Film New Europe has teamed up with the upcoming Cannes Marche Du Film and the Producers Workshop to promote Central and Eastern European producers during Cannes.
Participating in the workshop is Lithuanian film producer Marija Razgutė, a founder and managing director at the film production company ČIOBRELIAI.
In 2010 she graduated from Vilnius Art academy with an MA in Cultural Management and Cultural Policy. So far Razgutė has produced seven short films and now is developing her first feature. Razgutė has been a member of the Lithuanian Independent Producers Association since 2011. In addition, she is one of the organisers of the international short film festival Vilnius Film Shorts since 2010, and a co-founder of the Lithuanian short film agency Lithuanian Shorts established in 2012.
The production company ČIOBRELIAI was established in 2008 by its managing director and main producer Marija Razgutė and two DOPs: Simonas Glinskas and Narvydas Naujalis. The company is focusing on young Lithuanian cinema and is occasionally used as a home for other new independent producers.
What are the projects you are working on at the moment?
The are a few projects in post-production – a short documentary The Amateurs by Audrius Antanavičius about the exciting origins of one of the first Lithuanian amateur film studios in the early 60s and the short fiction The Noisemaker by Karolis Kaupinis about an extraordinary event at a provincial school. The short fiction Mother by Finnish director Otto Kylmala is in the pre-production stage and I have my first feature film in development, Crisis by Andrius Blaževičius. It is a drama about Vytautas, who after losing his job in a provincial Lithuanian town experiences drastic changes in his inner life. The project has been already selected for the MAIA workshops (Italy) and EKRAN creative development and pre-production programme (Wajda Studio, Poland) in 2013. Crisis has been also supportet by the Lithuanian Film Center for develpment funding in 2014.
Do you colaborate with any other producers in Lithuania?
So far I have never done local coproductions, but there are many ways of different cooperation, I keep close profesional relationship with Dagne Vildžiūnaite, Jurga Gluskinienė and Rimantė Daugėlaitė and many members from the Lithuanian Independent Producers Association.
Have you ever done international cooproductions and is it your aim in the future?
I think in the future most if not all of my films are going to be international coproductions, because this is not only an easier way of producing, raising the funds, gathering the team and so on, but also for distributing films internationally.
What are your expectations regarding the workshop at Cannes?
I expect to get useful information and advice about how emerging producers start figuring in international market. I am especially interested in international sales, its options, schemes and methods. Also I expect new international contacts.
Mother (in pre-production), Short fiction, Dir. Otto Kylmala, 2014, Lithuania, Finland (as coproducer)
Crisis (in development), Fiction, Dir. Andrius Blaževičius, 2014, Lithuania, Poland (as coproducer)
The Noisemaker (In post-production), Short fiction, Dir. Karolis Kaupinis, 2014, Lithuania, Sweden (as coproducer)
The Amateurs (In post-production), Short documentary, Dir. Audrius Antanavičius, 2014, Lithuania
Identities, Short documentary, Dir. Aistė Žegulytė, 2013, Lithuania
Dog’s Life, Short, Dir. Ieva Veiverytė, 2013. Lithuania
Ten Reasons, Short, Dir. Andrius Blaževičius, 2011, Lithuania
Eastern Drift (Indigene D’Eurasie), Fiction, Dir. Sharunas Bartas, 2010, Lithuania, France, Russia (as production manager)
Suicide, Short, Dir. Mindaugas Sruogius, Lithuania