06-07-2008

Lithuanian film receives first EURIMAGES grant

By Aukse Kancereviciute
European Cinema Support fund EURIMAGES has awarded a €160,000 grant to the Lithuanian film project Low Lights (director Ignas Miskinis, producer Ieva Norviliene), the first EURIMAGES grant ever given to a Lithuanian film.
Low Lights is an urban road movie about three lonely people united by a quaint ritual: driving through the city streets at night. Shooting of the film is scheduled to start in August. According to the producer, Low Lights has a budget of €1.2 million.

The film earned production company TREMORA (www.tremora.com) the Lighuanian Film Council's highest assessment, and the film received a partial sponsorship of €406,000 from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. Dagstar films, with support from Germany's Filmstiftung NRW, is co-producing with €250,000.

EURIMAGES supports full-length feature films and animation as well as documentaries of a minimum length of 70 minutes. To date, five Lithuanian film projects were proposed to foundation. The permanent representatives from Lithuania in the European Cinema Support Fund are director Audrius Stonys and producer Uljana Kim.