Call for entries for the 15th 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 15th edition. Every year the festival presents two competition programmes – International and National. Eligible for entry are short fiction, documentary, animation, experimental and hybrid genre films up to 30 min. produced from the 1st of January 2020. Films can be submitted only via www.shortfilmdepot.com platform. Submission deadline: 2 August.

Vilnius International Short Film Festival (VISFF) is one of the biggest short film festivals in the Baltic countries. Established in 2006, VISFF has become a unique platform in Lithuania, screening thoroughly selected global professional short films made by the upcoming generation of talented filmmakers.

 

Each year Vilnius International Short Film Festival holds the International Competition, which involves around 40 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 Competition with three awards – Best Short Fiction, Best Short Documentary and Best Short Animation; and National Competition with the Best Lithuanian Short Film award. The festival also features several special non-competition programmes – retrospectives, kids programme and special theme-based short film selections.

The 15th edition of Vilnius International Short Film Festival will take place between 12-18 January 2022, in a hybrid format having screenings on-site and virtually.

VISFF is organized by Lithuanian Short Film Agency LITHUANIAN SHORTS, main sponsors – Lithuanian Film Centre, Vilnius City Municipality. 

Submission to VISFF:

  • Submission is available only via www.shortfilmdepot.com HERE.
  • Submission deadline: early bird deadline: 30 June (free); final deadline: 2 August (5 Eur).
  • The festival does not require any premiere status.
  • Festival’s regulations: here.
  • The selection results will be announced by the end of October 2021.

For more information contact office@filmshorts.lt.

Lithuanian Delegation at the 36th Clermont-Ferrand Online Short Film Market

Today one of the largest short film industry events – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market –  starts its 36th edition. Despite the move to online format, the Market will maintain its role as a key annual meeting place to facilitate the creation, production, and circulation of short films. The 36th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market will take place exclusively on the virtual platform www.shortfilmwire.com, from February 1 to 5. Traditionally, Lithuania and its short film industry will be represented by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts”

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market gives an exclusive opportunity to promote and present the latest Lithuanian short film projects, events and national production companies to the international industry. It also creates a platform to meet with the distributors and sales agents of Europe’s largest television, VoD and cinema companies. This year Lithuanian film industry is represented by 7-member delegation consisting of Rimantė Daugėlaitė (head of Lithuanian Shorts), Gabrielė Cegialytė (Lithuanian Shorts projects manager), short film producers Viktorija Seniut (Viktoria Films), Brigita Beniušytė (M-Films), Akvilė Bliujūtė-Janušė (Meinart studio), Veronika Cicėnaitė and director Jorė Janavičiūtė.

Each year, “Lithuanian Shorts” presents a catalogue with a wide selection of the newest Lithuanian short films. The latest catalogue of Lithuanian Shorts 2020-2021 has become a virtual database, which presents 30 most recent works of Lithuanian filmmakers. All the films are relevant to international audiences, seek distinctive cinematographic language, offer a new perspective, test new forms and techniques, explore complex relationships and provide an opportunity to unfold for the latest generation of Lithuanian filmmakers. Film industry professionals can also access a special collection of the latest 12 Lithuanian films in the market video library (log-in to shortfilmwire.com, select Delegations, Lithuanian Shorts and Films).

On Wednesday, 3 February, at 3 p.m. (CET) “Lithuanian Shorts” together with partners from Latvia and Estonia invite industry professionals to the online talk “Small but strong. Baltic shorts on the big stage”. This talk will be an overview of the Baltic short film industry, with salient facts and figures, case studies examining recent successful Baltic shorts as well as a look to the future with a focus on new talents. Speakers: Rimantė Daugėlaitė (Lithuanian Shorts), Anna Zača (Latvian Animation Association, Riga IFF), Laurence Boyce (PÖFF Shorts).

What is more, every year Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market also hosts one of the main European short film co-production forums – Euro Connection 2021. Among 13 selected projects, a winner of the “Baltic Pitching Forum 2020”, organized by “Lithuanian Shorts”, Estonian short film project “Skin of a Mandarin” (dir. Jaanika Arum, prod. Tiina Savi) will be presented to the selected short film producers. All the attending professionals of the market can watch the video pitches of “Euro Connection” projects in the designated Euro Connection area on Shortfilmwire platform. 

