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Uljanos Kim studija

Studio “Uljana Kim” is a leading company in Lithuania for producing full length features.

Since its foundation in 1997 eight feature films and six documentaries have been produced by the company. Half of them were premiered at the most important international film festivals and others were successful at the domestic box office.

The company’s goal is to produce high quality art-house films intended for a worldwide audience.

A parallel activity of Studio Uljana Kim is a project Lithuanian Film Promotion and Information Agency (Agency) which promote Lithuanian cinema.

In 2004 Agency organized national film Festival “Trispalvis kinas”/ Three Colors Cinema - a panorama of Lithuanian cinema from 1990 to 2004. It turned to be a ground breaking event in transformation of relationships between cinema and its audience in Lithuania. The audience of the Festival was dominated by young people (around 14 000 spectators).

In the same year Agency launched website www.lfc.lt the principal goal of www.lfc.lt is to collect information about Lithuanian film-makers and provide the latest news about Lithuanian cinema. 

In 2004-05 together with Lithuanian Media desk Agency organized workshops for Lithuanian film professionals:

Film Marketing and Promotion (tutors: Claudia Landsberger Holland Film/European Film Promotion; Phyllis Molet; John Durie /Strategic Film Marketing),

Art of Pitching (tutor: Amilia Burrage.

In 2005 together with Baltic Films and EDN (European Documentary Network) Agency organized Baltic Sea Forum: workshop, screenings, pitching session for 18 editors from European broadcasters and funds. Around 50 participants with the selected projects from Baltic countries, Belarussia, Ukraine, Russia etc.

In 2006 Agency collaborated with International Film Festival Rotterdam for program HotSpots. 

- Filmography

„PAVASARIS” (“SPRING”)
1997, short doc., dir. V. Navasaitis.

With “Sodaperaga Production” (France).

Awards:
Best Short Film prize – Cinema du reel, Paris, 1997;
Best Documentary prize – L’Alternativa ’97 Barcelona;
Main prize – Oberhauzen, 1998;

“9 VARTŲ MIESTAS” (“9 GATES CITY”)
1999, short doc., dir. K. Vildžiūnas

Awards:
Medienwerkstatt prize – Dokument Art Neubrandenburg, 2000;

“KIEMAS” (“THE COURTYARD”)
1999, full feature, dir. V. Navasaitis

With “Les Films de L’Observatoire” (France).

Premiere:
World premiere - 52nd International Film Festival in Cannes (Quinzaine des Realisateurs) 1999;

Awards:
Festival de Cannes 1999, Quinzaine des Realisateurs;
Fipresci prize, Second prize Baltic Films Selection - Arsenals, Riga, 2000;
Best Director of Photography prize - “Kinoshock” Russia, 2000;

Festivals:
Munich International Film Festival (Germany, 1999);
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 1999);
Pusan International Film Festival (South Korea 2000);
Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2000);
Rotterdam International Film Festival (Holland, 2000);

“NUOMOS SUTARTIS” (“THE LEASE”)
2002, full feature, dir. K. Vildžiūnas

Premiere:
World premiere – 59 Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, Controcorrente competition, Venice 2002;

Festivals:
Riga 16th International Film Forum, Arsenals * the Best Baltic Fiction Film;
Kino Shok Anapa (Russia) – competition;
18th Warsaw IFF – competition;
44th Nordic Film Days Lubeck;
9th IFF Listopad 2002 Minsk;
13th Stockholm IFF – Northern Lights;
Tromso IFF (Norway);
IFF Faces of Love, Moscow 2003;
Trieste IFF(Italy) – competition;
Baltic States Film Festival Ottawa (Canada) 2003;
IFF Rotterdam 03 – official selection;
Young European Cinema IFF (Torun, Poland) – competition;
Pacific Cinematheque in Vancouver (Canada);
The 21st Annual Minneapolis/St. Paul IFF (USA);
10TH days of European film, Prague, Brno 2003;
Adelaide IFF, Australia 2003;
Artfilm Trecianske Teplice, Slovakia 2003;
IFF Karlovy Varym2003;
Edinburgh IFF 2003;
Scandinavian and Baltic Cinema Festival (Newcastle, UK);
City Screen, London, - Art house cinema theatre, screenings;
Gwangju IFF (South Korea);
International film festival of Bangladesh;
Rio de Janeiro Int'l Film Festival;
12th China Golden Rooster Hundred Flowers Film Festival (China);
EU-XXL film week, Viena – screening;
Dannish Film Institute – screening;
5th International Film Festival Bratislava;
Jameson Dublin IFF;
Etc.

