With its windy roads, beaches, castles and palaces, Lithuania (officially the Republic of Lithuania) has a lot on offer for filmmakers. The capital, Vilnius, is the main production hub, but the country has evolved over the years to become more film friendly and has seen a lot of activity over recent years, with the likes of Anna Karenina (2012 TV version) filming in the capital.
Situated in northern Europe along the south eastern shore of the Baltic Sea, bordering with Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Russia, Lithuania has an estimated population of three million.
The atmosphere of its cities, with its Baroque Roman Catholic churches, is almost that of Italy, with more rural areas offering national parks with vast tracts of oak and pine forests.
Transport links are easily available, with good rail links and motorways.
It was confirmed in the summer of 2018 that Lithuania would provide the main filming base for Sky/HBO's major period drama mini-series, Catherine the Great, starring Helen Mirren as the powerful Russian monarch.
Lithuania was also chosen by the BBC and The Weinstein Company as one of the main filming locations for their major TV adaptation of Tolstoy's War and Peace, with shooting from early 2015.
In the autumn of 2014, UK-based production company Feelgood Fiction chose Vilnius to double as Jerusalem for their TV feature about the televising of the trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann. The historical drama, called the Eichmann Show, stars Martin Freeman and Anthony LaPaglia.
Siberian Education (2013) starring John Malkovich was recently filmed in Lithuania, as was the TV movie version of Anna Karenina (2012) which was filmed in Vilnius and surrounding locations. Directed by Christian Duguay, the film was produced by Italian film company Lux Vide.
Lithuania has one main studio, Lithuanian Film Studios. To contact the studios, click here.
The country offers a wide range of locations, including lakes, forests, castles and picturesque landscapes.
World War II resistance movie Defiance (2008) starring Daniel Craig and directed by Ed Zwick was shot entirely in Lithuania. The production was based in Vilnius, where filmmakers would drive about an hour away to shoot in a forest, the setting for the film.
HBO miniseries Elizabeth I (2005) starring Helen Mirren also shot in Vilnius.
The majority of the film equipment in Lithuania is brought in from neighbouring countries such as Latvia and Finland.
For a list of equipment hire - including camera and rigging equipment - see the KFTV website.