One of the biggest and most important projects presenting Lithuanian cinema to Europe will open the series of events in France dedicated to the centenary of the restoration of the state of Lithuania. Three years of negotiations were finalised this week with an agreement between the Lithuanian Film Centre, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in France, and the Paris-based Cinémathèque Française, one of the largest cinematheques in the world. The film programme will begin in January next year and will run for almost a month.
The third training session of ESoDoc (European Social Documentary) starts in Vilnius this week. Three more documentary filmmakers from Lithuania have been selected to participate in the session along with other professionals from all over the world. 22 ESoDoc participants will be joined by the producer Rasa Miškinytė with the project Exemplary Behaviour (directed by Audrius Mickevičius) as well as the filmmaker Gerda Paliušytė and producer Gabrielė Vaičiūnaitė who will take part without projects. They are not the only Lithuanians at the ESoDoc 2017 – at the beginning of this year the producer Živilė Gallego with her project in development Vital Selection and the director Virginija Vareikytė with the documentary Kupiškis Project were selected for all three training sessions.