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The premiere of Daumantas Narkevičius “Restricted Sensation”

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Kaunas International Film Festival invited its viewers to the premiere of the latest film of Deimantas Narkevičius “Restricted Sensation” with the director present for Q&A. This film was presented to Kaunas and Vilnius audience. Kaunas International Film Festival invited its viewers to the premiere of the latest film of Deimantas Narkevičius “Restricted Sensation” with the director present for Q&A. This film was presented to Kaunas and Vilnius audience. Film takes plac...

Films created in Bela Tarr master classes were presented in Kaunas International Film Festival closure

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In the evening of October 9, Kaunas International Film Festival presented films, made in Bela Tarr two-day master classes at café “Suflerio būdelė, The 5th Kaunas International Film Festival and “MEDIA Desk Lithuania” arranged an event and invited 6 young film makers by giving them an exclusive opportunity to create with a legendary Hungarian director Bela Tarr. Film professionals were able to develop their knowledge of how modern technologies influence filmmaking. Each participant lau...

Read the reviews written during the critic‘s workshop of Kaunas International Film Festival

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This year a critic‘s workshops was held at Kaunas International Film Festival to give the young film critics the opportunity to express their thoughts not only in the close circle of friends in the form of discussion, but as well to write them down and share with the crowd of film viewers. For five days the participants worked closely and intensively with the prestigious film critic Boyd van Hoeij from Luxembourg trying to deepen their view about the specifics of film criticism, analyzing f...

Kaunas International Film Festival presents the school project “Learning from Films”

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This year the repertoire of the Kaunas International Film Festival included several films as the part of the new education project “Learning from Films”. During the festival viewers had the possibility the famous film “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi from Iran and Swedish directors‘ Babak Najafi piece about adolescence, isolation and poverty “Sebbe”. As well groups of pupils were offered special sessions of thematically relevant films such as “Hands Up”, “Against All Odds”,...

Guests from US, Poland and Luxemburg visited Kaunas

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The 5th Kaunas International Film Festival invited the audience to good cinematic screenings of high artistic value including to meetings with film makers from US, Poland and Luxemburg. In Kaunas, the Polish director Leszek Dawid, presented his film “My name is Ki”. This film reveals a portrait of modern woman and brings society’s disfavor to a lonely mother up-to-date. In Kaunas International Film Festival programme section “Music Moves the World” a film about Luxemburg’s ...

A flash of New York in Kaunas International Film Festival

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The audience of Kaunas International Film Festival enjoyed an experimental cinema programme, curated by Jonas Mekas. It was an avant-garde female film programme, specially composed for a festival, a particular program – “Tribute to Adolfas Mekas” and the latest films of Jonas Mekas were demonstrated in special screenings. 30 September the audience had an opportunity to set eyes on Jonas Mekas film “Was There a War?” and in the evening –the Lithuanian premiere of Mekas latest film...

Kaunas International Film Festival was opened with a premiere of a Lithuanian film

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Kaunas International Film Festival, one of the most important Lithuanian cinematic events has began. The festival opened by a Lithuanian film „The Field of Magic“ premiere in Kaunas cinema “Cinamon”. The best films of contemporary cinema and retrospectives will be also shown in “Zalgiris arena” and Kaunas District Public Library. Next week the festival is coming to Vilnius and other cities. During the opening Kaunas Film Festival was congratulated Minister of Culture Arūnas Gel...

Béla Tarr visits Kaunas with “The Turin Horse” and special masterclass courses

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Organizers of Kaunas International Film Festival have promised a surprise: a Hungarian film directorBélaTarr is coming back to Kaunas for the second year in a row. One of the famous master of auteur cinema is going to present his latest film “The Turin Horse”, winner of Silver Bear and FIPRESCI at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Moreover, an iconic director will take camera and teach young cinema trainees. B. Tarr has announced that “The Turin Horse is his final film. Director feel...

Kaunas Film Festival and Silver channel to present the Audience Award for the second year

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For the second year in a row, the viewers of Kaunas International Film Festival will be entitled to vote for and award the film that they like best. This is the continuing cooperation between the Festival and the quality film channel Silver managed by Turner Broadcasting System. The film of the viewer’s choice will be presented with the Silver Audience Award Cup and receive free marketing on the channels Silver and Star! in the Baltics.   Silver is a channel for cineast...

