The 71st Cannes International Film Festival – one of the most important film industry events around the globe – opens today and will take place on May 8–19. Lithuania will traditionally present its potential at the festival’s film market Marché du Film. About 50 representatives of the Lithuanian film industry will take part at the market and across the programme set up for industry professionals.

Producer Lukas Trimonis was selected for the networking platform Producers on the Move, the special programme Vilnius Goes to Cannes will feature the film Isaac by the filmmaker Jurgis Matulevičius while the country’s pavilion will promote Lithuanian films and raise awareness about the Lithuanian film tax incentive which has already brought over €8.5m of investments into film production in Lithuania during the past few years.

“Each visit at the Cannes shows that we don’t really need to explain where we come from or how we work anymore”, Dovilė Butnoriūtė, the head of the Lithuanian pavilion and the head of Department of Film Promotion, Information and Heritage at the Lithuanian Film Centre, says. “Lithuania has fortified its position on the global film industry map as a regional hub of professionals. Festival programmers show interest in the films currently in production and in Lithuania as a partner country offering exciting and diverse content through retrospectives and special programmes. This year we will focus on special events to strengthen industry ties between Lithuania and the Baltic states, Poland, Croatia, and Georgia, and to promote co-production. We get a lot of attention and honoured guests, so we can only hope that the coming days bring new projects and good results.”

Photo by Lithuanian film centre.


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