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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...

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...

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.

16th Vilnius international film festival: 16 times more visitors

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16th Vilnius international film festival ended with the record number of visitors. This year there were over 60 thousand film fans, who visited the biggest film event in Lithuania. This is 16 times more, than during the first festival in 1996, when festival had 4000 viewers. "The second generation of festival lovers has grown - this is the main reason for the record number of festival visitors", says director of Vilnius international film festival Vida Ramaškienė.130 films were show...

Book Smuggler

Director: Jonas Trukanas.
Year 1869 – Lithuania is a part of Imperial Russia. Both Lithuanian written language and Lithuanian press are banished. But these oppressions are engaged by secret Lithuanian schools – where young people are thaught Lithuanian language and book smugglers start walking around villages and smuggling books to simple folk. Even if large part of society is still indifferent to Lithuanian national identity – book smuggler ranks are constantly growing. Colorful life of nineteenth century Lithuanian country side, humor, adventures, dangers and hard choices… That’s only a little part of what scapegrace named Jurgis experiences when he meets book smuggler Mažvydas.

The Film Festival Forum

2nd International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” Vilnius

International Film Festivals Forum “Eastern-Central Drift” is being held for the 2nd time in Vilnius as a part of 16th Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”.

The event intends to become an annual gathering place and creative ideas production lab for main international film festivals of the region.

The festivals Forum is taking place on the March 28-31st at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Vilnius and will make it possible for more than 20 International film festival representatives and highly experienced keynote speakers to discuss topical issues for contemporary film promoters, such as building up closer relations with other film industry players, improving cooperation with private sponsors, increasing the diversity of the audience, developing sustainable cross-border cooperation, contribution to the growth of Europe’s creative economy, and many other.


The organizers of the Forum hope that this new initiative will generate answers and creative ideas that will help to meet new challenges and enrich film festivals of the Eastern-Central Europe in new cross-border undertakings.

Failed Scenario

Director: Kristina Sereikaite, Linas Mikuta.
The plot talks about a lonely timid woman who works in a low-end inn. When a happy couple accidentally leaves a purse at the table, the inn busser can't resist the temptation to check its contents. There she finds intriguing evidence of crime, but runs out of time to inspect it since the criminal himself rushes into the toilet to catch her in the act. The scene turns dramatic, but is all the way it looks to be? Genre: illusory drama with thriller elements

DOTFEST ONLINE JURY CHAT on APRIL 18!

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DON’T MISS THIS: DOTFEST ONLINE JURY CHAT on APRIL 18! Well-known jury members such as Jonas Mekas (USA) — filmmaker, founder of the Anthology Film Archives, Nag Vladermersky (UK) — director of LIAF, co-director of MIAF, Jean-Gabriel Periot (France) — acclaimed filmmaker, Andre Werner (Germany) — artist, will gather to watch the films with you and chat online to finally unveil the best one in each category. We are ready to announce the exact time of the online jury chat!...

Jonas Mekas

Another Great Person On Our Jury List!

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Another great person on our jury list is Nag Vladermersky. Being a big lover of the animation, Nag is a person behind the London International Animation Festival and co-director of the Melbourne International Animation Festival. Don't miss the full info on him and Jonas Mekas in our Jury section.  Find more - http://dotfest.net/pages/festival_jury/ ...

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

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