Vilnius ISFF presents special programme at Short Waves Festival

Vilnius International Short Film Festival presents a special short film programme “Longing for Love” at the Short Waves Festival 2022 next week. The programme showcases four short films portraying love that requires patience, sacrifice, faith in the happy ending, or just better imagination on our part sometimes. The screening will take place during the Random Garden Cinema series, on 15 June, in Poznan, Poland. 

Short Waves Festival is one of the most significant Polish festivals presenting exclusively short films. It’s a constellation of cinematic events scattered around Poznan’s urban landscape. Competition screenings are its core – sets of short films encompassing five categories: International Competition, Polish Competition, Dances with Camera, Urban View and Polish Experimental Short Film Competition. The festival reaches beyond the screening room: open-air, clubs, art galleries, theatres and Poznanians’ private gardens known as the Random Garden Cinema series. 

They say that the people who tend to get upset easily, are lacking love. Yet the lack of love, in one form or another, is what we’re experiencing all the time. “Longing for Love” programme will invite to a cinematic journey through the different types of love to a relative, a best friend, food and even a wild she-wolf. The programme will be presented by Gabrielė Cegialytė, producer of Vilnius International Short Film Festival. A special screening will take place on 15 June, 9 pm at the Random Garden Cinema (the location will be revealed only just before the event). Tickets: here.

14th Short Waves Festival will take place on 14-19 June in Poznan, and online on 14-20 June. More information: HERE

 

“Longing for Love” programme:

LOU’S NEIGHBOUR

France | 2021 | Fiction | 18 min.

Directors | Victoria Lafaurie, Hector Albouker

Vladimir, 17-years-old, is secretly in love with his neighbour Lou. When Lou decides to leave her home to move in with her boyfriend – a man ten years older than her – Vladimir tries to put his jealousy aside to help her.

BINGE LOVING

Belgium | 2021 | Fiction | 22 min.

Director | Thomas Deknop

A Brussels private detective is ordered by a client to follow her husband because she suspects he has a mistress in the capital. When she unexpectedly forces herself into the investigation, the detective is taken out of his comfort zone.

IT’S ALRIGHT

Lithuania | 2020 | Fiction | 17 min.

Director | Jorūnė Greičiūtė

Two middle-aged people are going on a date in a secret place next to a river.

NAYA

Netherlands | 2021 | Documentary | 24 min.

Director | Sebastian Mulder

She-wolf Naya, monitored on her journey from her birthplace in Germany through the Netherlands to Belgium, becomes more and more famous and visible – until it endangers not just her wildness, but her existence.



Call for entries for the Vilnius International Short Film Festival is now open

Vilnius International Short Film Festival is inviting filmmakers from all around the world to submit their short films to the upcoming 16th edition. Each year the festival presents two competition programmes – International and National, which consist of the latest short films made by the upcoming generation of talented filmmakers. The 16th Vilnius International Short Film Festival will take place on 18-24 January, 2023 in a hybrid format – on-site at Lithuanian cinemas and online on local VoD platforms.

Eligible for entry are short fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and hybrid genre films up to 30 min. produced from the 1st of January 2021. In response to the Russian aggression and the invasion of Ukraine, the Festival boycotts any associations with any entity, organisation or production that is backed, funded and endorsed by the Russian state, and therefore bans submissions of films produced or co-produced by the Russian Federation. For films produced in Ukraine and by Ukrainian filmmakers, Festival organisers offer to waive the submission fee. For the fee waiver and free stamp, contact programming@filmshorts.lt. Films can be submitted only via www.shortfilmdepot.com platform.

Each year the Vilnius International Short Film Festival holds the International Competition, which involves around 35 most acknowledged short films from the last two years. There is also a National Competition, which presents a condensed selection of Lithuanian short films. Films are judged and awarded by the International Jury. VISFF organises International and National Competition with three awards – Festival Grand Prix, Best International Short Film and Best Lithuanian Short Film. The festival also features several special non-competition programmes – retrospectives, kids programme and special theme-based short film selections.

VISFF is organized by Lithuanian Short Film Agency LITHUANIAN SHORTS, main sponsor – Lithuanian Film Centre.

Submit here.

Regulations here.

