Two Lithuanian Producers Among Participants at the Locarno Film Festival Industry Programme “Match Me!“

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The organisers of “Match Me!”, an industry programme at the Locarno International Film Festival to be held in August, have announced the results of this year’s selection. Producers participating in the programme, which will pay special attention to the Baltic countries this year, include Ieva Biliūnaitė, from the production company “In Script“, who worked as a line producer for Miracle (dir.  E. Vertelytė) and Together For Ever (dir. L. Lužytė) and as an executive producer for Radviliada (dir. R. Rakauskaitė), and Medeina Birgilaitė, from the production company “Artbox“, coordinator of many co-productions (Tulip, Love, Honor & Bicycle, Foam at the Mouth and TokyoTrial ).

Altogether, five Lithuanian producers took part in the selection process: besides Ieva Biliūnaitė and Medeina Birgilaitė, applications for participation in the „Match Me!“ programme were provided by Romas Zabarauskas (“Naratyvas“), Agnė Adomėnė (“Art Shot“) and Waldemar Lowczyk (“Ketvirta versija“). The criteria to select the participants used by the programme’s organisers were to have 1 to 3 years of experience in the field of production, to have at least 1 long or 2 short films completed, as well as present the company that they are representing.

In addition to the selected Lithuanian producers, two producers each from Latvia and Estonia will be attending “Match Me!”. The participation of the Baltic States at the Locarno International Film Festival’s industry events continues a partnership that was started in 2017. Last year selected filmmakers from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia had the opportunity to present their films in post-production at the festival’s “First Look” programme. The agreement between the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian film institutions and the Locarno International Film Festival on the participation of Baltic producers in “Match Me!” was signed this year in February at the annual European Film Market in the Berlin International Film Festival.

“Match Me!” is a networking forum for young companies and their active producers, to give them the opportunity to present their companies and upcoming co-production projects to an international community of film professionals. In addition to informal networking opportunities and special attention, the participants from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be offered lectures and masterclasses on strategic film production company development, where experienced speakers will discuss the changing international film market and possibilities it offers to each company.

The Locarno International Film Festival’s industry programme “Match Me!” will take place from August 3rd to 5th, during the film festival.

Participation of the Lithuanian producers in the programme is initiated and supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.