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    Vilnius IFF launches 2022 festival with #StandWithUkraine initiative

    The Vilnius International Film Festival (Kino Pavasaris) kicks off today, running through 3 April in Vilnius, Lithuania. The festival is the largest and most widely attended cinema event in Lithuania, has become a significant part of the country’s cultural life since its inception 27 years ago. The film programme spotlights distinctive filmmakers from countries that are often internationally overlooked.

    For this year’s edition, Vilnius IFF includes its #StandWithUkraine theme, which sees the elimination of all Russian films and co-productions from the programme. As part of the initiative, Vilnius IFF yesterday screened a Day For Films From Ukraine, where revenues will be donated to the support funds for the country. There will also be #StandWithUkraine festival programme package, and a dedicated Ukraine Day at the festival’s industry event, Meeting Point Vilnius.

    As for documentaries, Vilnius IFF screens several across programmes, including Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s multi-academy award-nominated Flee, as well as Marion Neumann’s The Mushroom Speaks, Paweł Łoziński’s The Balcony Movie, Maria Speth’s Mr Bachmann and His Class, Marc Bauder’s Who We Were, and many more.

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