The Short Film Market is a part of the most significant short film festival – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, organized by the association Sauve qui peut le court métrage. This year, the festival’s International Competition will focus on 78 films from across the world that provide the usual snapshot of the state of the short-film world today. One selected title of this selection is Lithuanian short film DUMMY directed by Laurynas Bareiša (I13 programme). Since its world premiere at Berlinale 2020, the film has travelled over 60 international film festivals and gained international recognition. Film is produced by Klementina Remeikatė (Afterschool), festival distributor – Varicoloured. 

More information about Lithuanian delegation and market’s programme – here.

Winning films of the 14th Vilnius International Short Film Festival announced

 

Colombia’s Between You and Milagros, Spanish and Chilean production Correspondence and Lithuania’s Dummy amongst lauded films

As the 14th Vilnius International Short Film Festival approaches its halfway stage, an international jury has announced the winners during a virtual awards ceremony held on Sunday evening. This year 44 short films from all over the world and Lithuania competed in the international and national competition programs.

The winner of the Best Fiction category was Between you and Milagros by Colombian director and screenwriter Mariana Saffon. In their statement, the jury said it was:

A film that sensitively and astutely captures a young protagonist on the very cusp of adolescence, with a beautiful performance by its young lead. Letting the weight of the narrative be determined entirely by her inner world and reactions to small personal injustices, which stand in contrast to the economic inequalities and complex realities around her, it perfectly conveys the triviality but intensity of oncoming puberty. We commend the writers and director for this perceptive, confident and gorgeous coming-of-age story.”

Spanish and Chilean co-production Correspondence, by Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor,  was chosen as the 14th VISFF’s Best Documentary. According to the jury, the film is: 

“… a beautiful and poetic reflection on cinema, family, inheritance and motherhood between two filmmakers against a backdrop of political turmoil. It’s a patient and intimate dialogue between two artists allowing us to see how they shape each other’s work.”

French short film Genius Loci by Adrien Mérigeau won the Best Animation Award. The jury said in their statement about the film:

In his mesmerizing animation, the director wields the concept of space with a skill that is rarely seen. Firmly weaving the narrative and visual layers, he takes us on a perplexing yet overwhelmingly engaging journey into the character’s complex subconsciousness and makes us witness her liberating transformation.”

From the National Competition, the Best Lithuanian Short Film went to Laurynas Bareiša and his fiction film Dummy. The jury said that the film was

“…a masterful slice of captivating storytelling which incorporates comments on masculinity and gender roles, macro and micro aggressions, and dark comedy in the shape of a traditional procedural narrative with a twist. With familiar yet subtle performances and economical yet revealing dialogue, it shows a young director in command of the genre and his actors.” 

The Jury gave two special mentions. One went to Alex Evstigneev’s documentary film Golden Buttons which, according to the jury, “… offers a sensitive invitation to imagine the inner world of its young subjects. It fearlessly shows how Russian authorities brainwashes its youth and its destructive effect on the emotions of its future generations”. The second special mention was given to Lithuanian film director Vytautas Katkus and his fiction film Community Gardens,  “…a bitter-sweet father-son story shedding light on authorities, crisis and expectations never to be lived up to.”

All the films of the official competition selection were watched and judged by an international jury made up of Sanne Jehoul, co-director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival (United Kingdom), Zofia Jaroszuk, animation producer (Poland), and Jurgis Matulevičius (Lithuania), the European Film Award nominated director and screenwriter. 

The 2021 edition of the Vilnius International Short Film Festival is being held on 14-19 January in a virtual format on three Lithuanian VOD platforms. All the film programs are accessible to audiences in the territory of Lithuania only. 

ONLINE INDUSTRY EVENT: Working with the sales agent. Lithuanian case studies

15 January, Friday, 11 a.m. (CET)
Live stream on the Festival Facebook page


Working with the sales agent. Lithuanian case studies

Lithuanian short films have begun clearly establishing themselves on the map of the international short film industry. Sale agent is one of those bridges, across which, Lithuanian works can reach the international audience.
This talk 
will give an insight into the successful distribution paths of 2 Lithuanian animated short films –  “The Juggler” (dir. Skirmanta Jakaite, prod. Agne Adomene, Art Short) and “Matilda and the Spare Head” (dir. Ignas Meilunas, prod. Marija Razgute, M-Films).

