Lithuanian Film Centre

Where
Lithuania
When
2016
Who
Ministry of Culture of Lithuania
Key objectives of the measure:

The Film Law of the Republic of Lithuania was amended in 22nd of December 2011, creating the legal basis for the reform of the cinema policy. As a consequence the Lithuanian Film Centre was established in May 2012 as a state agency under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.  

The analysis of the cinema sector detected the need for better coordination and administration of the sector policy. The goal was to establish institution that would ensure effective distribution of public resources, coordinate promotion and distribution of movies both nationally and internationally, actively participate in the protection and digitisation of cinema heritage, create a unified statistics system, contribute to the training of professionals. The activities of the Lithuanian Film Centre would also contribute to the competitiveness of the film industry in the international market.

The aim of the Centre is to participate in designing an effective cinema and audiovisual sector policy and to foster the sustainability of the Lithuanian cinema industry.

    Scope of the measure:
    Local, National, International
    Nature of the measure:
    legislative, regulatory, financial, institutional
    Main feature of the measure:

    Project financing. The Lithuanian Film Centre provides funding for the cinema development and production. Producers can submit applications in 14 categories. Favourable conditions apply to the debut or the first movies. The films produced under the co-production conditions are given priority. State support is given to promote national movies in international festivals or to participate in various international training workshops, pitching sessions with a new film ideas. Projects submitted for funding are evaluated by the Film Council - an advisory body of 7 cinema creators,critics and producers. 

    Movie education. Cinema Education Resources Database was created. It includes online acces to the movies as well as methodological materials for teachers and its aims is to encouraget the use of movies in the educational process. This initiative is supported by an annual Young Film Critics Competitions that encouraging young people to watch and analyse movies as well as at developing intellectual and critical tallents. 

    Preservation of film heritage. LFC implements the feature and documentary movie digitisation programe. Movies are restored and better acces using digital technologies is provided to the audience. 

    Film register and film rating. The Film Register was established. Online publicly accesible information on all movies screened in cinemas in Lithuania in order to ensure the protection of copyright and related rights. Special movie rating commision of film, education, psychology experts evaluates and attributes ratings according to the suitability of movies to certain age audience. Experts decision can not be changed by civil servants. 

    Statistics. Since 2014 the Film Centre made agreements with movies distribution companies and collects movies and cinema audiences statistics. All data is publicly accesible on website, statistical reports are updated every week. 

    Training of proffesionals. Every year LFC invites international training programmes to Lithuania and supports the Lithuanian professionals' part.

    www.lkc.lt

    Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

    Effective implementation of the state cinema policy.

    Effective and transparent grant giving system.

    Increase of the national cinema production and audiences.

    Better visibility and recognition of the Lithuanian cinema industry.

    More international productions shooting in Lithuania.

    Strengthening cinema positions in the national education system.  

    Providing research and data for evident based cinema policy.

    Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

    2012 - 1.948.955 eur

    2013 - 2.751.391 eur

    2014 - 3.024.501 eur

    2015 - 3.078.652 eur

    Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
    Cultural Domain(s)
    Cinema/ Audiovisual Arts
    Cultural Value Chain
    Creation
    Production
    Distribution