Lithuania, Estonia Become European Film Promotion Individual Members

9:18 AM PST 12/18/2013 by Vladimir Kozlov

The move is set to create more visibility for the Baltic countries' film industries.

European Film Promotion (EFP) has accepted the applications of the Lithuanian Film Centre (LFC) and the Estonian Film Institute (EFI) to become EFP individual members.

“We very much appreciate this decision relating to the cultural diversity of EFP,” said Renate Rose, EFP’s managing director,  in a statement, adding that individual membership will bring Lithuania and Estonia more visibility in the future.

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Until recently, Latvia and Estonia, as well as Lithuania, were represented at EFP through an umbrella organization, the Baltic Films. Thanks to individual membership, the two countries will have the opportunity to promote their films and talent independently as of January 2014.

As a result, the EFP network, financially supported by its members and the European Union’s MEDIA Program, will have 35 member organizations representing 34 European countries.

Among major films from Estonia and Latvia are Tangerines, an award-winning co-production between Estonia and Georgia, directed by Zaza Urushadze, and The Gambler, by Latvian director Ignas Jonynas.

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