International Scholarly Symposium “The Emergence of Cinema at the Imperial Borderlands of Central-Eastern Europe”
In this one-day symposium, we will turn to the history of early and silent cinema of the Central-Eastern Europe. In the recent context of active discussions on the decolonisation of Eastern European culture and history, we will be paying greatest attention to the countries whose cinema history has been sparsely debated in the international historiography.
The installation is the first stage of a wider research into cinema culture in the regions of Lithuania. With this study, we seek to bring into the spotlight the cultural and architectural heritage of film screening venues in Lithuania and to draw attention to their rapidly decreasing numbers and the current state of the surviving ones.
Do women and men have equal opportunities to pursue and continue a career in the Lithuanian film industry? Does gender have an impact on cinema-related professions and the hierarchy of positions in this field? Does it play a role in obtaining funding for films or winning film awards? With this research, we sought to understand the real situation and to identify both positive and negative trends in Soviet (1947-1990) and independent Lithuanian (1991-2018) cinema.
The study Analysis of the system of preservation and access to Lithuanian audiovisual cultural heritage and recommendations for its development was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. It is the first study to identify the state of audiovisual heritage in Lithuania, attempting to determine the nature of audiovisual heritage, its institutional and legal concepts, identify the most sensitive problems, and propose solutions to them.