Having arrived from the Netherlands for two weeks, he successfully chaired the Animation Film Festival Klõps 2013 together with Piret Karro. It was the second edition in the history of the Printing Museum and there are plans underway to make it a recurring event. About two hundred and fifty people attended the festival.
Having studied Cultural Studies in Amsterdam and having worked as a film critic for 12 years for publications such as Filmfocus.nl, the Amsterdam Weekly and Cineville, this background give him the opportunity to host an interesting workshop about film criticism during the festival.
As one of the founding fathers of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival that has grown into an internationally acclaimed event. The festival started in 2007 in three small venues with 250 visitors: the upcoming edition in November will take place in the EYE Film Institute and the festival expects more than 6000 visitors. 2010 marked the first collaboration of KLIK! with the first edition of KLOPS! and the festival was represented by the Best of KLIK! program during the latest edition.
Besides curating two programs and giving a workshop on film criticism, Luuk has also helped to pave the way for a recurring weekly film screening titled the Gutenberg Cinema Appreciation Society, named after Johannes Gutenburg, the feline in residence. Luuk hopes to be able to help out with the programming and PR of the screenings, contributing from his home town of Amsterdam.
“Film is a universal language and just like any language, it has rules and a grammar of its own. By teaching aspiring film critics the basics of film criticism and helping to set up an alternative cinema, I hope that the film scene in Tartu will thrive. Estonia has given the world a tremendous amount of beautiful animated films, so I was very glad I was able to give the Estonian people some fantastic films in return.”