NEW PRODUCERS’ ROOMWednesday, 25th of May
The NEW PRODUCERS ROOM aims to highlight up-and-coming producers and offer them a privileged space where they can explore the co-production opportunities in specific territories, and therefore build strong bonds for the future. In the context of the program, the producers benefit from a series of dedicated sessions centered around the production & distribution fields.
Baltic Shorts has selected 2 active short film producers from Lithuania and Latvia to the NEW PRODUCERS’ ROOM
Justė Michailinaitė (Broom Films, Lithuania)
Alise Rogule (Mima Films, Latvia).
Both producers are alumni of the Baltic Short Film Project Pitching Event “Baltic Pitching Forum” in 2021.
FOCUS WiPWorks in Progress
Tuesday, 24th of May, 10am at Palais de Festivals (level-1, aisle 14)
Focus WiP aims to highlight short film projects currently in production or post-production to key decision-makers, such as international festival programmers, distributors, institutions, producers and buyers. The Focus WiP provides guidance to short filmmakers through mentoring sessions and gives them the opportunity to promote their work-in-progress. Project holders enjoy a privileged space to boost the completion process and enhance the release of their upcoming short film on the international market.
Among 6 short film projects selected for the Focus WiP 2022 is the Estonian project
JUNGLE LAW (director Madli Lääne, producer Marianne Ostrat, Alexandra Film).
The project has been developed at the Baltic Short Film Script Development Program “Baltic Shorts Residency” and presented at the Baltic Short Film Project Baltic Short Film Project Pitching Event “Baltic Pitching Forum” in 2019.
Films in Competition
CHERRIES (UOGOS)dir. Vytautas Katkus
Lithuania / 2022 / Live-Action / 15’
A hot summer day. The cherry-tree branches are full of ripe berries, swaying from the wind and weight. A recently retired father invites his son to help him with the cherry picking in the garden. The father is not in a rush, as he now wants to spend more time with his son, leaving the cherries in the background. Working together and staying silent, they both realize how much time they’ve lost during those 30 years. The cherries bring the two men back to their first memories and let them experience them longer, as if to start all over again.
Contact: MARIJA RAZGUTĖ, M-FILMS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Baltic ShortsBaltic Shorts is a film collection containing the freshest short films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Seven animation and fiction shorts represent some of the most exciting filmmakers currently working in the region and display the creativity and unique sensibility of films from the Baltic region. Many of the films are work-in-progress or just recently finished and looking for the distribution, sales opportunities or festival premieres.
3. OKTAVI F | 3rd OCTAVE Fdir. Eeva Mägi
Fiction, 2022, 17'
A broken family, revenge and standing up against injustice towards women told through a daring and stylized opera-western.
Contacts: Allfilm OÜ, Kristofer Piir, email@example.com
KALLID REISIJAD | DEAR PASSENGERSdir. Madli Lääne
Fiction, 2022, 11’
A lonely traveler embarks on a journey to find relief for a hidden yearning. Her restless longing spreads around and forces fellow passengers to face their own desires and disappointments.
Contact: Stellar Film, Johanna Maria Paulson, firstname.lastname@example.org
HEIKI TEISEL POOL | HEIKI ON THE OTHER SIDEdir. Katariina Aule
Fiction, 2022, 15’
A dark comedy that tells the story of Heiki, a young man who dies during a party he’s hosting at the house of his recently passed grandfather and ends up in the Underworld where he must face the consequences of his death.
Contact: NAFTA, Andreas Kask, email@example.com
Can’t Help MyselfDir. Anna Ansone
Live Action, dramedy, 2022, 20'
In order to get through her unexciting summer job selling ice cream at the Baltic seaside, Estere fills her time with guided meditation online sessions and self-help audiobooks. Parallel to her self-help odyssey, the other beach goers are trying to get by with the help of Tarot cards, alcohol or the Holy Bible. Yearning for contact but stuck in self-doubt, Estere starts imitating the conversations she overhears: stuck in positive self-verbalisation, she repeats it until she believes it.
Contacts: Alise Rogule, Mfproduction, firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE IS THE KEYDir. Indra Sproge
Animation, 2022, 7'
Lara tries out the experiences of other characters, but she only finds the key when she looks into herself, starts doing the thing she loves the most: art. She begins to love herself, her experiences, connecting with the world she was looking for.
Contacts: Indra Sproge, email@example.com
ATMOSFEROS ARBA VIDUTINIS SLĖGIS | STANDARD PRESSURE: 34 PSIdir. Akvile Gelaziute
Fiction, 2022, 15’
Gabija and her boyfriend struggle to make a decision on whether the puppy they are about to buy should be a male or a female dog. During the funeral of a distant relative, it becomes apparent why the choice for Gabija was so difficult to make.
Contacts: SOCIALINES ATSAKOMYBES PROJEKTAI(COMETOS), Emilija Sluskonyte, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Time | KAIP BUTI ZMOGUMI HOW TO BE A HUMAN BEINGDir. Jore Janaviciute
Fiction, 2022, 15’
During a conference in a hotel, a woman in her mid-thirties meets a man that she used to date in her teenage years. She accuses him of ‘date-rape’ back then. She has to help him prepare for the presentation. They start to talk. It turns out that things were different than she thought for many years.
Contacts: KINO METROPOLIS, Greta Akcijonaite, email@example.com