The Lithuanian Film Centre (LFC) on Friday invited filmmakers and film investors to a special event to acknowledge their contribution to fostering film production environment in the country facilitated by a special Film Tax Incentive offered by the Lithuanian government.
The guests were invited to a special screening of the Oscar-nominated film Loving Vincent (dir. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman), the first entirely hand-painted feature about the last months of the painter Vincent van Gogh and the mysterious end of his life. The film, which took seven years to make and 125 artists to hand-paint each of its 65,000 frames, is an audience favourite at this year’s edition of Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris”.
The event brought together policymakers, film producers and business representatives who have taken advantage of the Film Tax Incentive. Presenting the results of the Film Tax Incentive introduced in 2014, the director of the Lithuanian Film Centre Rolandas Kvietkauskas expressed gratitude to investors who saw opportunities in the film industry. “Tonight, we have invited to this screening people who have put faith in this tax incentive’s potential to create value as well as bring mutual benefit. By making your investment, you make sure that talented people and film professionals remain and make cinema here, in Lithuania,” Mr. Kvietkauskas said.
CEO of the Lithuanian Film Centre Rolandas Kvietkauskas and executive director of Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris” Algirdas Ramaška
Between 2014 and 2017, 73 Lithuanian business companies invested a combined €8.5 million into film production. In all, 68 film projects – that include 23 foreign productions, 23 Lithuanian co-productions and 22 national films – have benefited from investments ranging from €2,000 to €1.4 million. “This represents a huge accelerator for Lithuanian filmmakers to gain invaluable experience within their country, to have world-class stars to come to work in front and behind the camera and spread the word about Lithuanian cinema to the world,” the LFC head noted.
From left: CEO of the Lithuanian Film Centre Rolandas Kvietkauskas, the head of administration of AB “Šiaulių Bankas” Vytautas Sinius and the founder and producer of film production company “Artbox” Kęstutis Drazdauskas