The Pažaislis Church and Monastery Complex is the Winner of the EUFCN Location Award 2020

The Pažaislis Church and Monastery Complex in Kaunas (Lithuania) is the winner of the fourth edition of the EUFCN Location Award, the award for best European location in the film and TV industries organized by EUFCN, in collaboration with Cineuropa.

Situated on the Kaunas Lagoon Peninsula, the Monastery helped to recreate the splendid and tumultuous reign of Empress Catherine II of Russia (Helen Mirren) in the HBO and Sky Atlantic miniseries Catherine the Great. 

The award was received by Kaunas Film Office representatives Aurelijus Silkinis and Goda Gajauskaite during the EUFCN Location Award Ceremony at the European Film Market 2021: “We are really glad to receive this award. There is no doubt that the EUFCN Location Award will contribute to revealing the uniqueness of Kaunas region even more and will increase the international visibility not only in the field of film production, but also in film tourism. We would like to thank HBO, SKY Atlantic, director Philip Martin, film producers and the entire crew.”

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The Pažaislis Church and Monastery Complex, one of the most magnificent examples of Baroque architecture in North-Eastern Europe, had never hosted a filming of this scale before. Art department endeavours to convert the Pažaislis Catholic church into an Orthodox Church were completed with the utmost care and delicacy.

“EUFCN represents a window into filming Europe for foreign producers, and as such, the Location Award is a powerful way how to focus on stunning and remarkable filming friendly locations,” says Pavlina Zipkova, co-president of the EUFCN. “It also helps us to spread the word about the work of film commissioners, who really are mediators and negotiators between governmental institutions and filmmakers. If all that work results in such beautiful locations put on the screen, it is a great feeling,” adds Zipkova.