Baltic Countries at the centre of the European Film Market 2023


2022 05 21


Vice-Minister of Culture Daina Urbanavičienė participated in the events and workshops of the 75th International Cannes Film Festival, as well as in signing of the agreement between the Baltic film institutions and the representatives of the European Film Market.

In it was agreed to put the emphasis on the Baltic countries during the European Film Market taking place during the Berlin Film Festival of 2023 – Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian cinema and industries will be widely presented in a special programme “Country in Focus”.

“The Baltic film industries will receive an exclusive visibility and media platform next year in Berlin. This will undoubtedly raise the profile of the film industries in these countries and help them to establish themselves among European film professionals. For Lithuania, as for most other countries, the European Film Market is one of the main film events of the year, important not only in Europe but also worldwide,” the Vice-Minister of Culture said.

Daina Urbanavičienė visited the Lithuanian stand at the Cannes Film Festival, inviting visitors to get acquainted with the latest works of Lithuanian cinema and favourable conditions for film production in Lithuania, emphasizing the extremely successful results of the income tax exemption for film production in our country. Lithuania has also contributed to the installation of the pavilion of Ukraine, to which the Cannes Film Festival pays special attention.

The Vice-Minister attended the premiere of the film “Mariupolis 2” by Mantas Kvedaravičius, the director, who was murdered in Ukraine, and also met with Guillaume Esmiol, the new director of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian film industry and Ukrainian filmmakers.

In Cannes, the Vice-Minister of Culture Daina Urbanavičienė together with the Ministers of Culture of Latvia, Estonia, and other countries participated in a meeting with Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market. The need to prevent the Russian war propaganda and disinformation by imposing sanctions on the means of its dissemination and through support to the Ukrainian media, was emphasized during the meeting.

Photo by Audrius Solominas