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The Lithuanian Film Centre reveals local box office results of 2019. With three national films making it to Top 10 most popular films, Lithuanian cinema lovers are sending a strong message: they are big fans of national production and are waiting for more. 

In total 23 Lithuanian films (2 more than in 2018) were released in 2019. National production accounted for 19.64% of the whole market (27.9% in 2018), while European films represented a market share of 15.77% (11.8% in 2018) and US production – 60.88% (58.7% in 2018). 

The productivity of national filmmakers remained stable with 52 new films of various lengths and genres were created (17 features and 16 documentaries) last year. The total number of admissions was 4 m. with the total revenue from tickets reaching EUR 22.5 m. 

Lithuanian comedy Pats sau milijonierius by Tadas Vidmantas became the most popular film in 2019. The film, which was released in October, attracted 204,860 filmgoers leaving Todd Phillips‘ Joker with 155,986 filmgoers in the second place. 

Two other Lithuanian films made it to the Top Ten: Donatas Ulvydas’ comedy Ir visi jų vyrai in fifth place with 120,707 viewers, and Ramūnas Rudokas’ criminal drama Pasmerkti. Kauno romanas in ninth place with 88,763 viewers.

Notably, 2019 was not only productive but also successful for director Donatas Ulvydas, who released two films. With 40,040 views, his Valstybės paslaptis about former president Dalia Grybauskaitė became the most popular documentary in Lithuania last year.

Last year was also successful for arthouse filmmakers. Raimundas Banionis’ drama The Purple Fog saw 33 038 viewers, Marija Kavtaradzę’s film Summer Survivors - 26 328, and Ernestas Jankauskas’ Sasha was Here - 22 413.

A total of 379 films were screened Lithuanian cinemas in 2019.

TOP 10 in Lithuanian cinemas of 2018

FILM

Admissions  

GBO (Eur)

Fake Millionaire (lit. Pats sau milijonierius) (LT)

204 860

1 259 262

Joker

155 986

982 356

The Lion King

154 363

815 863

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

134 218

674 098

And All the Men (lit. Ir visi jų vyrai) (LT)

121 123

690 896

Secret Life of Pets 2

111 307

522 173

Frozen 2

99 784

511 961

Avengers: Endgame

92 523

566 245

Pasmerkti. Kauno romanas (LT)

88 763

508 889

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

76 044

457 353



TOP 10 Lithuanian films in Lithuanian cinemas of 2019

 

FILM

Admissions 

GBO (Eur)

Fake Millionaire (lit. Pats sau milijonierius) (LT)

204 860

1 259 262

And All the Men (lit. Ir visi jų vyrai) (LT)

121 123

690 896

Pasmerkti. Kauno romanas (rež. Ramūnas Rudokas)

88 763

508 889

Pasmerkti. Pajūrio džiazas (rež. Ramūnas Rudokas)

71 723

439 646

Between Us Girls (lit. Tarp mūsų, mergaičių)

54 953

309 434

The State Secret (lit. Valstybės paslaptis)

40 040

214 476

The Purple Fog (lit. Purpurinis rūkas)

33 038

159 978

The Wedding (lit. Vestuvės)

28 122

147 515

Summer Survivors (lit. Išgyventi vasarą)

26 328

139 510

Sasha was Here (lit. Čia buvo Saša)

22 413

120 454

RIJEKA, Croatia – January 20, 2020– For the 4th year, the History Film Festival presented by Istra Film, will bring creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in Rijeka, Croatia during the annual storytelling festival running September 8-12, 2020. 

History Film Festival is a unique international festival of historical documentary films which will take place in Rijeka (Croatia) from September 8 to 12, 2020. History Film Festival aims at offering viewers and film experts an insight into contemporary film and TV production of historical documentary films, at the same time providing a place where film professionals can meet and share their creative ideas for future projects. 

The programme of 2020 HFF consists of a competition programme and special thematic programmes (documentary hommage to Federico Fellini, Asterix's 60th birthday, masterclasses, panels, exhibitions). 

From its first edition History Film Festival cherishes and extends its collaboration with documentary filmmakers from all over the world. All of the films showcased at History Film Festival tell history in exciting, often unusual, sometimes very intimate and visually attractive ways, but they also shed revelatory light upon the present which is exactly one of the aims of History Film Festival. These films show all the talent and passion of documentarists who always seem to find innovative and creative techniques of shaping history into exciting story. Furthermore, documentary filmmaking based on the archives and research is essential for the understanding of the past and the present, especially as an answer to the fake news era. 

In 2020, the City of Rijeka is caring the title of the European Capital of Culture and History Film Festival which will be held from September 8-12, 2020 is going to be part of the official programme of ECoC. In 2020 we plan to showcase documentaries which confirm how history can be extremely exciting and promote diversity, tolerance, intercultural dialogue and reconciliation as a way of exceeding the past and building a better future. 

