Vilnius International Film Festival
(Vilnius IFF) "Kino pavasaris
" was established in 1995 at the legendary movie theatre “Lietuva”. The surroundings and place of the theatre was a perfect location to present the most interesting and newest independent films, critically acclaimed filmmakers.
In 2010 Vilnius IFF will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Now that fourteen years have passed since the first festival took place, it earned a widely respected reputation for its high quality films, serious discussions and widely respected Lithuanian and international filmmakers, original thematic and educational crowd pulling events.
Festival has earned its reputation because it showed films that were carefully picked out of other international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, Toronto, etc.) and have been awarded the prizes by both the audience and film critics.
The partnership with European Union’s MEDIA program, membership of CICAE organization is a testimony of the quality and professionalism of Vilnius IFF. Throughout the fourteen years of existence festival has managed not only to gather a number of dedicated fans but also it has been cooperating with a great number of international film festivals, film companies, independent film producers and foreign embassies.
In 2009 Vilnius IFF for the first time presented the competition programme “New Europe – New Names” with a solid international Jury. Only the best debut films from East and Central Europe were presented for “The Best film” award. It will become an annual competition since it has been received like a small diamond by audience and mass media.
Every year Vilnius IFF presents more than 100 films which are divided into a number of programs. The viewers have a chance to see the newest and critically acclaimed works of the professional film makers (“Masters”), to become acquainted with controversial films (“Brave vision”), to evaluate the upcoming new film makers’ works (“Discoveries”), the latest bold – brave and important documentaries (“Cinedocs”), to see the newest works of the Lithuanian filmmakers (“Lithuanian Dreams”), to get acquainted with the films of far, exotic and unknown foreign countries (“Special Program”) as well as the best of cinema classics (“Retrospective”).
In 2005 Vilnius IFF has been visited by a breaking number of viewers which reached a 40 per cent increase since 2004 (in 2004 over 28,000 viewers and in 2005 over 41,000). Since then the festival is witnessing an increase in attendance, which is about 50,000 every year.
Vilnius IFF is a perfect opportunity not only to see great films but also to meet in person with cinema masters and actors. The festival is proud to have received quests such as Emir Kusturica, Mike Leigh, Leos Carax, Javor Gardev, Attila Galambos and actors like Hana Schygulla, Ian Somerhalder, Dexter Fletcher, Ion Sapdaru, Teador Corban, Mircea Andreescu and others. In the future we expect the festival to be visited by many more international movie stars.
The festival is not only a fun activity but it is also a social responsible organization that offers educational programs as well, such as special educational program for students (“Cinema Book”), also special projects to increase awareness of and discussions concerning global warming issues, all kinds of exhibitions, master classes for upcoming professionals and young generation filmmakers.
• The mission of Vilnius IFF is to provide the viewers with the opportunity to see the latest, already accredited independent films from all around the world.
• To create the unforgettable “celebration of cinema” atmosphere in Vilnius city.
• To inform, inspire and educate young audience. Festival’s vision
• To get the international recognition as one of the leading film festivals in New Europe region;
• To introduce the newest debut films from New Europe region in competition program;
• To present the most important filmmakers from all around the world.