Lithuanian Film Centre established in 2012 is a State institution which provides funding for film
development, production, distribution, promotion, education projects and preservation of film
heritage. Eligible genres: feature films (production grant for full-length project is up to €725,000, short – up to €60,000), documentaries (full-length – up to €200,000, short – up to €85,000), animations
(full-length – up to €725,000, short – up to €145,000), experimental films (up to €650,000), TV
documentaries, cross-media projects. Debut films are also eligible for support. State funding may not exceed 50% of the film production budget and 75% of a low-budget film or experimental budget film. Maximum amount of the development grant may reach €40,000.
Not more than 20% of state funding allocated to film production may be used outside Lithuania. Films produced under co-production conditions are given priority in allocating state funding. Projects
submitted for funding are evaluated by the Film Council. It is a collegial advisory institution of the Lithuanian Film Centre and consists of 7 members from film creators, film experts, film producers, and representatives of the Lithuanian Film Centre.
In 2016 Lithuanian Film Centre’s allocated €2,660,000 for film development, production and promotion support. 20 projects received production funding, seven of them were documentaries.
Lithuanian Film Centre also administers the tax incentives scheme launched in 2014. Since then both domestic films and co-productions involving a Lithuanian co-producer are able to claim up to 20%
rebate on a minimum local spend of €43,000. The incentives are available to feature films, TV films, documentaries and animated films provided that at least 80% of Lithuanian production costs are spent in Lithuania.
In 1999, Lithuania ratified the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production. As of 2003, Lithuania has been participating in the European Union MEDIA Programme for the support of the
audiovisual sector. The MEDIA sub-programme is represented in Lithuania by the MEDIA Desk
Lithuania, a structural unit of the Lithuanian Film Centre. In 2007 Lithuania became the member of
Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s Film Support Fund, which supports co-production and distribution of creative cinematographic and audiovisual works. The Fund administers four film support
programmes, and Lithuanian projects are eligible for funding in two of them: support for co-production and support for distribution.