Lithuanian and French Governments Sign Coproduction Agreement

    Sarunas Birutis Sarunas Birutis Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania - www.lrkm.lt

    PARIS: Lithuanian and French ministers of culture Šarūnas Birutis and Fleur Pellerin signed an agreement on film coproduction in Paris to facilitate cooperation between Lithuanian and French filmmakers.

    This is the first bilateral agreement on film production for Lithuania.

    The agreement addresses the issue of granting the status of coproduction and provides for the balance in supporting ideas of filmmakers from both countries, laying out the terms under which  the films with the status of a coproduction will be considered national in both countries and will be eligible for the support offered for such films.

    Most of the national projects have already been implemented in cooperation with producers from other countries. Fifteen coproductions have been made with French partners so far and currently two more Lithuanian films are being made with French partners.

    In 1999, Lithuania ratified the European Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction, which allowed the country to participate in the Eurimages fund which provides support for coproduced films. The implementation of the present agreement has been entrusted to the Lithuanian Film Centre and Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée.