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Film Centre financial support to the film industry in Lithuania increased by 10% between 2013 and 2014.

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Lithuania/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

In 1999, the Seimas ratified the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. In 2007 the government adopted the resolution on Lithuania's admission to the Eurimage Fund.

The Cinema Law was adopted by the Seimasin 2002 (amended in 2011)and sets forth the principles for managing the film system in Lithuania, film production and financing, regulating the activities of cinemas, protecting film heritage, disseminating cinema-related information to the public, and other issues. According to the law, the Film Council was established, which acts as an advisory board to the Ministry of Culture and is responsible for evaluating film projects receiving state support, and for providing advice on film policy, production and distribution in Lithuania. The amendments to the Cinema Law included an important article on establishment of the Film Centre (Kino centras), a budget organisation under the Ministry of Culture. The Centre was established in 2012 and is responsible for the implementation of state policy in the film sector, evaluation and financing of national film projects, dissemination of Lithuanian film production, educational programmes, film heritage, film register etc.

Film Centre financial support to the film industry was 9 500 000 LTL in 2013 and (planned) 10 443 000 LTL in 2014 (http://www.lkc.lt/statistika).

The full length film production process in Lithuania usually takes more than 2-3 years, therefore the Table below indicates the films completed in the respective year.

Table 5:     Number of state films produced, 2010-2012

Year

Full length

Short length

Animation

Documentaries

Total

2012

4

1

10

18

33

2011

2

19

8

9

38

2010

4

13

4

11

32

Source:     http://www.lkc.lt/statistika/

Films produced in Lithuania represent only 0.1% of the film repertoire screened (in Latvia national films screen represents 4.3% and in Estonia it is 2% of the film repertoire). The Lithuanian Film Studio was privatised in 2003.

Over the last two decades, over 40 new film production companies emerged. Independent film company production output makes up most of the national film production. Producers of Lithuanian films increasingly pursue co-production possibilities with foreign film companies, and the process increased after joining the EU.

In 2010 the European Commission presented the conclusions on Lithuania's state support to film production and accepted that it corresponds to the provisions of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union.


Chapter published: 28-11-2014

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