Speaker: Luce Grosjean (MIYU Distribution)

Event will be moderated by Laurence Boyce.


Event will be LIVE streamed on the Facebook page of Vilnius International Short Film Festival.

 

About speaker

Luce Grosjean

In 2014 Luce Grosjean founded Sève Films, a distribution company destined to promote student films in animation festivals, but also young talent directors. In 2017, she associated with Miyu Productions to create Miyu Distribution, specialized in distribution in festivals and international sales for animation.

About MIYU Distribution
Founded in 2017, Miyu Distribution is born out of the meeting between Luce Grosjean, and her former company Sève Films she was running since 2014, and Miyu Productions.
Specialized in international sales and distribution of animated short films, the company distributes graduation films from the well-known animation schools as well as short films from independent production companies. Its purpose is to offer a space to young artists, to give their film the opportunity to find their audience.

Official selection for Vilnius International Short Film Festival (January 14th-19th 2021) announced

Lithuania’s premiere short film festival reveals films in the National and International Competitions

 The 14th Vilnius International Short Film Festival, one of the first film festivals of 2021 which runs between January 14th and 19th, has announced the official selection of films that will be screening in its National and International competition programmes. With 33 films from across the globe and 11 films from Lithuania, the competition is a diverse and far-reaching selection of some of the very fiction, documentary and animation made over the past year.

With the health of its participants at the forefront of its mind, the 2021 edition of the Vilnius International Short Film Festival will bypass cinemas and give audiences from across Lithuania the chance to watch programmes in the comfort of their own homes via VOD platforms.

 Rimantė Daugėlaitė-Cegelskienė, head of the Vilnius International Short Film Festival said:

 “With culture not quite ready to leave the realm of the virtual world, we’re delighted that we’re able to bring audiences the opportunity to see short films in their own homes. Not only does this help to secure the health and safety of our audiences, but gives them an even greater opportunity to watch the amazing films we have on offer. January is the quietest month of the year, and we will gladly provide Lithuanians with lots of quality content to brighten up the long nights and cold days.  Across eight national and international competition programs, and more than 40 shorts, we’ll give our audience the chance to discover some of the best shorts of the past year. And there will be even more surprises with intriguing additional special programs – that will cater to all tastes – to be announced as the festival approaches.”

In the festival’s National Competition 11 homegrown films will compete for the title of Best Lithuanian Short.

 Said Daugėlaitė-Cegelskienė:

 “Every year we have the pleasant challenge of selecting Lithuanian films – the number and quality is growing annually. Lithuanian stories are typified by being sensitive, original, cheerful and radical, and the range of topics is very diverse and timely as they deal with – amongst other things – mental illness, family relations, loneliness, modern technology and the role of women in our society. All the films are defined by characters who are searching for something – though they might not find what they are expecting. The joy of discovery will also be there for audiences as they uncover these great shorts.”

 With more than 1500 entries received for consideration for the International Competition, the final 33 films that were selected represent a wide geographical spread with films from the likes of Chile and The Philippines. The 2021 programmes – grouped thematically – include ‘Fast Heartbeat’, a selection of films guaranteed to keep audiences on the edge of their seat. This will give audiences the chance to watch a documentary about a football referee Das Spiel by Swiss director Roman Hodel. ‘In Search of Closeness’ sees films that explore the search for a close relationship in the world of individualists, and includes French short animation Mémorable by Bruno Collet. ‘Me and Myself’ will ask the question “Who Am I?” amongst such films as Palme d’Or 2020 winner I am Afraid to Forget Your Face (dir. Sameh Alaa), while ‘My Fair Existence’ will see characters looking for the meaning of life in such films as documentary Deep Waters by Xacio Baño (Spain). ‘Head On’ will reflect the efforts to maintain one’s identity, in such films as Comubian/US drama Between You and Milagros (dir. Mariana Saffon), will the issues of the modern day are confronted in ‘Not Fake News’ including Russian documentary The Golden Buttons by Alex Evstigneev.

