Lithuania to strengthen Baltic film alliances
Lithuania in northern Europe is planning to strengthen its formal filmmaking alliances with Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia by increasing investment in regional co-productions.
“The Lithuanian Film Centre (LFC) gave funding to ten co-productions with Latvia and Estonia in 2015,” said Rolandas Kvietkauskas, director of the centre, in comments to FilmNewEurope.com.
“The amount of €234,000 went to five Lithuanian/Estonian co-productions while four Lithuanian/Latvian co-productions received €314,000.”
Over the course of 2016 the LFC will support co-production investment with an extra half-million Euros in its annual fund compared to 2015, bringing the total figure for this year to just short of €2.7m.
Lithuania offers a 20% filming incentive for productions that spend at least €43,000 locally. The programme currently runs through to the end of 2018 and has helped secure foreign shoots like courtroom drama The Eichmann Show and War and Peace, both from the BBC.
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