By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz March 15, 2013 at 1:00PM
These are wonderful film festivals giving proof that Eastern Europe is joining the international film business ranks on a very high level.
“It 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 foreign experts.”
Meeting 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:
New 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 Poland.
Films On Art International Competition - feature-length documentaries competing for an Award of 10,000 EUR and guaranteed distribution in Poland.
Polish 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
European Shorts Competition - European films up to 30 minutes long competing for Prizes of 1,000 EUR for each category: experimental films, documentaries and animation.