are wonderful film festivals giving proof that Eastern Europe is
joining the international film business ranks on a very high level.
is a part of VIFF that is invisible to the audiences, but especially
important to cinema professionals,” Algirdas Ramaska, Vilnius IFF
executive director, said. “We are really glad that in this event
Lithuanian filmmakers get a unique opportunity to present themselves for
Point – Vilnius will present an international conference on European
audiovisual politics, film financing, distribution, programming and the
influence of digital technologies on distributing and exhibiting. It
will also present the most recent works for Lithuania, Latvia, and
Estonia for festival programmers.
Industry professional will also be invited to the Lithuanian Parliament to discuss audiovisual sphere politics and financing.
The 13th T-Mobile New Horizons IFF,
running 18-28 July 2013, is owned by Poland’s prime distributor Roman
Gutek who has bought Wroclaw’s centrally based multiplex theater to turn
it into an Art House Showcase. Gutek also owns the American Film
Festival whose sidebar US in Progress is a unique way of introducing
Europeans to U.S. Indie films and is run 6 months later by the Champs
Elysees Film Festival in Paris.
Right now, T-Mobile New Horizons IFF is accepting submissions until 15 March in the following categories:
Horizons International Competition – 14 bold and original Polish
premieres competing for a Grand Prix of 20,000 EUR. The winners of Grand
Prix, Audience Award and FIPRESCI Prize are guaranteed distribution in
Art International Competition – feature-length documentaries competing
for an Award of 10,000 EUR and guaranteed distribution in Poland.
Short Films Competition – new polish shorts up to 30 minutes long
competing for Prizes of 5,000 PLN for each category: fiction films,
documentaries and animation
Shorts Competition – European films up to 30 minutes long competing for
Prizes of 1,000 EUR for each category: experimental films,
documentaries and animation.