This year the festival will be especially focused on films connected to the following subjects:

- women as film authors or women as heroines in human history

- migrations 

- re-thinking totalitary regimes and politics (especially Tito)

- Asterix

- Federico Fellini

Documentary films, regardless of the year of production, can be submitted on Film Freeway at the following link:  https://filmfreeway.com/HistoryFilmFestival 

The official deadline for submissions is February 10, 2020. For all queries concerning the festival please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The 2020 Festival is set to build on the momentum from last three editions, which set the bar high. The past line-ups featured breathtaking docs like Oscar winner O.J.: Made in America, Sundance Award Winner Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, Oscar nominee Touch of an Angel and amazing European stories such as Legacy, Hotel Jugoslavija and Aliona Van Der Horst's Love is Potatoes. 

The Festival is curated by the programming team including Director and Head of Programming Bernardin Modrić, producers Tiha Modrić and Dejan Bojc, and a team of professional associates.

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BERLIN: The Last Stage (1948) by Polish director Wanda Jakubowska and Distant Journey by Czech Alfréd Radok are among the six classic films which will have their world premiere in digitally restored DCP 4K versions during the Berlinale Classics 2020.

Simon Mozgovyi's Salt from Bonneville is a new part of the East Silver Caravan, which takes care of selected films and helps with festival distribution.

Warsaw, January 23, 2020 - 26 projects benefited from the incentives for filmmakers in Poland in the first few months of operating. The Polish Film Institute has granted over EUR 12 million to support audiovisual production within the incentive scheme.

Two Czech animated shorts, Daughter by Daria Kashcheeva and SH_T HAPPENS by Dávid Štumpf and Michaela Mihályi, will be screened in the Short Film Program at Sundance Film Festival 2020.

Czech films at Sundace FF 2020

DAUGHTER

SHORTS 

Czech Republic 2019 / 15 min
Directed by: Daria Kashcheeva
Produced by: Zuzana Roháčová / FAMU (CZ)
Co-produced by: MAUR film (CZ) ... (full crew)

A girl who was hurt as a child keeps the memory of it alive. Lacking love and empathy from her father in the past, she is not able to share her feelings with him. She can’t get rid of the painful memories taking her back to the day she brought home a little dead bird and her father didn’t support her. Sometimes it's too hard to open your feelings and share it with a close person. Sometimes it's too late. Let your painful memory fly away like a free little bird.

Read more about personal and original Daria Kashcheeva
TRAILER

SCREENINGS
FRI 01/24 | 19:00 | Redstone Cinema 2
SAT 01/25 | 12:45 | Broadway Centre Cinema 3
MON 01/27 | 23:45 | Park Avenue Theatre
FRI 31/01 | 17:30 | Egyptian Theatre

INTERNATIONAL SALES
Luce Grosjean / Myiu Distribution
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+33 6 63 76 62 12

FESTIVALS
Alexandra Hroncová / FAMU
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SH_T HAPPENS

SHORTS 

Czech Republic, Slovakia, France 2019 / 13 min
Directed by: 
Dávid Štumpf, Michaela Mihályi

Produced by: Peter Badač / BFILM.cz (CZ)
Co-produced by: BFILM (SK), Bagan Films (FR), FAMU (CZ) ... (full crew)

An apartment building full of self centered inhabitants. Utterly exhausted caretaker and his sexually frustrated wife. Widowed deer drowning his sorrows in loads of alcohol... While trying to cope with their problems, they find themselves in a hard to solve triangle asking for absurd and irrational solutions. The consequences can easily become permanent, sometimes maybe too permanent. The film is a loose adaptation of a well-known biblical story while transforming it into an contemporary ironic narrative about how the world sometimes works.

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TRAILER

SCREENINGS
FRI 01/24 | 19:00 | Redstone Cinema 2
SAT 01/25 | 12:45 | Broadway Centre Cinema 3
MON 01/27 | 23:45 |  Park Avenue Theatre
FRI 01/31 | 17:30 | Egyptian Theatre

FESTIVALS
Alena Gabrižová / BFILM
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+421 948 505 304

BERLIN: One Czech production and two minority coproductions from Lithuania and Germany have been selected for Berlinale’s Generation section. The 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival will be held from 20 February to 1 March 2020.

TRIESTE: The Bulgarian/Greek coproduction The Father directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov was awarded the Trieste Prize for Best Feature Film at the 31st edition of the Trieste Film Festival (17-23 January 2020).

BERLIN: Father, a coproduction between Serbia, France, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina directed by Srdan Golubović has been selected for the Panorama section of the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival (20 February-1 March 2020). Other minority coproductions from FNE partner countries are also in Panorama, as well as in Berlinale Special.

The ninth edition of MIDPOINTs local module for Slovak filmmakers will take place in Bratislava from
March 17 – 19, 2020. 

Intensive 3-day workshop will focus on the script development of participating projects. Slovak creative teams of writers and/or directors and producers can apply with their feature length film project.

We are very happy to work again with writer, director, editor and acclaimed script consultant Ivo Trajkov, who will act as the group leader of the program.
The program also offers tailor-made online consultations after the program concludes, according to the need of each project.
The workshop will be conducted in the Slovak language.

The deadline for applications is February 14, 2020 – read more about the program here.

MIDPOINT Intensive SK is realized with the support of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and runs in partnership with the CHARACTER – Film Development Association, the Slovak Film Institute, and IFF Febiofest Bratislava. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.