 The films for the International Competition were selected by Andrius Blaževičius, director and screenwriter, Monika Gimbutaitė, film critic and journalist, and Klementina Remeikaitė, film producer

 The short films of the official selection will be watched by an international jury: Sanne Jehoul, director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Zofia Jaroszuk, animation producer from Poland, and Jurgis Matulevičius, Lithuanian film director and screenwriter nominated for the European Film Academy Award. The jury will award four films: best documentary, best fiction, best animation and best Lithuanian short film.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITION

AMMU (dir. Karolina Nadzeikaitė, Lithuania, 2021) – National premiere

Atkūrimas / Dummy (dir. Laurynas Bareiša, Lithuania, 2020)

Atskirti balsai / Voices Apart (dir. Elvina Nevardauskaitė, David Heinemann, Lithuania, United Kingdom, 2020) – National premiere

Konsultacija / Advice (dir. Adas Burkšaitis, Lithuania, 2021) – National premiere

Kolektyviniai sodai / Community Gardens (dir. Vytautas Katkus, Lithuania, 2019)

Laukais / Through the Fields (dir. Kamilė Milašiūtė, Lithuania)

Senis / The Old Man (dir. Elena Rožukaitė, Lithuania, 2021) – National premiere

Skaitmeninis Voodoo / Digital Voodoo (dir. Antanas Skučas, Julius Zubavičius, Lithuania, 2020)

Sniego pastogė / Snow Shelter (dir. Robertas Nevecka, Lithuania, 2020)

Sutrikimas / Confused (dir. Petras Kuneika, Lithuania, 2021) – National premiere

Šaknys / Roots (dir. Jonas Juškaitis, Lithuania, 2021) – National premiere

 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

22:47 LINE 34 (dir. Michael Karrer, Switzerland, 2019)

Aline (rež. Simon Guélat, France, 2019)

Anita (dir. Sushma Khadepaun, India, USA, 2020)

Benjamin, Benny, Ben (dir. Paul Shkordoff, Canada, 2020)

Between You and Milagros / Entre tú y Milagros (dir. Mariana Saffon, Columbia, USA, 2020)

Black Sheep Boy (dir. James Molle, France, 2019)

Camille, Contactless / Camille sans contact (dir. Paul Nouhet, France, 2020)

Cayenne (dir. Simon Gionet, Canada, 2020)

Correspondence / Correspondencia (dir. Carla Simón, Dominga Sotomayor, Spain, Chile, 2020)

Dar(k)win Project (dir. Loris Lamunière, Charles Mercier, France, 2019)

Deep Waters / Augas Abisais (dir. Xacio Baño, Spain, 2020)

Filipiñana (dir. Rafael Manuel, Philippines, United Kingdom, 2020)

Frida (dir. Briggite Grüter, Switzerland, 2019)

Genius Loci (dir. Adrien Mérigeau, France, 2019)

I am Afraid to Forget Your Face (dir. Sameh Alaa, Egypt, France, Belgium, Qatar, 2020)

Japan (dir. Dmitrij Ritter, Austria, 2019)

Mad Mieter (rež. Marc Weis, Martin De Mattia, Germany, 2019)

Memorable / Mémorable (dir. Bruno Collet, France, 2019)

Monaco (rež. Arman Khansarian, Iran, 2020)

Mthunzi (dir. Tebogo Malebogo, Republic of South Africa, 2019)

My Galactic Twin Galaction / Мой галактический двойник Галактион (dir. Sasha Svirsky, Russia, 2020)

My Own Landscapes (rež. Antoine Chapon, France, 2019)

Nestor (dir. João Gonzalez, United Kingdom, Portugal, 2019)

Now, Daphne / Traverser la nuit (dir. Johann G. Louis, France, 2019)

Shānzhài Screens (dir. Paul Heintz, France, 2020)

Something to Remember / Något att minnas (dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Sweden, 2019)

The Game / Das Spiel (dir. Roman Hodel, Switzerland, 2020)

The Golden Buttons / Золотые пуговицы (dir. Alex Evstigneev, Russia, 2020)

The Handyman (dir. Nicholas Clifford, Australia, 2020)

The Manila Lover (rež. Johanna Pyykkö, Norway, Philippines, 2019)

The Speech / 黄真真的演讲 (dir. Haohao Yan, USA, 2019)

Weekend / Akhare Hafte (dir. Ario Motevaghe, Iran, 2019)

White Eye / Ayn Levana (dir. Tomer Shushan, Israel, 2019)

 

Dark nights with short horror stories

Spooky nights might be even scarier! Vilnius International Short Film Festival presents a special horror short film programme for adults “Short, Yet Films: Scary Stories”, which will be screened on the 31st of October and the 3rd of November in Skalvija cinema center.

