MARKET SCREENINGTuesday, 1 Feb.
11:00 / G. Conchon Theatre
Baltic 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.
CURRENT WAVES AND BALTIC TALENTSCo-production opportunities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Wednesday, 2 Feb.14:00
Short Film Market - Forum
Whilst examining the current ecosystem of Baltic shorts, this talk will explore the co-production opportunities with the Baltic countries while exploring the new talents and initiatives that the Baltic countries offer.
With case studies and the latest facts and figures, this will prove invaluable for those wanting to work more with the Baltic countries as well as for those wanting to find out more about those projects that will be making a splash on the circuit in the months to come.
Initiated by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency Lithuanian Shorts, International Short Film and Animation festival PÖFF Shorts, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS, SHORT RIGA at Riga International Film Festival and Latvian Animation Association.
BALTIC MEET & GREETWednesday, 2 Feb.
at Baltic Shorts stand no. 30
SHORT FILM PROJECT SCHRÖDINGERdir. Sergei Kibus (Estonia)
Tuesday-Wednesday, 1-2 Feb.
at Euro Connection Co-production Forum 2022
In a small apartment, a cat named Schrödinger leads a content and carefree life with a young man. Whilst all Schrödinger knows is his home, strange visions of fantastic landscapes and creatures visit him. The cat’s realities shatter when one day his human collapses and never gets up from the floor. The friendly apartment becomes a prison. Unprecedented emotions - grief, fear, and loss of love - flood over the cat. Is there a way out of the box? And if so, where does it lead?
Contacts: Kadriann Kibus, Rebel Frame, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Films in Competition
Guard of Honour | Goda Sardzedir. Edmunds Jansons
Latvia / 2021 / Animation / 6’
A natural disaster interferes with the honour guard ritual. Only one of the guards, seemingly pointlessly, chooses to remain in his post.
Contact: Sabine Anderson, Atom Art email@example.com
Sierradir. Sander Joon
Estonia / 2022 / Animation / 16’
A father and his son are losing the folkrace. In order to win, the boy turns himself into a car tire. Loosely inspired by the director's childhood, Sierra pulls us into the surreal car racing world.
Contact: Wouter Jansen, Square Eyes firstname.lastname@example.org
Till We Meet Again | Taaskohtuminedir. Ülo Pikkov
Animation, Documentary, 2021, 14’
An animated documentary about an old lady who returns home after sixty years. The film is based on a true story and taking place on a remote island of Baltic sea. All objects in the film are made of materials found on that island, island Ruhnu.
(International Premiere still available as of 01/2022)
Contacts: Ülo Pikkov, email@example.com
Skin Of A Mandarindir. Jaanika Arum
Fiction, 2022, 17’ (TBC)
A sensitive story about ingrained traditions and grief follows young woman Anna, who wants to say goodbye to her mother by dressing the body for the funeral. But this act is prohibited by the funeral home rules. The film delicately explores a world in which bureaucracy, differing worldviews and divergent social norms are overcome by the empathy between strangers struggling within a complex situation.
Please note that this screening is a Work in Progress.
(Pitched at Euro Connection 2021, World Premiere still available as of 01/2022)
Contact: Kartuliõis OÜ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Can’t Help MyselfDir. Anna Ansone
Live Action, dramedy, 2022, 18'
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, email@example.com
Mirage Formula | Mirāžas formulaDir. Rasa Pavilona
Animation, 2021, 1'40''
Race cars stir hot air on a scorching race track, morphing familiar shapes into ill omens. The apparent mirages reveal processes in the human psyche and their symbiosis with the material world through symbols, but their collision is inevitable.
Contacts: Art Academy of Latvia, firstname.lastname@example.org
Resistance is FutileDir. Armands Začs
Live Action, 2022, 15’
Two young men come to visit their friend, who, after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, spends his daily life in a remote country house. Spending a seemingly peaceful day together, the two young friends leave their friend with the hope that he will recover soon.
Contacts: Alise Gelze, White Picture, email@example.com
Drought | Sausradir. Urtė Sabutytė
Fiction, 2022, 14’
The storyline of the film develops over the span of two days.Coming back home after a night out, a young woman decides to call a taxi and drives to the forest. The encounter with nature compels the woman to shed different parts of herself - her clothes, her emotions, her fatigue. At the same time it evokes the feelings of newly found strength and peace. As the storyline progresses, the reason for the woman's escape to nature is revealed - it was a prolonged break up. The escape marks the ending of one chapter of life and the beginning of a new one.
(International Premiere still available as of 01/2022)
Contacts: Ruta Jekentaite, Baltic Productions, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Time | Paskutinis kartasDir. Rinaldas Tomasevicius
Fiction, 2022, 18’
I am Rinaldas Tomasevicius, 40 years old, a student of video directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. I myself lived in the streets for several years. Just 8 years ago, I buried all that hell out of it as a guy similar to my destiny helped me. Therefore, I am very attracted to the themes of the outlying people. One of my goals in life is to help them.
Contacts: Lineta Lasiauskaitė, email@example.com