Magazine article Screen International

Lithuanian-Polish Industry Talk Co-Pros.On the High Seas

Magazine article Screen International

Lithuanian-Polish Industry Talk Co-Pros.On the High Seas

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Twelve Lithuanian and Polish film producers have taken part in a co-production gathering with a difference, sailing across the Baltic Sea from the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda to reach Poland in time for the opening of the 40th Gdynia Film Festival tonight.

The 2015 Screen Future Leader Dagne Vildziunaite (Just A Moment), 2015 Producer on the Move Zivile Gallego (Fralita Films), Kestutis Drazdauskas (Artbox), Marta Lewandowska (No Sugar Film) and Izabela Igel (Alter Ego Pictures) were among the producers who boarded the sailing boat 'Brabander' on Saturday (Sept 12) for an intense programme of discussions moderated by Torino Film Lab's Matthieu Darras on potential collaborations between the two countries.

According to the project's initiator, Liana Ruokyte-Jonsson, head of film promotion, information and heritage department of the Lithuanian Film Centre (LFC), the producers also served in shifts as the crew for the sailing vessel over the weekend in addition to looking for co-production partners and sharing ideas for future films.

"The sailing co-production forum from the Lithuanian shore to the Polish shore in the Baltic Sea symbolises the long and complex process of the birth of a film, as a film evolves from one shore, a desire to tell a story, to another shore, the birth of a film," Ruokyte-Jonsson told ScreenDaily. …

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