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Kino pavasaris

Vilnius International Film Festival.

About

The festival is unquestionably one of the most anticipated annual cultural events in Lithuania – perhaps even the one. It is the largest cinematic event in the country, known and loved for its high quality film programme and rich accompanying package of cinema-related events, workshops, and special initiatives. Festival's mission is to provide audiences with the most powerful, most intriguing, least expected independent cinema from all around the world and engage and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Vilnius IFF successfully cooperates with various other international film festivals as well as film companies, distributors, and independent producers. Festival's membership of CICAE and the long-lasting partnership with the EU’s Media programme is yet another sign of its dedication to showcase only the best of independent cinema.

Program

  • International Competition "New Europe – New Names" for films from Eastern and Central Europe Countries;
  • International Competition "Baltic Gaze" for films from Baltic Region Countries;
  • International Competition "Short Competition" for short films from Eastern and Central Europe Countries;
  • Non-competitive sections for feature, documentary, animated films: "Festival's Finest", "Masters", "Discoveries", "Critics choice", "Documentaries", "VIASAT Comedies", "American Independents", "New Russian Cinema", "Films for Family", "Music Films", "Culinary Films" and "Special Screenings";
  • Lithuanian Films: "Lithuanian Premieres", "Lithuaninan Films", "Lithuanian Shorts" and "Lithuanians Abroad".

Awards

New Europe — New Names:

  • Grand Prix (statue and 7,000 Euro shared equally by the director and the producer);
  • statue for the Best Director;
  • statue for the Best Actress;
  • statue for the Best Actor;
  • special independent prize for the Best Film selected by CICAE members Jury (Art Cinema Award).

Baltic Gaze:

  • Best Film Award (statue and 5,000 Euro shared equally by the director and the producer).

Short Competition:

  • Best Short Film Award (statue and 2,500 Euro for the director).

Lithuanian Films:

  • Audience award for the Best Lithuanian Film,
  • Best Student Film for a film created by a student while studying BA in Lithuanian university, academy or arts school.

Non-competitive sections:

  • Audience Award for a feature film,
  • Audience Award for a short film.

Rules

Eligible for the "New Europe – New Names" are:

  • first or second feature films;
  • films from Eastern and Central Europe countries only (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine);
  • fiction films only;
  • films that have never been presented in Lithuania at any public screenings (not required for national submissions);
  • films over 60 minutes;
  • screened in 35 mm, DCP, HDCam or Blu-ray;
  • films premiered after January 1st, 2014.

Eligible for the "Baltic Gaze" are:

  • films from Baltic region countries only (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden);
  • fiction and documentary films only;
  • films that have never been presented in Lithuania at any public screenings (not required for national submissions);
  • films over 60 minutes;
  • screened in 35 mm, DCP, HDCam or Blu-ray;
  • films premiered after January 1st, 2014.

Eligible for the "Short Competition" are:

  • films up to 30 minutes;
  • films from Eastern and Central Europe countries only (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine);
  • fictions, documentary, animation, experimental films;
  • screened from Digital film file (HD) - resolution: 720p or 1080p, codec: H.264, bitrate: 20 - 50 mb/s, aspect ratio: 16:9, file type: mp4, mov, avi;
  • films that have never been presented in Lithuania at any public screenings;
  • films premiered after September 1st, 2013.

Lithuanian Films:

  • Lithuanian and co-prodution feature films, documentaries, animations and short films;
  • premiered after January 1, 2014;
  • films in "Lithuanian Premiers" section cannot have national premiere before the festival.

Non-competitive sections:

  • films premiered after January 1st, 2014.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • fill the official entry form on festival management system EVENTIVAL,
  • provide all requested documentation,
  • send a DVD by post or provide a link with the access to the online version of the film. Please mark the mailings "Without commercial value, for cultural purposes only" and "No value" or not more than "10 US $".

Additional Information

Selection results will be announced not later than 45 days before the festival. Only entrants whose films were selected will be informed.

A selected film cannot be withdrawn from the programme after January 15th, 2015.

DVD's sent to the pre-selection will not be returned and will be added to the festival's archive.

The prints should reach the Festival Office in Vilnius by March 14th, 2015 or one week before first scheduled screening.

If not agreed otherwise, the festival covers the transportation of prints to and from Lithuania, if the print is transported from and to the lending company (Producer/Sales Agent), and one way (to Lithuania only), if the print is transported along a chain of festivals.

All prints will be returned by April 21st, 2015 at the latest.

The organizer is responsible for the prints from the moment of pick-up from the shipper (when importing) to the moment of giving them to the shipper (when re-exporting). The festival's responsibility for damage or loss of the print is limited to the cost of making a new print according to the present laboratory rate for making a standard print.

Damage to the film print must be reported within a month after return and prior to any following screening.

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Documents

Place

Lithuania
Vilnius

Official website

kinopavasaris.lt

Contacts

Address:

Vilnius International Film Festival KINO PAVASARIS
Lithuanians Abroad programme
Gedimino av. 50, 5th floor
LT-01110, Vilnius  

Email:
submissions@kinopavasaris.lt

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    December 01, 2017
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