A virtual cinematheque of restored and digitised Lithuanian documentary films, video art works and curated cinema programmes. The films are accompanied by interviews with the filmmakers and texts explaining the context. The cinematheque was developed by new-generation cultural and film historians, curators, educators, restorers and archivists. In 2019, the project was awarded as the Best Non-Profit Website at the LOGIN Technology and Innovation Festival Awards.
We started the film digitization and restoration process in 2012 with the documentary film Earth of the Blind (1992) by director Audrius Stonys, which became the first restored film in the history of Lithuanian cinema. We took the digital turn in cinema seeking to bring back the original form of the films and give them the opportunity to circulate freely in national and international cinema theaters. For this initiative, we have been awarded the Silver Crane Award at the National Film Awards and The Oak Gratitude Award of the Lithuanian Cinematographers’ Association.
The documentary anthology consists of a collection of digitized and restored DVD films, and a bilingual English-Lithuanian catalogue presenting the most important Lithuanian documentaries from the very origins of auteur documentary in the 1960s to the so-called breakthrough generation of the first decades of independence. The publication was shortlisted for the Best DVD Award at the International Archive Film Festival Il Cinema Ritrovato (Italy).