The festival celebrates its 15thyear of operations in 2018 and even Russian president Vladimir Putin is getting in on the action, sending greetings to the festival this week via a press release. The festival opened on Sunday 8thJulywith the new film from Russian actor and director Konstantin Khabensky, starring English actress Keira Knightley. It will close on Friday 13thJuly, bringing together filmmakers from across Russia, the Baltic regions and other parts of Europe. Supported by the ministries of culture of the Russian Federation and the Kaliningrad region, the festival plays an important role in bridging cultural divides and creating opportunities for industry professionals to exchange knowledge, experience and inspiration. It also brings stories and lifestyles of different people and cultures from across the northern parts of Europe and Russia and indeed the world, to audiences attending the festival. There is a competition section each year and traditionally, 10 Baltic sea countries are represented by new works from young and up and coming directors. The competition is presided over by an expert jury, this year led by jury President Piret Tibbo-Hudgins, producer and head of the production Department of the Estonian film Institute.
Competition winners will be announced on Friday 13thJuly to close the festival.
The 14th International Film Festival Baltic Debuts is on now and will close on Friday 13thJuly 2018, in the town of Svetlogorsk on the Baltic coast, in the Kaliningrad region.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)