Lithuanian Focus at the Marseille International Music and Film Festival

Vilnius International Short Film Festival presents a special short film programme “Lithuania: Cinematic Connections” at the 23rd Marseille International Music and Film Festival next week. The programme showcases five Lithuanian short films, distinguished by their music and sound design solutions. The Marseille Music and Film Festival will take place on 4-9 April in Marseille, southern France.

With a focus on young cinematographic creation and musical composition for screen, the artistic policy of the Festival is now unique in Europe. Created in 1999, Music & Cinema – Festival International du Film à Marseille (MCM) – named Festival International du Film à Aubagne until 2021 – is now recognized among the professional industry, both at a national and international level, as a reference in musical composition for screen. Every year, the Festival presents over 250 movies, welcomes 500 professionals and reaches an audience of more than 25,000.

“Lithuania: Cinematic Connections” programme will invite to a cinematic journey through the emotional worlds of film protagonists and explores the frightening and unknown side of life. The audience will see attempts to recreate humans, a struggle to survive in a war-devastated town and immerse into deeply touching family conflicts. A special screening will take place on 5th of April 16:00 (CEST) at the cinema theater „Artplexe Canebière”. Programme will be presented by Rimantė Daugėlaitė-Cegelskienė, the Head of Vilnius International Short Film Festival.

More information about the festival HERE.

 

Programme:

 

Ieva

dir. Domas Petronis, Vytautas Plukas
fiction, 14’, 2021

Man tries to recreate himself by how he views himself, but this broken reflection only gets lost in the uncanny valley.

 

Juggler | Žonglierius

dir. Skirmanta Jakaitė
animation, 11’, 2019

We live in the same house, but in different apartments, jobs, situations, beliefs, visions; each one in our own compartment, fooling ourselves that the world is one, and that it exists. Although sometimes it seems that the incomprehensible thread has almost been caught, and I am on a verge of understanding.

 

Through The Fields | Laukais 

dir. Kamilė Milašiūtė
fiction, 15’, 2019

Three women – a mother and two daughters – decide to spend the last summer weekend together in a remote village. As soon as they leave the city, one conflict starts following another, forcing them to confront themselves, and to accept this bond for what it truly is.

 

Snow Shelter | Sniego pastogė 

dir. Robertas Nevecka
animation, 16’, 2020

It is a freezing winter in a war-devastated town. A young man is banished from his own apartment by a bunch of troublesome strangers. He has to locate another shelter in an alienated society.

 

Voices Apart | Atskirti balsai

dir. Elvina Nevardauskaitė, David Heinemann
documentary, 17’, 2020

Three Lithuanians reflect on the time when they first began to hear voices in their heads, and relive the life-changing incidents they’ve experienced since then. Torment or blessing? Each has a unique take on the condition. A documentary about living with the voices that set you apart.

Festival supports Ukraine and joins partners’ initiatives

Vilnius International Short Film Festival expresses support to the people of Ukraine in such a dire moment and invites industry representatives to join initiatives organized by Lithuanian Film Center, the Board of “Short Film Conference” and “Nordic-Baltic Shorts Network” to help Ukrainian filmmakers and families fleeing the war.

 

Lithuanian audiovisual companies invited to help Ukrainian filmmakers

In response to the Russian aggression and the invasion of Ukraine, that is violating the territorial integrity of the sovereign nation, the Lithuanian Film Center seeks to express support for the Ukraine filmmakers. Seeing talented and hard-working creators, who had to postpone their work, Lithuanian Film Center invites audiovisual companies operating in Lithuania to hire incoming Ukrainians.

If you have a free vacancy in your company, please fill out the registration form HERE. The information will be placed in an international database, where filmmakers from Ukraine will be able to see all job offers.

“Short Film Conference” calls for boycott of Russian cinema

A network of more than 100 short film festivals and film distribution organizations “Short Film Conference”, whose members are “Lithuanian Shorts” and Vilnius International Short Film Festival, joins with colleagues from around the world in boycotting any associations with any entity, organisation or production that is backed, funded and endorsed by the Russian state. It will continue to support independent filmmakers and organisations from the area who need their voices heard.

“We would like to reiterate our solidarity with our friends and colleagues in Ukraine and our thoughts go to our Ukrainian members: Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival and Lviv International Short Film Festival WIZ-ART.” – states “Short Film Conference” representatives.

The Board invites filmmakers, film production, distribution companies and festivals to join the initiative – “Border Crossing Children’s Film Festival”. It sets out to hold screenings for children and families at the official refugee reception centers both at the Polish/Ukrainian border and throughout the country as we face an expanding refugee crisis. More information HERE.

