the 2019-20 programme has now officially ended, and all students have left the school. Luckily, we were able to arrange an online festival, where students were able to connect, watch some of the films that hadn't been screened yet, and to say goodbye.
We also hope to be able to invite the class of 2020 back for a special reunion next year, if the situation allows it.
Extreme measures necessary
By mid March 2020, Denmark was suddenly the country in Europe with the most rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, and this is why the Danish government has been taking extreme measures. The hope is that this will slow down the virus in a way that enables the Danish health care system to keep up and be able to support the people who will need intensive care.
If you have any questions regarding the current situation at European Film College, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our phones will be closed until further notice, but you can contact us via email.
The 2020-21 programme
As the situation is now, the plan is still to welcome back a new group of students for the 2020-21 programme, which will begin on August 24. But we are of course keeping up to date with the restrictions on folk high schools and will keep everyone informed.
Photo: Michael Fleischer