The program features five short films full of tension, uncertainty, panic, psychological violence, a hint of black humor and a few buckets of blood. Filmmakers are not going to scare you in primitive ways. They play with much deeper fears, testing our empathy, tolerance and values.

Tickets here.

Duration: 74 min. All films have English subtitles.

 

“Short, Yet Films: Scary Stories”:

 

OSCAR’S BELL

UK | 2018 | fiction | 12 min.

Director: Chris Cronin

Duncan and his dog Oscar have gone on their weekly camping trip into the wilderness together. However, when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back.

 

BAD HAIR

Estonia | 2019 | fiction | 15 min.

Director: Oskar Lehemaa

Insecure and balding Leo has closed himself in his apartment to try hair growth liquid for fixing up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorphoses with his skin and hair and as Leo tries to get his bodily changes under control the evening quickly turns into chaos.

 

LOW TIDE

Ireland | 2018 | fiction | 14 min.

Director: Ian Hunt Duffy

Jack is excited about heading out to sea on a fishing trip with his Dad. But things take a sudden dark turn when his Dad tells him that they have hit a sea monster and insists that Jack must get into the water and face it head on.

 

HELSINKI MANSPLAINING MASSACRE

Finland | 2018 | fiction | 15 min.

Director: Ilja Rautsi

An intensely hysterical horror comedy about one woman’s desperate struggle to survive a horde of men with frail egos, who just want to explain everything to her. But the biggest horror may be closer to her than she thinks.

 

ACID

France | 2018 | fiction | 18 min.

Director: Just Philippot

A troubling cloud is taking shape somewhere out west. It’s now slowly moving inland, forcing the population to run away. As the cloud keeps on moving forward inescapably, panic strikes. That cumulus is acid.

Culture Night 2020: Vilnius International Short Film Festival presents a special screening

Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts” and Vilnius International Short Film Festival present a special screening “Short, Yet Films: Lithuanian Stories”.

The program for the Kultūros naktis / Culture Night presents five Lithuanian short films from the festival’s National competition 2020. 

 

“Short, Yet Films: Lithuanian Stories” on the 25th of September, 8 pm and 9.40 pm at the Arts Printing House (Šiltadaržio str. 6, Vilnius).

 

Duration 63’. Recommended 13+

All films with English subtitles.

Screening is for free but requires registration HERE.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please STAY AT HOME if you experience fever, runny nose or any other symptoms.

Masks are mandatory at the EVENT. We recommend washing and disinfecting your hands more often, keep a safe distance of 1-2 meters from other people, and choose every second seat in the hall.

 

The programme:

 

The Juggler 

Lithuania, France | 2018 | Animation | 11 min.

Director | Skirmanta Jakaitė

We live in the same house, but in different apartments, jobs, situations, believes, visions. Each in our own compartment, we fool ourselves that the world is one and that it exists. Sometimes it seems that an incomprehensible thread becomes visible and I am on a verge of understanding… This film is about the other side of life – the scary, unknown side we never fully grasp, but we know is there, somewhere near, so close.

 

Caucasus 

Lithuania | 2018 | Fiction | 14 min.

Director | Laurynas Bareiša

Tekle with her daughter Ema comes back from abroad to visit Dalia, Tekle’s mother. Ema goes outside to walk her grandmother’s dog. Immediately after discovering that Ema went outside alone Dalia starts searching for her. Dalia fears that something terrible might have happened to Ema.

 

Family Unit 

Lithuania | 2019 | Fiction | 21 min.

Director | Titas Laucius

Eimantas and Migle have been together for only a couple of months. Migle’s grandfather has been living in an apartment that is too big for him. That’s why Migle’s parents decide that he is finally going to live with them. In order to please his girlfriend, Eimantas comes to the grandfather’s home to help Migle’s family move all the furniture. But not every family member is happy about the presence of Eimantas.

