Meet the Festival Jury

News 2022-01-07

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.