“Nordic-Baltic Shorts Network” stands with Ukraine

Members of the “Nordic-Baltic Shorts Network” condemn Russian authorities’ aggression, anti-humane war actions and the brutal invasion of Ukraine. They express support to filmmakers, artists, colleagues and all people of Ukraine – today they are fighting for all of us, for freedom and democracy.

“We declare a suspension of any cooperation with the organizations, institutions and the creators related to the Russian official government. However, we are open for communication with the filmmakers and creative partners in this region who are taking risks to express their position for stopping the war and brutal Russian authorities’ policies.”

Network invites international community to support Ukrainian filmmakers, artists, critics, festivals’ representatives through various initiatives:
Ukraine Humanitarian Fund
Emergency Fund for Filmmakers in Wake of Ukraine War
DocuDays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Border Crossing Children’s Film Festival

A great resource that lists Ukrainian businesses and charities we can support in these difficult times: HERE.

“Nordic-Baltic Shorts Network” members:
Tampere Film Festival
Minimalen Short Film Festival
Nordisk Panorama
Norwegian Short Film Festival
Odense International Film Festival
Uppsala Short Film Festival
Riga International Film Festival
2ANNAS International Short Film Festival
Vilnius International Short Film Festival
Pöff Shorts (Black Nights Film Festival)

Vilnius Short Film Festival Winners Announced

An international jury announced the best films of the 15th edition of Vilnius International Short Film Festival (VISFF) during the closing ceremony on Sunday night. This year’s competitions featured 39 entries from Lithuania and the entire world. Following the announcement, the festival is to continue until January 18, complemented by a special programme Festival Winners 2022, to be screened at cinemas Skalvija and Pasaka in Vilnius.

The Grand Prix went to My Uncle Tudor (Belgium, Hungary, Portugal, Moldova), a short documentary by Olga Lucovnicova. It is the story of the filmmaker breaking a 20-year silence and travelling back to the house of her great-grandparents, where she passed through harmful events that left a deep imprint on her memory forever. “This film takes us on a slow journey that doesn’t immediately reveal its destination. The director impresses us and surprises us with her brave and honest way of confronting her demons. Building visual metaphors, she uses the power of cinema to convey what words alone can’t always express,” said the jury, presenting the festival’s top award.

Sebastian Mulder’s short documentary Naya (Netherlands) was named the Best International Short Film. It follows a she-wolf Naya on her journey from her birthplace in Germany through the Netherlands to Belgium as she becomes more and more famous and visible – until it endangers not just her wildness, but her existence. “This quietly fascinating film uses existing footage in a very cinematic way, embarking us on a journey that goes from fairytale to horror film. Along the way, it questions humans’ ambiguous relationship to nature, surveillance societies, and sensationalist media,” said the jury.

Urtė Sabulytė’s film Interrogation (Lithuania) was named the Best National Short Film. It takes us to the year 2000. Aleksandra, a young prosecutor, is handling a human trafficking case. A day goes by at the police station, during which she has to conduct two interrogation sessions. “With its powerful cinematography, the film closely follows a character in a complex situation, that intertwines personal and social issues. The director demonstrates a strong real vision and we look forward to seeing more from her in the future,” said members of the jury.

This year’s Special Mention went to Lou’s Neighbour (France) by Victoria Lafaurie and Hector Albouker, a story of 17-year-old Vladimir who is secretly in love with his neighbour Lou. When she decides to leave her home to move in with her ten years older boyfriend, Vladimir tries to put his jealousy aside to help her.

“With its rich storytelling and great attention to detail, the film adds many subtle layers to its simple premise. The two lead actors deliver great performances, full of charm and energy,” said the jury.

The VISFF’22 competitions were watched and judged by Lucile Bourliaud (France), programmer of numerous film festivals in France, Canada, Sweden and the UK; Karol Lindholm (Poland), winner of the Best Documentary at the 2020 festival, director and cinematographer; and film curator Mantė Valiūnaitė (Lithuania).

VISFF’22 films are still available until January 18, in Vilnius and Klaipėda cinemas as well as on ŽMONĖS Cinema, GO3, Cgates, Skalvija VOD platforms. More info on the films and screening venues at www.filmshorts.lt. 