 

When Children Come Home 

Lithuania | 2019 | Fiction | 12 min.

Director | Kamilė Milašiūtė

Ieva and Kasparas, sister and brother, are locked out of their home. Their mother has shut the door from the inside and is out of reach. The older sister Dovilė is their last hope, but even with her being there, there’s nothing they can do, but wait.

 

Quartz 

Lithuania | 2018 | Fiction | 5 min.

Directors | Odeta Riškutė, Klaudija Matvejevaitė

Winter in Soviet Lithuanian School. School authorities introduce regular quartz lamp sessions – so that children could receive a missing vitamin D amount. But for the sixth-grader Pijus, vitamin D is not important, he cares about a cool classmate, sadly this is a one-sided feeling. During the first quartz lamp session, the boy bravely violates the rules in order to impress his crush.

Festival presents open-air screening of horror short films

Vilnius International Short Film Festival presents a special horror short film programme for adults “Short, Yet Films: Scary Stories” which will be screened at the open-air cinema “Kinas po žvaigždėmis” (“Cinema Under the Stars”) organised by the arthouse cinema “Pasaka”. The event will be held in the old town of Vilnius – courtyard of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

The screening of “Short, Yet Films: Scary Stories” will take place on the 14th of August, 21:30. The program features five short films full of tension, uncertainty, panic, psychological violence, a hint of black humor and a few buckets of blood. Filmmakers are not going to scare you in primitive ways. They play with much deeper fears, testing our empathy, tolerance and values.

TICKETS: b.link/TrumpiBetFilmai

Duration: 74 min. All films have English subtitles.

 

“Short, Yet Films: Scary Stories”

 

LOW TIDE

Ireland | 2018 | fiction | 14 min.

Director: Ian Hunt Duffy

Jack is excited about heading out to sea on a fishing trip with his Dad. But things take a sudden dark turn when his Dad tells him that they have hit a sea monster and insists that Jack must get into the water and face it head on.

 

ACID

France | 2018 | fiction | 18 min.

Director: Just Philippot

A troubling cloud is taking shape somewhere out west. It’s now slowly moving inland, forcing the population to run away. As the cloud keeps on moving forward inescapably, panic strikes. That cumulus is acid.

 

OSCAR’S BELL

UK | 2018 | fiction | 12 min.

Director: Chris Cronin

Duncan and his dog Oscar have gone on their weekly camping trip into the wilderness together. However, when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back.

 

HELSINKI MANSPLAINING MASSACRE

Finland | 2018 | fiction | 15 min.

Director: Ilja Rautsi

An intensely hysterical horror comedy about one woman’s desperate struggle to survive a horde of men with frail egos, who just want to explain everything to her. But the biggest horror may be closer to her than she thinks.

 

BAD HAIR

Estonia | 2019 | fiction | 15 min.

Director: Oskar Lehemaa

Insecure and balding Leo has closed himself in his apartment to try hair growth liquid for fixing up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorphoses with his skin and hair and as Leo tries to get his bodily changes under control the evening quickly turns into chaos.

13th Vilnius International Short Film Festival Aftermovie

A short glimpse into the mid of last January when we had a wonderful 13th Vilnius International Short Film Festival! Thanks to everybody who helped to make this festival the way it was. The next edition will take place on January 14-17, 2021, in Vilnius and other Lithuanian cities.

More memories from the festival – on our facebook.

The call for short films to the 14th Vilnius International Short Film Festival ends on 31st of July. You can submit your newest short films here.

 

Panel discussion at Marché du Film Online – Myths About Short Film Industry: Is There Any Money?

Baltic Short Film Project Pitching Event „Baltic Pitching Forum”*  together with the Lithuanian Film Centre invites to the online panel discussion at the Marché du Film Online. The discussion “Myths About Short Film Industry: Is There Any Money?” will be held on 25th of June, 1 PM CET, please register here (registration is open until 24 June, 23:59 CET).

There is a classical and constantly relevant question — whether there is any money in the short film industry, what the filmmakers actually get back from the agreements with the sales and distribution companies, TV acquisition departments. A panel of experienced sales agents, festival distributors, TV commissioning editors and co-production forum organisers will discuss the myths about short film industry, and will give some real examples of the short films monetization.

