Vilnius International Film Festival (Vilnius IFF) “Kino Pavasaris” is unquestionably one of the most anticipated annual cultural events in Lithuania – perhaps even the one.
Now in its 21st year, it is the largest cinematic event in the country, known and loved for its high quality film programme and rich accompanying package of cinema-related events, workshops, and special initiatives.
In March each year, Vilnius IFF presents more than 200 films divided into a range of categories, from Masters and Critic's Choice to Hot Documentaries, Shorts and much more. The public’s interest in independent international cinema has been growing since 2005, when the 10th edition of the festival witnessed a record number of visitors (over 41,000, an increase of 40 percent on the previous year).
In 2015 more than 107,195 people attended the festival – a truly impressive number in a country of less than three million people.
Taking on a broader format, Vilnius IFF now cooperates with other international film festivals (among them Warsaw, Sarajevo, Sofia, Tallinn, Minsk, Wroclaw and Transylvania) as well as film companies, distributors, and independent producers. Our membership in CICAE (International Confederation of Art Cinemas) and the long-lasting partnership with the EU’s Media programme is yet another sign of our dedication to showcase only the best of independent cinema. We hope to expand this network to involve even more cineastes.
Meeting Point Vilnius
2016 will witness the seventh international conference Meeting Point Vilnius, the festival's film industry networking event. An annual designed to promote the Baltic (Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian) film industry, its serves as an intensive three-day platform for Baltic and international film industry professionals.
New Europe, New Names and Baltic Gaze competition programmes
In 2009, Vilnius IFF introduced “New Europe - New Names”, a competition programme with a solid international jury aimed at the best talent among debuting Central/Eastern European filmmakers. The programme was so successful it became a festival regular. In 2014 Vilnius IFF launched a new competition programme "Baltic Gaze". The aim of this programme is to present films and film professionals from the entire Baltic Region.
Vilnius IFF seeks to promote cinema beyond the festival itself. We organise various educational and social projects, such as educational programmes for high school and university students (Cinema Book and Kino Pavasaris in Your University, respectively), awareness-raising initiatives, exhibitions, workshops, and training courses for young filmmakers, among others.
Vilnius IFF Mission
- Provide audiences with the most powerful, intriguing and surprising independent cinema from around the world;
- Celebrate cinema in the city of Vilnius in all its multi-dimensional forms;
- Engage and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.
Vilnius IFF Vision
- To gain international recognition as one of the leading international film festivals in Central/Eastern Europe;
- To showcase the best debut films from the region in the competition programme;
- To introduce the world’s best actors and filmmakers to our audiences, and vice versa.