Lithuanian Cinema Strengthens its Educational Activities


2017 12 21


Raising of citizenship, strengthening of national identity and attention to film education – the Lithuanian Film Centre will focus on these priorities while distributing state film funding that has nearly doubled. The implemented programmes will involve children and young people into filmmaking on the theme of the Centenary of Lithuania’s Independence and will create favourable conditions for young filmmakers to implement their ideas. These topics were discussed during today’s meeting of the Minister of Culture Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson and the Director of the Lithuanian Film Centre Rolandas Kvietkauskas.

“Cinema creates good opportunities to encourage the interest of young people in history of our country, to develop our resistance to hostile propaganda, to strengthen critical thinking. Cinema has to become an important part of education. The programme of Centenary of our Independence and films created on this occasion will give an impetus for this,” the Minister of Culture stated.

The Minister of Culture emphasised that these projects dedicated to the Centenary of Lithuania should turn into ongoing activities – the making of national historical films will be supported in future too.

The meeting participants also discussed methods how the possibilities of the mobile film studio could be used better in regions, without leaving out smaller municipalities, and how the potential of the best film professionals could be employed. It is planned that children will be introduced to the filmmaking process in this film studio, they will be able to become actors, directors themselves and make a film on a topic actual to them.

R. Kvietkauskas informed about the film dissemination programme in Lithuania starting in January. Its aim is to promote film culture and to move as many cinema-related events to regions as possible. Ten Lithuanian films created for the jubilee of the Independence are anticipated next year. Film dissemination funding will be increased markedly so that these films could be seen by inhabitants of big cities as well as regions.

Lithuania has received 12 invitations to present its films in foreign countries next year.

The Lithuanian Film Centre has also speeded up the digitization and reconstruction of the national film heritage. Films previously kept in film archives will now become available to the public. The film library will enlarge by 36 Lithuanian films, the copies of which have been purchased abroad.

The Law on Cinema recently passed by the Parliament enables to improve the funding model and establishes better conditions for ensuring Lithuanian film development as well as international competitive ability.

The Minister of Culture L. Ruokytė-Jonsson is planning to meet other general managers of state cultural institutions and organisations in order to discuss funding priorities and most important work of the year.