3 countries, 12 film festivals
This year, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are celebrating their statehood centenaries. Among the activities are 12 joint film promotion projects spread throughout 2018. "When working together, it is easier for Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to gain access to high-profile festivals and film industry events. This year, as we are celebrating statehood centenaries of all the three nations, we have an opportunity to draw attention to ourselves and plan an intensive year of promoting Baltic cinema," says Rolandas Kvietkauskas, CEO of Lithuanian Film Centre. "Together we get more visibility than separately," agrees Edith Sepp, CEO of the Estonian Film Institute.
In 2018, the Baltic film industry will be presented in Glasgow, Moscow, Stuttgart, Copenhagen, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Reykjavik, Lübeck and Tbilisi. In addition, joint film programmes, retrospectives and industry events will present the filmmaking potential of the Baltic states.
Aside from a joint film promotion projects, the three states also award the Baltic Prize to the best Baltic project at the co-production forum "When East Meets West" in Trieste every year between 2018 and 2020. "The Baltic Special Award should foster co-productions and encourage development of new projects between our countries," says Dita Rietuma, CEO of the National Film Centre of Latvia. This year, it went to I'll Stand By You, a project presented to the international audience by Virginija Vareikytė from Lithuania and Maximilien Dejoie from Italy.