Vilnius IFF Invites Viewers to Trade Their Couches for Hotel Screening Rooms
“To Act or/and To Be?” asks the 26th edition of Vilnius International Film Festival, taking place online. Organizers suggest doing both with an escape plan tailor made for cinephiles – a night or weekend of movies at their local hotel.
Festival CEO Algirdas Ramaška says that people need in-person events more than ever. “We looked for safe ways to provide motive and opportunity to escape from the daily routine and celebrate in accordance with the shutdown rules,” he says. After much deliberation, the team came up with a new festival format. “Last year, when all flights were grounded, we invited everyone to travel with Aerocinema. This year, we decided to take viewers on a vacation with our bountiful programme.”
Though cinemas are still closed, the festival is offering staycations with Kino Pavasaris as a way to break free from the routine.
Hotels will provide the full festival experience, starting with the opening ceremony on March 18, to be broadcast live from Hotel PACAI. Guests will walk the red carpet, be treated to special gifts, and, most importantly, have unlimited access to festival films. “We feel a special synergy at this difficult but interesting time,” said general manager of the hotel Rūta Pulkauninkaitė-Macikė. “That is why we are ready to welcome fans of cinema at our luxury hotel in the heart of Vilnius Old Town, inviting them on a journey through time.”
The festival has partnered with Go Vilnius, the official development agency of Lithuania’s capital, for the project. “This initiative is important for cinephiles, the city and, of course, hotels that were left without tourists. Each room will become a private screening room, and every stay will be a journey of sorts, bringing new, extraordinary sensations that help alleviate the wait for restrictions to be lifted,” said agency director Inga Romanovskienė.
Viewers will be able to transport their digital screenings from the couch to select hotels until April 5. Vilnius IFF will provide the festive atmosphere, while the hotels prepare special offers for their guests. By checking-in for an overnight stay, guests will have access to award-winning films and world premieres, which they’ll be able to discuss over breakfast the next morning.
Staycation with Kino Pavasaris at Hotel PACAI, Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius, Artagonist Art Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Vilnius City Centre, Radisson Blu Lietuva, Courtyard Vilnius City Centre, and Moxy Kaunas Center.
More information and special offers available at https://bit.ly/3l3TNlJ. The number of rooms is limited.