“AŠ ESI TU” (“YOU AM I)
2006, full feature, dir. K. Vildžiūnas

With “Pandora Film Production” (Germany)).

Premiere:
World Premiere – Cannes 2006, “Un Certain Regard”;

Awards:
59 Festival de Cannes, official selection “Un Certain Regard”;
Best Baltic Feature film; Fipresci Jury diploma – Arsenals, Riga, 2006;
Best Director of Photography prize, “Kinoshock” Russia, 2006;
Special Jury prize, Tallinn Black Nights FF 2006;

Festivals:
Pecs IFF (Hungary)
Pusan’06 (South Korea)
Seoul FF (South Korea)
Warsaw IFF (Poland)
Cottbus’06 (Germany)
Lubeck’06 (Germany)
Tromso’07 (Norway)
Barcelona & Madrid Annual Film Program’07 (Spain)
IFF Rotterdam’07
Insko FF (Poland)
Torun FF (Poland)
Art Film Festival (Slovakia)
Blue Sea Film Festival (Finland)
Lithuanian Film Week (Glasgow, UK)
Eastern Europe Film Festival (Lagowe, Poland)
EuroCine 27 (Brussels / Belgium; Strasbourg, Lyon / France)
Cine Europa FF (Cebu, Davao, Manila / the Philippines)
Calabria Film Festival (Italy)
MedFilm Festival (Roma / Italy)
EU Film Festival (USA, Canada)
Lithuanian Film Week (Paris, France)
Lithuanian Film Festival (Delft, the Netherlands)
Days of European Film (Prague, Czech Republic)
Lithuanian Film Week in Maince (Germany)
European Film Days in Tokyo (Japan)
China Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Film Festival etc.

“NUODĖMĖS UŽKALBĖJIMAS” (“WHISPER OF SIN“)
2007, full feature, dir. A. Puipa.

Co-production with Lithuanian Film Studio.

On the TOP of domestic box office in 2007; admissions – 60000.

Awards:
The Main prize for the Best Full-length feature ("The Golden Vine");
The prize for the Best Producer “Kinoshock” Russia, 2007;
Nordic Film Festival 2008 in Rouen (France)
prize for the Best Actress for Rasa Samuolytė & Nelė Savičenko 
prize of Association of Art Cinema(Second soufflé).

Festivals:
The Open Film Festival of CIS countries and Baltic States; 
Nordic Film Festival in Lubeck (Germany);
International Film Festival “Golden Brig” (Ukraine);
Month of Europe in Nancy (France);
9 mai 2008 in Madrid; Eurocine 27 in Brussels;
Riga International Film Forum “Arsenals” 2008 (Latvia);

“PERPETUUM MOBILE”
2008, full feature, dir. V. Navasaitis

With “Unlimited” (France).

Premiere:
World Premiere – official selection, “Bright future” International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2008.

“ŠIAURĖS PAVASARIS” (“NORTHERN SPRING”)
video, 27 min., color, documentary, 2008, by Dovilė Gasiūnaitė

Premiere:
National premiere at Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2008

“TRAUKINYS STOVI PENKIAS MINUTES” (“TRAIN STOPS FOR FIVE MINUTES”)
2009, documentary, dir. Janina Lapinskaite

With Lithuanian Television.

Awards:
European Broadcasting Festival Prix Europa Berlin, 2009;
Open Documentary Film Festival “Rossija” in Yekaterinburg, (Russia) – Russian Film Critics Award, 2009;

“KAI APKABINSIU TAVE” (“BACK TO YOUR ARMS”)
2010, full feature, dir. K. Vildžiūnas

With “TOR Film Productions” (Poland).

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Academy Awards “Silver Crane'2011” for the best full-
Feature;
Director;
Script;
Leading actress;
Leading actor;
Supporting actress;
Supporting actor;
Film production designer in nomination for the best professional mastership.

Lithuania’s foreign-language Oscar submission’2011

Festivals:
36th Gdynia Film festival Poland, 2011;
23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival, „Awards Buzz” competition USA, 2012; 10th Pune International Film Festival India, 2012;
15th European Union Film Festival, Chicago, USA, 2012;
3rd CinemaMundi International Film FestivalBrn Czech Republic, 2012;
36th Cleveland International Film Festival, competition USA, 2012;
19th Days of European Film 2012 Praha,Brno Czech Republic;
Baltic-Nordic Film festival „Bright Nights” Canada, 2012;
Etc.

