Litauisches Kino Goes Berlin was founded in 2011 with the idea and ambition to present a versatile terrain of Lithuanian cinema in Berlin. Since then it has developed into a platform that showcases the cinematographic art of Lithuania all around the year.
With the festival itself taking place in October, Litauisches Kino Goes Berlin presents the multifaceted world of Lithuanian cinema created by the filmmakers based in the country or abroad: from shorts to feature films or documentaries of different genres. In 2015, the festival introduced a short film competition where the audience chooses the Audience Award winner.
Apart from screening brand new film productions of prominent Lithuanian filmmakers, the festival also helps to discover the new talents and wunderkinds. It also brings to light the well-known film classics. This makes the festival the unique opportunity to get to know films which are not accessible in Germany otherwise.
The festival not only brings up films to its audience, but also introduces creators from the arts and music scene, seeking to give insights into the broader cultural context as well as to express the unique identity of Lithuanian culture.
Litauisches Kino Goes Berlin, the only Lithuanian film festival outside the home country, is supported by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture as well as the Lithuanian Council of Culture and is implemented with the support and partially financed by the program “Global Lithuania“.
Additionally to the festival, taking place in autumn, Litauisches Kino Goes Berlin organizes a variety of film events all over the year with the help of long-standing partners: DokuMontag, initiated by the Czech Center in Berlin, where the newest socially engaged and controversial documentaries are being shown, as well as film programs in collaboration with i. a. the Lithuanian Embassy in Germany, the European Union National Institutes for Culture in Berlin (EUNIC), the Estonian Embassy, the Latvian Embassy, FilmFestival Cottbus and Sputnik-Kino.
Since 2011, Litauisches Kino Goes Berlin has been organized and curated by Berlin-based Lithuanian Giedrė Simanauskaitė. She gained a diverse experience working at festivals in Lithuania and Germany, i. a. Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris” and FilmFestival Cottbus ‒ Festival of East European Cinema.