The next Baltic Film Festival is almost here


We return to Scandinavia House this November

The festival returns November 7-10, 2019 with another terrific line-up of films. Our programmers are currently finalizing their film selections.

Film Line Up - due October 1st

This year’s film line-up is scheduled to be announced on October 1st.

The box office to purchase tickets will then open as well.

See you on October 1st !

The Other Cinema of Northern Europe

The three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been producing motion pictures since 1910. While not as well-known as those in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, their industries have met challenges in one era or another that ultimately only galvanized their creative ambitions for features, documentaries, and animation shorts. Through the screening of both the latest productions and selected classics, the inaugural 2019 New York Baltic Film Festival will offer New Yorkers an unprecedented opportunity to see the best in Northern European film making.

The 2019 New York Baltic Film Festival is presented Scandinavia House and organized by the Consulate General of Estonia, Consulate General of Lithuania and Consulate of Latvia in New York. Programming support is from the Estonian Film Institute, National Film Center of Latvia, and Lithuanian Film Center. Funding for the festival is courtesy of governments of the Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and by the generous donations of members of the Baltic community in New York. Additional support to the festival is from the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Lithuanian Cultural Institute, and the American Scandinavian Foundation.

2019 NYBFF Programming Team and Organization

Jule Rozite – Head of Programs

Daris Delins – Associate Programmer – Consulate of Latvia in New York

Sondra Litvaitytė – Associate Programmer - Consulate General of Lithuania in New York

Gražina Michnevičiūtė – Associate Programmer – Consulate General of Lithuania in New York

Jaanika Peerna – Associate Programmer – Consulate General of Estonia in New York

Kyle Reinhart – Associate Programmer – Scandinavia House

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November 7-10, 2019



Scandinavia House

58 Park Avenue
(between 37th and 38th St.)
New York, NY 10016

Directions: click here



Thu Nov 7: 5:pm–10pm
Fri Nov 8: 5pm–11pm
Sat Nov 9: 11am–11pm
Sun Nov 10: 3pm–10pm


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2019 Festival Line Up - Coming October 1st

The full program will be released October 1st. the festival box office will also open then.

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Opening Night Film Announced

2019 New York Baltic Film Festival to open with the New York premiere screening of Motherland (original title: Gimtinė) a film written and directed by Tomas Vengris

SYNOPSIS: Shortly after the fall of the USSR, 12-year-old Kovas, travels to his mother, Viktorija’s homeland for the first time. It has been 20 years since she escaped Soviet-Occupied Lithuania and has now returned to reclaim her beloved family estate. Viktorija’s former flame, Romas, claims to have useful connections and escorts them to the family land. When they find the tattered estate occupied by an impoverished Russian family, they must consider how far they are willing to go to keep their dreams intact.

In Lithuanian with English subtitles. Runtime 96 min.

Head of Programs for the 2019 festival Jūle Rozīte says "Motherland perfectly embodies this year's festival. Taking place not long after the Baltic Way, a mother and son trace their link to Lithuania, reconnecting with friends, relatives and places. For the son Kovas, this is an opportunity to explore a missing piece of his identity, and through his eyes, viewers get to know exiled Lithuanians, and what it means to have ones identity disrupted by political circumstances. This film perfectly embodies the theme of the festival - the attempts to tie together missing parts of one’s personal history, exile and motherland".

Read more about the film and the director - click here.

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The New York Baltic Film Festival organizers thanks our sponsors and publicity partners - the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and their respective national film centers for helping to make this festival possible. And to the American Scandinavian Foundation and Scandinavia House and staff for hosting the festival.

Learn more about the cinema industry in the Baltic countries and latest film news at these websites.



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Film Schedule - 2018 NYBFF - archive

What we screened at the 2018 New York Baltic Film Festival

Thursday October 18

Friday October 19

Saturday October 20

Sunday October 21