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.
The second edition of Baltic Shorts Residency will take place on 1-19 of June, 2020, at Kintai (Lithuania). Regulations: here. Registration form: here. Deadline for short film treatments or first script drafts – 22nd of April, 2020.
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”.