VILNIUS: Lithuanian film industry had a good year in 2017, with films made with the support of the Lithuanian Film Centre and selected for major festivals – Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, Venice, Karlovy Vary, IDFA Amsterdam – and international productions flocking in after the launch of the incentives scheme in 2014. In 2017 Lithuania was also a guest country at the Minsk International Film Festival Listapad.
VILNIUS: The Lithuanian Film Centre distributed 2,094,460 EUR to 26 film projects, including 11 projects dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Lithuanian state, five minority coproductions and ten national films (feature films, documentaries and animated films).
VILNIUS: The Lithuanian short The Last Day / Paskutinė diena (2017) by Klaudija Matvejevaitė won the two best film prizes at the Scanorama film festival. Five Lithuanian shorts, three Estonian shorts and two Latvian shorts competed in the New Baltic Cinema competition of the European Film Forum Scanorama, which opened on 9 November 2017.
VILNIUS: The German production company Ufa Fiction (producers Benjamin Benedict, Nico Hofmann and Martin Bromber) and local service producer Ramūnas Škikas (production company Ahil) are shooting the TV drama Kruso in Lithuania for public broadcasters MDR and ARD Degeto with backing from MDM Mitteldeutsche Medien-Förderung and the Lithuanian Film Centre.
VILNIUS: Lithuanian director Ignas Jonynas is currently shooting his new feature film Invisible / Nematoma. The shooting of this Lithuanian/Ukrainian/Latvian coproduction started on 4 September 2017 and is scheduled to wrap on 20 October 2017. The film is shot in both Lithuania and the Ukraine.
VILNIUS: Marija Kavtaradzė, one of the most promising young Lithuanian directors and scriptwriters, will start shooting her debut feature Summer Survivors / Vasara on 24 August 2017.
VILNIUS: Acclaimed film, theatre and TV director Raimundas Banionis is returning to film directing after 25 years with The Purple Fog / Purpurinis rūkas. This historical drama is currently in production with theatrical release set for 2018.
VILNIUS: Lithuanian Film Centre distributed 811,701 EUR to 21 film projects in production and preproduction, including five minority coproductions with France, Italy, Russia and for the first time with Georgia and Cyprus.
VILNIUS: A creative documentary by director Saulius Beržinis, Greimas. The System of Bolts / Greimas. Varžtų sistema is in production. Principle photography began in April 2017 and will wrap in February 2018. Some shooting already took place in Lithuania, but the principal shooting will be in France (Paris and Chause), where people who knew Greimas are still alive.
VILNIUS: Andrius Blaževičius‘ feature film The Saint / Šventasis dominated the Lithuanian Film and TV Silver Crane Awards,winning in six categories. The film took the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress and Best Script at the tenth edition of the awards held on 13 June 2017.
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