 

About VISFF

Vilnius International Short Film Festival is one of the biggest short film festivals in the Baltic States. Established in 2006, the festival has become one of the few film events in Lithuania to offer such wide scope of latest short films from all around the world. Every year the festival presents over a dozen programmes featuring the best films made in recent years. It is organised by Lithuanian Shorts, a Lithuanian short film agency.

Vilnius Short Film Festival Opens on Wednesday

Vilnius International Short Film Festival opens this Wednesday in 8 Lithuanian towns as well as on 4 Video-on-demand platforms. Already in its 15th edition, the festival will bring audiences of all ages and tastes to cinema and home screens on 12–18 January. This year, they will be offered love stories, reflections of horrifying reality, subtle comedy and lively animation for the little ones.

Competing for the title of best

Each year Vilnius International Short Film Festival (VISFF) showcases the latest and most outstanding Lithuanian short films in its rich programme. Some of them have already been successfully touring international festivals, and this week they will finally have their home premieres as well as compete for the title of the Best Lithuanian Short Film. This year’s competition features 10 entries, divided into two national programmes for the convenience of viewers. 

In addition, films from all over the world will also be running for the top prize in the International Competition, which is grouped around common themes. Scenes from a Family explores the relationships within families and between loved ones, while Longing for Love reveals the many forms of love and raises the question of what it takes to keep it alive. No Options Except One asks the viewer whether we truly always want to discover them, and the On the Way films spread hope that everything is going to be OK, no matter what. Those who want edgier topics and sensations should look into Attention! programme, starring Trump, Putin, COVID-19 and others, and Dangerous Stretch, marked with a sense of doom.

The films will be judged by an international jury: Lucile Bourliaud (France), programmer of numerous film festivals in France, Canada, Sweden and the UK; Karol Lindholm (Poland), winner of the Best Documentary at the 2020 festival, director and cinematographer; and film curator Mantė Valiūnaitė (Lithuania).

From Comedy to Animation

The festival’s 15th edition features a short film retrospective by director Laurynas Bareiša, to celebrate a historic feat for Lithuanian cinema – the prestigious Venice Film Festival award won by Bareiša for his debut feature Pilgrims. Short film lovers have been familiar with this filmmaker for quite a while now as Bareiša has made some memorable films that were presented at international festivals and have now been assembled into a special programme at the VISFF.

This year, the organisers have fulfilled a long-held dream of presenting a programme of comedy films. Everyone has a different idea of a good comedy: some people laugh at witty dialogues, others at awkward situations. Some like to laugh out loud, others are fine with a smile every now and then. Some people laugh at the words spoken by a character, others at the silence that follows. The films in the subtle comedy programme What’s So Funny? use different genres to talk about these differences between people.

Another feature of this year’s VISFF is a guest appearance by Vilnius Queer Festival “Kreivės” with its selection of the best LGBTQ+ films. The Crossroads of Stories programme invites one to take a fresh look at the lives of migrants, while Stories of Europe reveals what themes are most relevant for today’s younger generation of European filmmakers. It has become a tradition to invite to the screens the youngest of viewers too and Animated Adventures has as many as 10 films to capture their attention.

Films All Night Long

One of the most anticipated and popular events of the festival, the Short Film Night returns to cinemas after a year online and expands its geography beyond Vilnius. The biggest film buffs will come together for an all-nighter on January 14 in Vilnius and Šiauliai and January 15 in Klaipėda – the 5-hour, 17-film programme is definitely going to keep everyone awake. Viewers will have a chance to see the best Lithuanian and foreign films that have captivated international festival audiences.

The 15th Vilnius International Short Film Festival will take place on January 12–18 in Vilnius, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Marijampolė, Ukmergė, Gargždai, Tauragė cinemas, as well as on ŽMONĖS Cinema, GO3, Cgates, Skalvija VOD platforms. More info on the films and screening venues at www.filmshorts.lt. 

Main sponsor of the festival: Lithuanian Film Centre. Institutional partners: Vilnius City Municipality, Association LATGA, Audiovisual works copyright association AVAKA, Embassy of Israel, French Institute, EU Creative Europe MEDIA Desk in Lithuania., Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania.

 

About VISFF

Vilnius International Short Film Festival is one of the biggest short film festivals in the Baltic States. Established in 2006, the festival has become one of the few film events in Lithuania to offer such wide scope of the latest short films from all around the world. Every year the festival presents over a dozen programmes featuring the best films made in recent years. It is organised by Lithuanian Shorts, a Lithuanian short film agency.

