The 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival, which kicked off on Friday, is featuring not only a number of co-productions with Lithuania, but also a large delegation representing the country. This year, unlike before, the core of the Lithuanian delegation, along with colleagues from Latvia and Estonia, came to San Sebastian to present films still in production stage and to seek cooperation opportunities with Latin American and European film industry professionals. The festival, in cooperation with the Baltic national film institutions, is offering the production partnership promoting programme to filmmakers from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for the first time.
Lithuania is having a presence in the festival’s film programme as well. Two Lithuanian co-productions have been selected for competition. Core of the World (dir. Natalia Meshchaninova, Russia, Lithuania), a drama co-produced by Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė (Just a Moment), is competing in the New Directors section showcasing debut and second features by filmmakers from Europe, Asia and Latin America. Core of the World premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Another competitive section, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera, includes Trot (orig. Trote), a Spanish-Lithuanian co-production feature film directed by the Spanish filmmaker Xacio Baño and co-produced by Marija Razgutė (Čiobreliai (M-Films)). The film’s international premiere was at the Locarno International Film Festival in August.
Film Core of the World by Natalia Meshchaninova (co-producer Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė)
Fifteen producers from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia came to San Sebastian for the networking programme Glocal Meets the Baltics as well as to take part in the 7th Europe–Latin America Co-Production Forum. Lithuania is represented by Giedrė Žickytė, Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, Marija Razgutė, Paulius Juočeris and Andrius Lekavičius. The producer Ieva Norvilienė is also taking part in the Co-Production Forum along with other alumni of the European Film Promotion’s Producers on the Move programme.
Invisible, a film by Ignas Jonynas that is currently in its final stages of production, will be presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Glocal in Progress section and will compete for the award consisting of the post-production of the film and its distribution in Spain. Participants at San Sebastian’s industry events will also hear about tax incentive schemes for film production in the Baltic states, their benefits and results.
Vilnius Film Cluster is taking part at the San Sebastian Film Festival to promote the Lithuanian film industry as part of a project, partly funded by the EU, aimed at expanding its members’ export geography. The cluster is represented by the production company Artbox, Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”, the film distribution company Europos Kinas as well as the cinema theatre Pasaka, the animation studio MeinArt and professional film and lighting equipment rent company Cinevera.
The 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival, which runs between 21 and 29 September, is one of the world’s A category festivals and one of Spain’s most important cultural events. The agreement between the festival and the three Baltic film institutions on bringing Baltic producers to Glocal Meets the Baltics and other industry events was signed in February at the annual European Film Market. Participation of the Lithuanian producers in the programme is initiated and supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.