The 5th Kaunas International Film Festival to be opened by Mindaugas Survila’s film The Field of Magic

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For the second year in a row, Kaunas International Film Festival will be opened by a Lithuanian film – this year it will be the documentary The Field of Magic by Mindaugas Survila. The premiere of the story about the people who have been living in the Buda Forest near the former Karijotiškės landfill for over 20 years will take place in Kaunas on September 27. “We are establishing a tradition to begin the programme of the Festival with a Lithuanian film – last year we scre...

Last chance to submit your film for the 5th Kaunas International Film Festival

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  Kaunas International Film Festival calls filmmakers to submit their films for this year’s programme. Films fitting into one of the programme sections – “Identity”, “All the Muses”, “Music Moves the World” and the short film programme – have to be submitted by June 24. In order to participate in the festival, the applicants have to register and fill in the application form in the visitor page of the Kaunas IFF’s website, provided by festiv...

Kaunas International Film Festival

Organisation

The organisation „Visos mūzos“ has established Kaunas International Film Festival (Kaunas IFF) in 2007 as a public act seeking to draw attention of audiences and decision makers towards homogenization of film culture in Lithuania and seeking to save the oldest cinema theater in Lithuania. The event during the years developed into a real celebration of film art.

Festival

Today, Kaunas IFF is one of Lithuania’s most appreciated film festivals and the main film event in Kaunas. It presents films which have been acclaimed worldwide and also looks for new discoveries. The main priority of Kaunas IFF is a combination of the artistic and social statements in film. The festival continues its strategy to present exclusively Lithuanian or Baltic premiers. 5th edition, September 27 - October 9, 2011 includes:
 feature films in the Wide Angle, Identity sections.
 Mainly documentaries in “Music Moves the world”, “All the Muses” sections, and selection of 
short films, animations and retrospectives in side-bars
. Kaunas IFF is the official festival and distribution partner of the innovative network „Eye on Films“, supported by MEDIA Mundus, a member of the CICAE network, and the Lithuanian representative organisation in the European Network of Young Cinema – Nisi Masa.

Distribution

In 2010 Kaunas IFF started theatrical distribution in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. While major distributors in the Baltic countries mainly present Hollywood studio productions and mainstream 3D films, Kaunas International Film Festival seeks to make space for art-house films in cinemas. The idea is to influence and change the theatrical distribution situation in the Baltic countries by increasing the number of art-house films in the regular cinema repertoire. Kaunas IFF believes in strengthening the film industry by art-house film promotion and distribution.

Objectives

The central objective for Kaunas IFF is to enhance film culture and film industry in Lithuania and to represent Lithuanian film industry for film professionals worldwide. Festival celebrates art-house filmmaking. An important part of the film culture revival in Lithuania is presenting retrospective programmes combined with panel discussions, master-classes, special lectures as part of film education.

For the 16th time Lithuania greets the spring with the International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris

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For the 16th time Lithuania greets the spring with the International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris. This year is no exception, but rather a colourful addition to the history of the festival. From the 17th to the 31st of March a fresh gust of films will storm the cinemas promising real emotion without cliches and predictable happy endings. The need for great films is growing with every year, recognising this we will bring more than 130 new films, including the screamers of 2010, to the cinemas of ...

“Devil’s Miner” wins Estonian People’s Award at Pärnu

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“Devil’s Miner” wins Estonian People’s Award at PärnuBest Film prize goes to “Before Flying Back to Earth”The Devil’s Miner, directed by Richard Ladkani and Kief Davidson, beat off stiff competition from seven other entrants to win top prize at Estonia’s Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival last night (July 16,2006).The 20th edition of the festival, which is held in the country’s delightful summer capital some 130 kilometres south of the administrative capital Tallin...

Leipzig Festival Awards "Before Flying Back to the Earth"

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The prizes of the 48th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film were awarded on Saturday evening in Leipzig. The main prizes of the festival went to "Before Flying Back to the Earth" by Arunas Matelis, Lithuania (Golden Dove for the best long documentary); "For a Miracle" by Jarek Sztandera, Poland (Golden Dove for the best short documentary); "Mississippi" by Arash T. Riahi, Austria (Golden Dove for the best animated film); "The North Star" by Erkko Lyytinen, Finland (Ta...
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