Meet the Festival Jury

 

 

Each year Vilnius International Short Film Festival presents a wide International and National competition selection of the newest and the most outstanding short films from recent years. This year there’s 29 films that are divided into 6 International Competition programmes and 10 Lithuanian films that are screened in two National Competition programmes.

Festival‘s films will be judged by the international jury: Lucile Bourliaud (France), festival programmer of various film festivals in France, Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom, Karol Lindholm (Poland), director and cinematographer, whose short film won the best documentary film prize in the Vilnius International Short Film Festival back in 2020 and film curator, programmer Mantė Valiūnaitė (Lithuania). On the 16th of January the jury will reveal who became the winners of the festival – this year they select the best short films from the International and National competitions. One short film will be awarded with the main prize – 15th Vilnius International Short Film Festival Grand Prix.

 

Mantė Valiūnaitė (Lithuania)

Mantė Valiūnaitė is currently studying PhD at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Her research is focused on hybrid cinema. Mante was an Artistic Director at Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris.” She has worked as a programmer at International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Inconvenient Films”. Mante curated various projects in NGO “Meno avilys”. In addition, she regularly writes to magazine “Kinas” and weekly cultural paper “7 Days of Art”.

 

Lucile Bourliaud (France)

Lucile Bourliaud has been programming films for the past nine years, collaborating with festivals in France (Lille International Short Film Festival), Quebec (Regard Festival), Sweden and the UK. In 2015 she joined the Flatpack Festival in Birmingham, where she is now in charge of the short film competition. Since 2020, she is also a short film programmer for Nordisk Panorama (Malmö). Between programming jobs, she likes to coordinate print traffic and format hard drives.

 

Karol Lindholm (Poland)

Director and camera operator Karol Lindholm has roots on two Baltic coastlines. He was born in 1990 in the Polish city of Koszalin, around thirteen kilometers from that sea. He lived in Sweden and Denmark. He took philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and he graduated Film and Television Cinematography and Photography at Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. He is working as a camera operator, Director of Photography in Documentaries, TV-Series, Fiction Films in Poland and Germany. His short films “In a Lion” and “The Last Whistle” have been screened and awarded at numerous international film festivals.

15th Vilnius International Film Festival invites to 2-days industry events

The 15th Vilnius International Film Festival invites industry representatives to a great variety of seminars, conversations, one-to-one meetings and special film screenings. This year the main focus of the 2-days industry events is film communication, sustainability and creators professionalisation topics.

The industry events will be held on 14-15 January, in Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania. All events are open and free of charge.


The Covid Green Pass is mandatory.
All industry events will be held in English, except panel discussion „Sustainability in the film industry: where to start?

Prior registration is required: https://bit.ly/industrijos_dienos22 

 

14 January, Friday

 

11:00 – 12:30 

Film Marketing 101 and DIY Tools: You Are the Master of Your Film’s Journey
Rita Stanelytė, Mata Hari Comm (Lithuania)

 

14:00 – 15:30
FYI on the Oscars with Ouat Media
Inga Diev, Ouat Media (Canada)

 

16:00 – 17:30
Panel discussion
Sustainability in the film industry: where to start?(in Lithuanian only)

 


18:00 – 19:30

Special short film programme
EUROPEAN STORIES

Duration: 75 min.
Films with English and Lithuanian subtitles.

 

 

15 January, Saturday

 

10:30 – 12:30
Professionalisation of Creators: What Do Talent Agents Do?
Anna Rozalska, Tarik Hachoud, Aleksandra Aleksander, Match and Spark (Poland)

 

14:00 – 15:30
Discussion „Why Audiovisual Industry Needs Talent Agents?”
Participants: Anna Rozalska, Tarik Hachoud, Aleksandra Aleksander, Match and Spark (Poland)
Moderator:   Irma Pužauskaitė, Directors Lab (Lithuania)


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15:30 – 17:30
One-to-One Meetings with Representatives of Match and Spark

 

This part is dedicated to the individual meetings with talent managers Anna Rozalska, Tarik Hachoud and Aleksandra Aleksander from Match and Spark. 
The one-to-one meetings will last up to 15 minutes and they require prior registration: https://bit.ly/meetings_Match_and_Spark

 

FULL PROGRAMME – HERE.

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