Industry Day 2023

Every year, the Vilnius International Short Film Festival presents events dedicated to the representatives of the audiovisual industry. This year, the festival, which will be held for the 16th time, will invite to the talks about mental health in the film industry.

The Industry Day is organized together with the association AVAKA and the EU program “Creative Europe” MEDIA office in Lithuania.

The event will take place on 20 January (Friday) at the National Art Gallery (Konstitucijos pr. 22, Vilnius).

All events are free.
The events will be held in English.


20 January, Friday

9:45 Registration

10:00 – 11:00 Lecture
Mental health: why is it important to take care of it?
Greta Klidziutė, mental health specialist, Mental Health Perspectives (Lithuania)

Nowadays, we hear a lot about mental health and how important it is to take care of it. But do we really know how to do that and stay aware of all information that is given about mental health? During this presentation, we will explore what mental health is, touch base on how to address it correctly, and discuss what we can all do to take of ourselves and others.

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 13:00 Seminar
Sustaining Your Filmmaking Career the Healthy Way
Rebecca Day, Film in Mind (UK)

Making films often comes with emotional and personal challenges attached. The glamour can sometimes hide the stressful realities of working in the film business: job insecurity, low pay, burnout, rejection and intense periods with long hours away from family and friends are just the tip of the iceberg. In this session, Psychotherapist & Documentary producer Rebecca Day from Film In Mind will invite filmmakers to reflect on the unique and under-discussed issues related to mental health in the filmmaking industry and suggest ways to keep yourselves and your crew healthy and grounded.

13:00 – 14:30 Break

14:30 – 16:00 Panel discussion
Prioritising your Mental Health and Well-being in Film Industry

How to juggle healthily between different projects, roles, and commitments while working in the film industry? How to maintain the right balance between personal and professional life and not leave your well-being in the background. This discussion is an open conversation with film industry professionals about balance in our daily work-life routines, sharing experiences and best practices.

Sanghoon Lee, film curator, programmer, Busan International Short Film Festival (South Korea)

Olga Lucovnicova, filmmaker, researcher (Moldova)
Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, producer, Just a Moment (Lithuania)
Rita Stanelytė, film communication specialist, Mata Hari Comm (Lithuania)

Moderated by Ieva Vaitkevičiūtė, psychology specialist, CEO of Mindlectic (Lithuania)

16:00 – 16:30 Break

16:30 – 18:00 Screening of short film programme “European Stories”

This year’s special programme European Stories presents films with an underlying ritual theme of the transition from one stage of life into another. It expresses, in different forms, a farewell to childhood or carefree adolescence, as well as a playful, modern fairytale of liberation from the boundaries set by society. The films are also interlinked by vivid character portraits and the directors’ increasingly auteur gaze. These films have been well received in their respective countries and have won numerous national awards, as well as touring major international festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Busan, to name a few. And now they continue their journey in Lithuania. These films are the result of a collaboration between Europe’s leading film production companies and talented emerging directors. Their productions were funded by the EU Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

European Stories is presented by the Creative Europe Desk Lithuania MEDIA Office.

More about films: here.

Online consultations with Rebecca Day

On January 20, 23 and 24, the festival invites Lithuanian film industry representatives to individual virtual consultations with a psychotherapist, a mental health specialist Rebecca Day (Film in Mind, United Kingdom). 

One-to-One sessions will build on the topics discussed during the workshop, giving you the opportunity to discuss your project and personal experiences making your film. There is no expectation of what to bring to the session and any issue is welcome. This is simply a time for you to reflect and explore in a therapeutic setting.

The consultations will take place virtually, the duration of one consultation is 45 minutes. 


The number of places is limited, so registration is required: here.

Registration deadline: 17 January.


Estimated number of consultations – 8. Registration is subject to the priority rule. 

We will contact the registered professionals by e-mail and coordinate the date and time of the consultation.


Greta Klidziutė

Greta Klidziūtė is a public health specialist working in the mental health field. As a public health specialist, she mainly focuses on the promotion and prevention programs for mental health. Greta is interested in suicide prevention and, for the past couple of years, has worked with strategic suicide prevention plans and held suicide prevention training courses.

Currently, Greta is a project manager at NGO Mental Health Perspectives, where she manages various projects in the fields of mental health and human rights.




Rebecca Day

Rebecca Day is a qualified psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and freelance documentary producer. She founded Film In Mind, a therapy service for filmmakers, in 2018 to address mental health in the film industry. She combines her therapeutic skills with over a decade of documentary production experience to offer consultancies, workshops and therapeutic support to filmmakers working in difficult situations and with vulnerable people. She is also a co-founder of DocuMentality, an international research project currently in action that will lead to the creation of an online support space for documentary makers. She has been invited as a guest speaker and mentor on panels and at workshops at events such as IDFA, IDA Getting Real Documentary Conference, WIFTV, Berlinale and Sheffield DocFest.




Organizer: Vilnius International Short Film Festival.
Partners: association AVAKA, EU program “Creative Europe” MEDIA Office, National Art Gallery.