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LMTA Aspires to Join the FILMEU International Alliance

On 23 September, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre welcomed experts from the FilmEU, European Universities Alliance for Film and Media Arts. The visit aimed towards the enlargement of the Alliance who are searching for new partners among distinguished universities that are able to offer a profound vision for future education. The expert team considered the LMTA application, gained insight into the Academy’s development strategy in the field of film studies, and soon the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre may become the fifth full partner of this prestigious European organisation.

This is encouraging news not only for the LMTA seeking to expand its film studies. This is great news for the entire Lithuanian film sector as a country’s membership in the FilmEU Alliance strengthens the member’s influence in the international field of film and media arts. Now, the Alliance brings together four European higher education institutions. Together, these institutions collaborate around the common objective of jointly promoting high-level education, innovation, and research activities in the multidisciplinary field of film and media arts and, through this collaboration, consolidate the central role of Europe as a world leader in the creative fields.

The Academy welcomed three FilmEU Alliance representatives – Dr. Birgit Vilgats, Director of Baltic Film, Media and Arts School of Tallinn University (Estonia), Andres Jõesaar, Associate Professor at the same school, and Veerle Van der Sluys, Vice-Dean for Science at LUCA School of Arts (Ghent, Belgium). The experts met with the LMTA representatives and analysed the submitted application that states the vision and development strategy of the Academy’s future film studies.

Following the Alliance’s regulations, the experts had live meetings with the team of the LMTA film studies: heads, teaching staff, and researchers. The very first conclusions by the experts are promising: in the nearest future, the LMTA may be invited to the Alliance as one of the most significant candidates. The membership decision will be taken at the Alliance’s Council Meeting in Lisbon, alongside 19 other applications to join the FilmEU.

We hope for a favorable decision – so let’s keep our fingers crossed!

LMTA information
28 September 2022