ⓘ Cinema of Lithuania


ⓘ Cinema of Lithuania

After Lithuania regained independence on March 11, 1990 the state funding of filmmaking drastically decreased and smaller studios emerged instead. During the era about 10 documentaries and 2 feature films have been made yearly. The most notable directors have been Vytautas Zalakevicius, the director of Zveris iseinantis is jūros The Beast Emerging from the Sea 1992, and Algimantas Puipa the winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at Lubeck Nordic Film Days and the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Rouen Nordic Film Festival for Vilko dantų karoliai A Wolf Teeth Necklace 1997.

After the restoration of the independence, Sarūnas Bartas, Audrius Stonys, Arūnas Matelis, Audrius Juzenas, Algimantas Puipa, Janina Lapinskaite, Dijana and her husband Kornelijus Matuzevicius received success in international movie festivals. A documentary film by Arūnas Matelis Wonderful Losers: A Different World has been shown in numerous film festivals in Europe and Asia and recognized with multiple awards.

The most internationally known film director of Lithuanian descent born in Chicago, Illinois, United States is Robert Zemeckis

In 2011 Vilnius Film Cluster was established. Vilnius Film Cluster is an alliance which unites 31 leading audiovisual company and one of the largest universities in Lithuania. Vilnius Film Cluster basis was used for Netflix anf HBO TV serials production.

In January 2014 Lithuanian Film Tax Incentive came into effect as a new policy measure to foster local and foreign film production in Lithuania. In 2016 the Lithuanian Film Centre issued 29 certificates representing a total of 1.850.646 EUR rebates. The tax incentive was increased from 20% to 30% in 2019.

Lithuanian film industry experiencing a renaissance over the last decade. The audience for Lithuanian films has reached 23% in 2015, compared with 2.48% in 2012. 21 national films were premiered in 2018. In 2018, 54 new films of various lengths and genres were created, 28 of them were feature films most of them supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre. In 2018, Lithuanian films had 27.9 percent of the domestic market share.

Lithuania has hosted numerous major international productions in recent years, including HBOs Chernobyl, Catherine the Great, BBCs War and Peace, Netflixs Tokyo Trial, Stranger Things 4th season, Young Wallander, TVNorges The Oil Fund, Swedish TV series Hamilton, Danish film Erna i krig, a film by Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland Out Stealing Horses and many more.


1. Directors

  • Algimantas Puipa
  • Emilis Velyvis
  • Romas Lileikis
  • Sarūnas Bartas
  • Jonas Mekas
  • Jonas Vaitkus
  • Vytautas Zalakevicius
  • Adolfas Mekas
  • Artūras Barysas
  • Emilija Skarnulyte
  • Donatas Ulvydas
  • Arūnas Matelis