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.
VILNIUS: A partially animated feature documentary The L-Team / L-Komanda by director Andrius Lekavicius is in production. Principle photography in Lithuania began on 15 May 2017 and will wrap at the end of the summer, but production will continue with animated parts of the film.
VILNIUS: The Jump / Šuolis, a creative documentary by director Giedrė Žickytė, is nearing the end of its production phase. Principle photography began in December 2015 in the USA and will wrap on 1 July 2017 in Lithuania.
VILNIUS: A Lithuanian/German documentary coproduction Hello, Dear Granny!/ Liebe Oma, Guten Tag! directed by two sisters, Jūratė Samulionytė and Vilma Samulionytė, is in postproduction. The release is planned for November 2017.
VILNIUS: The prominent Lithuanian documentarian Audrius Stonys is in production with Baltic New Wave, working together with Latvian director Kristine Briede. Their new film about Baltic documentary filmmakers from the Soviet times was chosen as one of the winners at Meeting Point - Vilnius industry screenings. It will be shown at Cannes industry screenings this May.
VILNIUS: The Last Family, the debut feature by Jan P. Matuszyński, won Best Film in the New Europe – New Names Competition of the 22nd Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, which wrapped on 6 April 2017.
VILNIUS: Lithuanian filmmaker Mantas Kvedaravičius is currently shooting his debut feature, the psychological drama Stasis, which is a coproduction between Lithuania, the Ukraine and France. Shooting takes place in the Ukraine, Greece, Turkey and Lithuania.
VILNIUS: The Lithuanian Film Centre has distributed 2,010,200 EUR as production and preproduction grants for 2017. New projects from Laila Pakalnina, Sergei Loznitsa, Inara Kolmane and Krzysztof Zanussi received grants.
Lithuanian film industry was well in 2016 with films selected for major festivals such as IDFA, Berlin, Busan, Karlovy Vary, Visions du Réel, and international productions flocking in after the launch of the incentives scheme in 2014.
VILNIUS: Domestic black comedy Zero III by Emilis Vėlyvis set a 2-year opening record in Lithuania, surpassing another film by Vėlyvis, that was holding a 20-year opening record.
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