The independence of the Baltic countries in the early 1990s caused major upheavals in the film cultures of the area. Simultaneously, European film industries faced a structural transformation. EU funded programs became major players in film financing and co-productions became ever more common. In addition, film festivals became central sites not only for viewing European films but also for negotiating production and distribution deals as well as content and stylistic issues. In this article, the structural changes within European film cultures are approached from the perspective of documentary films. The aim of the article is to map the visibility of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian documentary films at the film festival circuit and to outline some of the strategies with which the films are framed and defined at the festivals. The analysis draws on the programming data of ten European documentary film festivals between the years 1990 and 2010, and the data is scrutinized both quantitatively and qualitatively.
|Translated title of the contribution
|On the edge of Europe: the Baltic countries at documentary film festivals
|Number of pages
|Published - 2014