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Established in 2003 ARTBOX is now one of the leading film production companies in the Baltic region. ARTBOX works with new talents as well as experienced artists. Productions and coproductions with the wide international appeal are the main goals of the company. Films produced by ARTBOX have been screened and won awards in numerous international film festivals.
Kestutis Drazdauskas was born in Vilnius in 1970. In 1994 he graduated from Vilnius University with Master of Arts in English language and literature. In 1995 he started working in film industry as an assistant director. In 1998 he started producing and since then he is one of the most active producers in Lithuania. Since 2003 he runs his own company ARTBOX which produced many fiction and documentary films and hundreds of commercials.
Kestutis Drazdauskas chairs the Board of Independent Producers Association and National Association of Creative and Cultural Industries, chairs the Supervisory Board of Vilnius Film Office, is a Board Member of Film Policy Council and Lithuanian Film Academy. He was one of the founders of Vilnius Film Cluster which unites more than 20 companies of Lithuanian audiovisual industry. The organization lobbied for the establishment of tax incentive for film production in Lithuania, which is in effect since January 1, 2014.
Recently he co-produced a Dutch-Canadian-Italian film Tulipani: Love, Honour and A Bicycle, a Latvian-Lithuanian-Polish co-production Foam At The Mouth and line produced an International Emmy nominated TV mini-series Tokyo Trial. Also, in 2018 he shot the feature film The Castle which is the first co-production between Lithuania and Ireland. The film will be released in 2019.
TULIPANI: LOVE, HONOUR AND A BICYCLE 2017
Director: Mike van Diem
Screenplay: Mike van Diem, Peter van Wijk
Cast: Ksenia Solo, Giancarlo Giannini, Donatella Finocchiaro
After losing his farm during the floods of 1953, a romantic Dutch farmer is tired of getting his socks wet. He cycles to Italy and decides to grow tulips in the sweltering hear of Puglia.
Italian Contemporary FF: People’s Choice Award
Washington DC Filmfest: Best Feature Film - Audience Award
Sonoma IFF: Audience Choice Award
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival: Audience Award
Victoria FF: Best Feature Award
Terra di Siena Film Festival: Best International Film Award
Netherlands Film Festival: Opening Film
Toronto International Film Festival: Worldwide premiere
FOAM AT THE MOUTH 2017
Director: Janis Nords
Screenplay: Janis Nords, Matthew Gossett
Cast: Vilis Daudzins, Ieva Puke, Raimonds Celms
Jealousy, suspicion and toxic love triangle plays out against a backdrop of three rapid dogs threatening a small Latvian town.
Latvian National FF: Best Actor Award
Moscow IFF: Russian Film Critics Award - Special Mention
HABIT AND ARMOUR 2017
Genre: Historical Documentary
Director: Pawel Pitera
Screenplay: Pawel Pitera, Jan Wróbel
Narrator: Stacy Keach
This film is a modern historical documentary which shows us the history of Teutonic Order and the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania as massive strategy game, where different civilizational values compete with each other and interest various human emotions.
THE LAST INHABITANT 2016
Director: Jivan Avetisyan
Screenplay: Tsovinar Khachatryan, Masis Baghdasaryan
Cast: Alexander Khachatryan, Homayoun Ershadi, Sandra Dauksaite-Petrulene
The film is a story of two men, Ibrahim, and Azeri, and Abgar, and American, who in the circumstances of a raging ethnic conflict manage to maintain a true friendship, loyalty, and human values at the cost of their own lives.
Scandinavian international Film Festival: Best Feature and Best Actor Award
Shanghai International Film Festival: Panorama Screening
Venice International Film Festival: Screening at Venice Production Bridge