“MIEGANČIŲ DRUGELIŲ TVIRTOVĖ” (“THE FORTRESS OF SLEEPING BUTTERFLIES”)
2012, full feature, dir. A. Puipa

Premiere:
National premiere took place on January 12, 2012 (over than 55 000 admissions by the beginning of March 2012).

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Academy Awards “Silver Crane'2012” for the best full-
Feature;
Director;
Leading actress;
Supporting actress;
The Open Film Festival of CIS countries and Baltic States “Kinoshock’2012” (Russia) Prize for the Best Leading Actress;
Truskavets International Television Film Festival (Ukraine) – the main prize;

“LIZA, NAMO!” (“LISA, GO HOME!”)
2012, short documentary, dir. O. Buraja

With “Acuba Film” (Estonia).

Premiere:
World premiere – 55th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Short Documentary Competition;
National premiere – 10th European Film Forum Scanorama;

Awards:
New Baltic Cinema competition – Best Lithuanian Short Film award;
Lithuanian Film Academy Awards "Silver Crane 2013" - Best Short Documentary;
Best European Short Film award - 35th Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil (France);
Honourable Mention - 36th Norwegian Short Film Festival;
Main prize - Tenerife International Short Film Festival Spain, 2013;
The Signs Award - International Festival Zeichen der Nacht (Signes de Nuit) in Berlin, Germany, 2014;
Grand Prize - Filmcaravan, a travelling short film festival, 2014 (Italy);
Grand Prix - Kinoshock 2014 (Russia), the contest of short films "Border-Shock";

Festivals:
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, 2013 – Lab competition;
15th annual One World International Human Rights Documentary;
Film Festival Czech Republic, 2013;
12th International Film Festival of Altkirch, France, 2013;
North American Premiere - 2013 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Official Selection;
Tête De Mule Film Festival for Youth France, 2013;
Nancy-Lorraine International Film Festival France, 2013;
Signes de Nuit International Film Festival France, 2013;
BFI London Film Festival UK, 2013;
CinEast Film Festival Luxembourg, 2013;
2ANNAS Riga International Short Film Festival Latvia, 2013;
Leeds International Film Festival UK, 2013;
Aarhus International Short and Documentary Film Festival Denmark, 2013;
Levante International Film Festival Italy, 2013;
Black Nights Film Festival, Sleepwalkers program Estonia, 2013;
Montreal International Documentary Festival Canada, 2013;
Etc.

“VAKAR BUS RYTOJ” (“YESTERDAY WILL BE TOMORROW”)
2013, short documentary, dir. J. Lapinskaitė

With Lithuanian Television.

Premiere:
National premiere of the film took place at Vilnius Documentary Film Festival 2013;

“LOŠĖJAS” (“THE GAMBLER”)
2013, full feature, dir. I. Jonynas.

With “Locomotive Productions” (Latvia).

Premiere:
World premiere – 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival, New Director’s competition;

Awards:
Special Jury award - 29th Warsaw Film Festival, main competition;
Special award “Prix Luna” of the jury and the award of the best film Paris Film Festival “L'Europe autour de l'Europe” France, 2014;
Best Actor and Best Script awards - Festroia Film Festival Portugal, 2014;
Latvian National Awards “Great Cristopher 2014” for the best cinematographer and best minor co-production film;
Lithuanian Film Academy Awards “Silver Crane'2014” for the best-
Feature film;
Director;
Leading actor;
Production designer;
Composers;
Professional mastership to the film Sound director and designer Artūras Pugačiauskas;
Lithuania’s foreign-language Oscar submission’2014

Festivals:
CinEast Film Festival, main competition Luxembourg, 2013;
Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, official
Program "International Discoveries" Germany, 2013;
International Film Festival of India, Goa, Cinema of the World 2013;
Black Nights International Film Festival, official Tridens Competitive program Estonia, 2013;
Marrakech International Film Festival, Official Competition Morocco, 2013;
Pune International Film Festival, Global Cinema India, 2014;
Trieste Film Festival, competition Italy, 2014;
Santa Barbara International Film Festival USA, 2014;
Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, World Cinema Ireland, 2014;
Guadalajara International Film Festival Mexico, 2014;

“KENOTAFAS” (“CENOTAPH”)
2013, documentary, dir. A. Stonys

With “Leitmotiv Production” (France).

Premiere:
National premiere of the film took place at the "Lithuanian Film Premieres" program of European Film Forum Scanorama 2013;
International premiere of the film took place at the International Film Festival “Visions du Réel”, in the main competition program (Nyon, Switzerland) in 2014;

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Academy Awards “Silver Crane'2014” - best documentary;