About festival

About the Festival

When Cinema CallsYouGo!   

March 16th–26th,Vilnius City Film Festival KINOPAVASARISwill present over a hundred great films to the audiences, and create an unforgettable celebration of cinema in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys. The intoxicating atmosphere of the cinema theatre, encounters with filmmakers, the wholesome feeling of watching a really good film you will want to put all the other plans aside for this. Because missing the film festival is almost like oversleepingyour own birthday! So, when you hear the cinema calling, don’t hesitate – come and see what we have prepared for you this year. 


To help you find your way around in the wide landscape of cinema, we have traditionally prepared a map the festival’s programmes.  



The Most Beautiful Fraud 

Inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s definition of cinema, the title and the content of this programme remind us of the power, limits, and pleasure of cinema. Classic films by Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Krzysztof Kieślowski and other world-famous directors will invite you to contemplate the relationship between cinema and reality, to discuss the place and role of the cinema in people’s lives, and to explore and experience the different worlds that open up in the portals of cinema screens 



The first or second feature-length documentary, fiction or animated films of European directors surprise us with their diversity, early craftsmanship and promise a bright future for European auteurcinema.  



The most recent works by prominent directors – films that were presented and awarded at the main film festivals, revered by critics, and are examples of professional excellence 


Critics Choice 

A selection of exclusive gems of the festival’s programme, picked out by film critics writing for prestigious publications around the world.The films in this programme will satisfy all, even the most selective audience.  



The festival’s most extensive programme highlights the most interesting discoveries of the past year from all over the world – among them are awarded and critically acclaimed films and those appreciated by theaudiences 


Screen 9 

This programme is known for selection of films, blurring genre and formboundaries,shaping extraordinary worlds, establishing new perspectives, or provoking philosophical and political debates 


One Film Older 

Films for young audiences, with Lithuanian voice-overs, encouraging the desire to explore cinema and the world around us.  


Lithuanian Film Premieres 

The most awaited Lithuanian films of the past year: premieres by both acclaimed and emerging directors in Lithuania.  


Film industry Event “Meeting Point - Vilnius”  

For almost fifteen years now, KINO PAVASARIS has been organising the international film industry event “Meeting Point—Vilnius”. Working as a platform for discovering and nurturing the most talented filmmakers across Europe, the event also creates a close network of audiovisual industries on the Old Continent—from the Baltics to the Balkans, from the Caucasus to the Western regions. 


KINO PAVASARIS continuously contributes to the development of film culture in Lithuania and encourages young viewers to broaden their horizons. Therefore, we invite students in grades 112 to take part in the project Growing Up with KINO PAVASARISand develop key competences by watching films relevant to youth. 

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