European Film Forum SCANORAMA that has been taking place since 2003 is the largest and most prominent international cultural film event that represents all of Europe and has recently began to open up to other continents as well. SCANORAMA was first to bring European cinema to a wider geographical territory of Lithuania (Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai). Today, Scanorama carves a cultural cross-section of the whole Europe North to South, as well as spanning across Lithuania from the capital to the seaside.
SCANORAMA brings Lithuania the best, most valued films that have earned recognition around Europe. The exclusivity of SCANORAMA is noted and acknowledged by Lithuanian film industry professionals as well as critics and international experts. In 2017, the European Festivals Association awarded SCANORAMA the EFFE label of remarkable festivals. The festival is endorsed by the President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė.
From the very beginning, SCANORAMA grounded its concept in the values of European cinema, accentuating the closeness of Nordic and Baltic dimensions, thoughtfully expanding the pan-European context. Each year, the festival presents the filmgoers with a map that enables them to travel across the spaces of European film, starting with the classics and goingup to modern day, recognising not only the geographical but also the artistic field of European film. In 2017 SCANORAMA, together with six other European film festivals, initiated the network “Moving Images – Open Borders”. All seven festivals are wholly devoted to European cinema with all its artistic facets, regional characteristics, and socio-political warps.
SCANORAMA clearly formulates its educational mission not only through its wide range of film programmes but also by organising the film industry event SCANORAMA Directions (masterclasses, co-production forums, project presentations, relevant discussions for film professionals).
New Baltic Cinema - the competition programme for short films, pieces together the outline of the future of Baltic film, while the programme Whatever Works, introduced in 2017, has cleared the path for the search of new forms of cinematic language. Over 15 years, the festival’s geographical heading may have changed but its value compass remains the same. The festival fosters respect towards film history, carefully selecting retrospectives that together all the contemporary film programmes.
In 2017, over 40 thousand film fans attended the festival’s films in cinemas throughout Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda and Šiauliai, as SCANORAMA welcomed them to 130 films, over 20 meetings with members of festival film crews and 5 traditional SCANORAMA Directions film industry events. 370 film screenings were held throughout the festival.