The 71st Locarno International Film Festival, which kicks off today, is exceptionally rich in Lithuanian accents. Three Lithuanian films or co-productions have been selected to participate in the festival’s programmes and will have their world premieres in Locarno, to be presented by their filmmakers. In addition to film screenings, three promising Lithuanian producers will represent their country at the festival’s industry days.
The Lithuanian Film Centre has distributed €781,153 at its second session of financing for 2018. In all, 34 film projects received funding for production and development.
The government has allocated €583,583 for the production of 16 films, including one feature film, four documentaries, five shorts and six minority co-productions.
Five Lithuanian Producers Will Participate in Special San Sebastian Film Festival Industry Programme
Five producers from Lithuania have been selected to participate in the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival‘s special industry programme „Glocal Meets the Baltics“, which aims to foster networking and co-production with Spain, Basque and Latin American countries. In the festival‘s programme, which pays special attention to centenary of statehood restoration celebrated by the Baltic States, Lithuania will be represented by Giedrė Žickytė, who will present director Marija Stonytė‘s documentary film Gentle Warriors („Švelnūs kariai“), Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, presenting the documentary The Harbor („Uostas“) by Albina Griniūtė, Paulius Juočeris with documentary El Padre Medico by Vytautas Puidokas, Andrius Lekavičius with his current documentary project World of Tanks ( „Tankų pasaulis“) and Marija Razgutė with Three („Trys“), a feature film by Juanjo Giménez. A total of seven applications were submitted by Lithuanian producers.
Over the first six months of this year, national cinema in Lithuania has seen a significant rise in attendance, as evidenced by box office returns: ticket sales of Lithuanian films have almost reached 60% of last year’s total (€2.6 million, compared to €4.5 million in 2017), attracting 500,000 viewers (compared to 860,000 for the whole 2017). National cinema has also increased its share in theatre programming to unprecedented 28% of the market, a significant rise from 22% last year.
Three Lithuanian producers are selected to participate in the new industry programme “Matchmaking Forum“, to be held on July 17–20 during the Pula Film Festival (Croatia), with Lithuania and Georgia this year being guest countries at the event.