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Baltic Shorts Residency

Baltic Shorts Residency is a new initiative of Lithuanian Short Film Agency that started in 2019. It is a three-weeks short film script development residency program dedicated to the filmmakers from Baltic countries who are willing to dive deep into the writing process along with professional consultations. Its purpose is to give a selected scriptwriter or director the opportunity to be mentored by a script consultant and deliver a fully finished script of the short film. After this residency program participant is committed to apply to Baltic Pitching Forum.

Eligible applicants – Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian film directors and scriptwriters who have finished at least one short film project and are developing new project which is fiction/animation up to 30 minutes and aimed at international audience.

Baltic Shorts Residency 2020 took place on 1-19 of June in Kintai (Lithuania). Regulations: here.

Call for applications to the 3rd edition of Baltic Shorts Residency will start early in the spring of 2021.

The main sponsor of the project is Lithuanian Council for Culture. Partners: Kintai Arts, Estonian Short Film Centre, PÖFF Shorts | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Riga International Film Festival, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS.

Baltic Shorts Residency 2019

Over more than 30 applications were submitted to the first edition of Baltic Shorts Residency. Selected was Estonian fiction film  project “The Lesson” (new title – “Jungle. Law”) written and directed by Madli Lääne.

A story of the project is based on the real facts happened in Estonia few years ago. It will talk about a group of teenagers and their humiliating behaviour toward young innocent girl. “I am interested in the borderline moments, where the situation gets out of the hands of the teenagers, mainly because of their lack of the life experience and self confidence,” – said Madli Lääne.

The “Baltic Shorts Residency” took place on June 3-21 at “Kintai Arts” artspace (Lithuania). During three-weeks residency period Madli Lääne had script consultations – several online sessions and one intensive script workshop at the residency location – with the creative advisor Wim Vanacker. He works in the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival and as a script consultant, tutor and guest speaker at different international film industry events. W. Vanacker also worked as the Head of the Script Department of the European co-production forum “European Short Pitch”.

Baltic Shorts Residency 2019 regulations

Baltic Shorts Residency 2020

Three Baltic filmmakers were selected to participate at the 2nd edition of Baltic Shorts Residency. Filmmaker from Latvia Raitis Abele (project “Tool”), Lithuanian emerging film director Jorūnė Greičiūtė (project “The Trip”) and Estonian scriptwriter Jaanika Arum (project “Skin of a Mandarin”) were chosen over more than 30 received applications.

Latvian filmmaker Raitis Abele was selected for his short animation project “Tool” which tells a mysterious story moving the viewers to the 16th-18th centuries and Latvian lands — Courland’s Duke Gotthard brings a box with a secret plant that is thought to have therapeutic powers to treat infertility. It is planned to use a mix of 2D, classical animation and rotoscoping techniques in the production of Raitis’ short film. R. Abele has studied filmmaking at New York Film Academy and also obtained Master’s degree as a clinical psychologist at University of Latvia. Mostly he works together with his brothers Lauris Abele (also a director) and Marcis Abele (d.o.p.) as a trio. Most recent works are historical docudrama “Baltic Tribes | Last Pagans of Europe” and psychedelic cinema trip a dramedy “Troubled Minds” (to be released late 2020).

An emerging film director from Lithuania Jorūnė Greičiūtė came to the residency with the short fiction project “The Trip”. It tells a story about a young couple traveling the foreign roads to a seminar of a famous relationship guru but suddenly after a night in the middle of nowhere their car disappears. J. Greičiūtė studied Philosophy at Vilnius University from 2009 to 2013. After these studies Jorūnė started working in the film industry on various international and Lithuanian projects as a costume continuity person. From 2016 she started working as a script supervisor and in 2018 started MA studies in Film Directing at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Estonian scriptwriter Jaanika Arum passed the selection applying with a short film project “Skin of a Mandarin”. It is a sensitive story about ingrained traditions and beliefs through a world of a young Orthodox woman, whose mother has freshly passed away. Jannika Arum graduated Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as an actress. She has a variety of experiences playing both, in films and theatres. For a wider audience she is mostly known for her work in films: “Free Range” by Veiko Õunpuu, “Polarboy” by Anu Aun, “Days that confused” by Triin Ruumet. She has also created two solo performances: “Falling. Together. Moment” (Tartu New Theatre, 2015), “Betweenspace” (Von Krahl, 2017). She has collaborated with different international and local artists for video and room installations.

Baltic Shorts Residency 2020 took place on 1-19 of June in Kintai (Lithuania). Selected participants had online script consultations with creative advisor Wim Vanacker. From 2019, W. Vanacker works in the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, he also works as a script consultant, tutor and guest speaker at different international film industry events. 

Baltic Shorts Residency 2020 regulations: here.

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