VILNIUS: Lithuanian film industry experienced some positive changes over the past five years, the biggest one being the increased popularity of domestic films. Although the domestic market share dropped from 23.18% in 2014 to 13.81% in 2015, the top 10 highest grossing films in Lithuanian cinemas in 2015 included three Lithuanian productions.
VILNIUS: The Lithuanian Film Centre has distributed to 22 projects production grants for 2016 totalling 1,840,756 EUR.
VILNIUS: American producers Sriram Das and Steve Shapiro from Das Films are planning to shoot a feature film entirely in Vilnius. The shooting dates are not known yet.
VILNIUS: The American film and TV production company Kaleidoscope Pictures is shooting the television film The Cobbler/Batsiuvys based on a story by Leo Tolstoy in Vilnius, Lithuania.
VILNIUS: Marius Markevičius began shooting the WWII drama Ashes in the Snow / Pelenai Sniege in Lithuania. The film is an American/Lithuanian coproduction based on the bestseller Between Shades of Gray by Rūta Šepetys.
VILNIUS: One of the main goals of the Lithuanian Film Centre in 2016 is to increase cooperation with the Baltic states. The centre is also launching a new programme to support the distribution of domestic films in Lithuanian cinemas.
VILNIUS: British miniseries War and Peace by Andrew Davies, which was partly shot in Lithuania, is expected to boost tourism in Lithuania, since its first part had 6.3 m viewers on BBC One on 3 January 2016.
VILNIUS: Finnish production company Fisher King Production wraps shooting for the crime series Bordertown / Sorjonen in Lithuania on 15 January 2016.
The Lithuanian film industry had a number of successes in 2015 with films selected for major festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Sundance, and international productions flocking to the country after the launch of the tax incentives scheme in 2014.
VILNIUS: The Lithuanian short Bridges (2015) by director Austėja Urbaitė won the best film prize in the New Baltic Cinema competition of the Scanorama film festival which concluded in Vilnius on 15 November 2015.
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