All the experts are former panelists of the Baltic Pitching Forum. The discussion will be moderated by Lithuanian animation producer Agnė Adomėnė.

Discussion is organized by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts” and Lithuanian Film Centre.

 

PANELISTS

Sari Volanen

commissioning editor, producer

Yle – The Finnish Broadcasting Company (Finland)

Sari Volanen is a commissioning editor at the Finnish broadcasting company, YLE. She works at the co-production department, producing short films and documentaries, mainly with Finnish independent filmmakers and producers. She is in charge of the strand of New Cinema on YLE Teema, which shows quirky and cinematic films regardless of length and genre.

 

Wouter Jansen

sales & festival distribution

Square Eyes (Netherlands)

Wouter Jansen is the owner of the sales and festival distribution company Square Eyes. He worked as the head of programming at the Go Short – International Film Festival during the first 10 editions. In 2013 he started Some Shorts, which changed to Square Eyes in 2019, which specializes in having outstanding non-mainstream films find the audience and recognition they deserve. With Square Eyes, Wouter represents bold, author-driven features and shorts, and collaborates closely with the filmmakers to devise bespoke festival distribution and sales strategies. This has resulted in a small catalogue of films premiering at prestigious festivals and winning multiple awards over the last few years like main prizes at Cannes, TIFF, Berlin, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand.  Wouter has been giving lectures at schools like Le Fresnoy, HEAD Geneva and Netherlands Film Academy as well as moderating and leading workshops at festivals like IDFA, Warsaw FF, True/False, Winterthur, VIS Vienna Shorts and others. He is a Berlinale Talents alumni.

 

Marcin Łuczaj

sales agent

New Europe Film Sales (Poland)

Marcin Łuczaj graduated in Film & Media Studies from the University of Lodz and in Cultural Studies from the University of Warsaw. He works for New Europe Film Sales, a Warsaw-based sales agency for both features and shorts, where he is responsible for feature film acquisitions and for the short film catalogue. Marcin has several years of experience as a programmer for the Warsaw Film Festival and ZubrOFFka International Short Film Festival, and as a guest curator for various international film festivals.

 

Laurent Crouzeix

Coordination of European Short Film Co-production Forum

Euro Connection (France)

Laurent Crouzeix is on the Executive team of the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and Short Film Market. He is part of the Festival’s programming team. He is Coordinator of Euro Connection co-production forum that has seen 99 projects to completion so far. Laurent also designs various targeted industry meetings about the development, production, or distribution of short films. He is Project Manager for Shortfilmdepot.com platform, which he started developing in 2004 together with Roger Gonin. Laurent’s debut stop motion short Amerigo and the New World, co-directed with Luis Briceño, was released in 2019.

 

Panel moderator

Agnė Adomėnė

producer

Art Short (Lithuania)

The creative producer Agnė Adomėnė focuses on developing and producing artistic animated films. In 2012, she founded the production company ART SHOT, her first completed film Ragnarok (dir. Urtė and Johan Oettinger) was awarded by the Lithuanian Film Academy and selected by many international festivals. Two of her latest projects won the Baltic Pitching Forum and were selected for Euro Connection 2017 (The Juggler, dir. Skirmanta Jakaitė) and the European Short Pitch 2018 (Elena, dir. Birutė Sodeikaitė). Agnė is one of the founders and a board member of the Lithuanian Animation Association, a member of the European Animation Awards, the Lithuanian Film Academy and the Independent Producers Association of Lithuania. She was also a member of the Jury at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2018.

 

*Baltic Short Film Project Pitching Event “Baltic Pitching Forum” is a unique platform of networking and bringing the latest short film projects from the Baltics into the spotlight. Forum helps filmmakers to gain international recognition in the European marketplace and it aims to set up a place for short filmmakers situated in the Baltic sea region to present their new projects whilst sharing common issues and knowledge, exchanging experiences and good practices, developing artistic ideas and increasing contacts. The event will also encourage them to attract active European producers, TV commissioners, film fund representatives, VoD and festival programmers and distributors. Forum is organised by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency Lithuanian Shorts.

8th edition of the Baltic Pitching Forum will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 8th-10th October 2020. This year a Guest Country of the Forum will be Poland. Read more – www.bpf.lt.