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FROST / ŠERKŠNAS

Drama / War, D: Šarūnas Bartas, 120′, LT/FR/UA/PL, 2017

Director: Šarūnas Bartas
Screenwriter: Šarūnas Bartas, Anna Cohen-Yanay
Editor: Dounia Sichov
Director of Photography: Eitvydas Diskus
Composer: Pawel Mykietyn
Sound designers: Aline Huber, Nicolas D’Halluin, Benoît Gargonne, Jean-Guy Véran
Set design: Oleg Dorychenko
Production: Studija Kinema, KinoElektron, Reborn Production, Insightmedia Ltd/Tato Film, Donten&Lacroix, KNM
Co-production: Reborn Production
Contact: Luxbox / info@luxboxfilms.com
Main Actors: Mantas Jančiauskas, Lyja Maknavičiūtė , Vanessa Paradis, Andrzej Chyra

Rokas and Inga, a young Lithuanian couple, volunteer to drive a cargo van with aid to Ukraine. When plans change and they find themselves left to their own devices, they go deeper into Donbass region, drifting into the lives of those affected by the war.

Awards:
Academy Award 2017 – Official Lithuanian candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film

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SENECA’S DAY / SENEKOS DIENA

Drama / Romance, D: Kristijonas Vildžiūnas, 106′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter: Kristijonas Vildžiūnas
Director of Photography: Audrius Kemežys
Editor: Danielius Kokanauskis
Art Director: Galius Kličius
Producers: Uljana Kim
Production: Studio Uljana Kim
Contact: Studio Uljana Kim / kim@lfc.lt
Cast: Dainius Gavenonis, Elžbieta Latėnaitė, Marijus Mažūnas, Ina Marija Bartaitė, Pranciškus Brazdžiūnas, Arūnas Storpirštis, Arūnas Sakalauskas, Vesta Grabštaitė

It’s 1989, the final year of the Soviet era in Vilnius. A few 18 year-olds establish the Seneca Society. A love triangle breaks up the fellowship right when they feel the most united. 25 years have passed and only disillusionment is left.

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2017 – Best Artwork

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THE SAINT / ŠVENTASIS

Drama, D: Andrius Blaževičius, 96′, LT/PL, 2016

Director:  Andrius Blaževičius
Screenwriter: Andrius Blaževičius, Marija Kavtaradzė, Teklė Kavtaradzė
Director of Photography: Linas Dabriška
Editor: Silvija Vilkaitė
Composer: Vytautas Rasimavičius
Producer: Marija Razgutė / m-films
Contact: m-films / marija@m-films.lt
Cast: Marius Repšys, Indrė Patkauskaitė, Gelminė Glemžaitė, Valentinas Krulikovskis, Lukas Malinauskas

A Lithuanian provincial town is facing an economic crisis in 2008. Vytas, a father of two and a loving husband, gets fired from the factory. Immediately he starts looking for a new job, but slowly drifts into the limbo of unemployment where he faces his personal crisis.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT:
Financial crisis – compared to other personal crises in life – is nothing. My intent was to make a film about a man who is looking for ways to overcome all the obstacles in his life, or in other words, learns how to act as a responsible grown-up man.

Awards:
Minsk IFF Listapad, 2016 –  Special Jury Mention
Vilnius IFF Kino pavasaris –  Best Actor
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2017 –  Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress: Gelminė Glemžaitė, Best Supporting Actor: Valentinas Krulikovskis

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TOGETHER FOR EVER / AMŽINAI KARTU

Family Drama, D: Lina Lužytė, 98′, LT/RO, 2016

Director / Screenwriter: Lina Lužytė
Director of Photography: Oleg Mutu
Editor: Benjamin Mirguet, Lina Lužytė, Stefan Tatu
Composer: Jonas Jurkūnas
Producer: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė / Just a Moment
Co-production: Alien Films
Contact: Just a Moment / dagne@justamoment.lt
Cast: Gabija Jaraminaitė, Dainius Gavenonis, Elia Grybinaitė, Giedrius Savickas, Rasa Samuolytė

A family of three seems idyllic from the outside. The mother knows exactly how a perfect family should be, so she takes control and fixes everything and everyone. In her vision, there is no place for unhappy people, nor weakness.

Awards:
Vienna LET’S CEE IFF 2017 – Jury’s Special Mention
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2017 – Best Actress

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SHORT FILM COMPETITION

A FRIEND WITHIN / VIDINIS DRAUGAS

Comedy / Drama, D: Tadas Vidmantas, 11′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter: Tadas Vidmantas
Director of Photography: Ronaldas Buožis
Producers: Monika Gelažnikaitė
Production: Sleepthinker
Contact: Tadas Vidmantas
Cast: Mark Sweeney, Owyn Stephens, Fraser Burrows, Tom Bonington, Danielle Stagg, Lina Vidmantė

Young, overworked web programmer Mark starts hearing a voice in his head. Naturally he tries to get rid of it, but this voice has different plans for him.

A FRIEND WITHIN / VIDINIS DRAUGAS

Comedy / Drama, D: Tadas Vidmantas, 11′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter: Tadas Vidmantas
Director of Photography: Ronaldas Buožis
Producers: Monika Gelažnikaitė
Production: Sleepthinker
Contact: Tadas Vidmantas
Cast: Mark Sweeney, Owyn Stephens, Fraser Burrows, Tom Bonington, Danielle Stagg, Lina Vidmantė

Young, overworked web programmer Mark starts hearing a voice in his head. Naturally he tries to get rid of it, but this voice has different plans for him.

ALL IS NATURE / VISKAS YRA GAMTA

Drama, D: Gerda Krutaja, 20′, LT, 2016

Director: Gerda Krutaja
Screenwriter: Dangiras Bugas
Director of Photography: Eitvydas Doškus
Editor: Ieva Veiverytė
Music Composer: Matas Labasauskas
Producers: Jurga Dikčiuvienė
Production: Kinema
Contact: Kinema / Jurga Dikčiuvienė
Cast: Vytautas Anužis, Gražina Baikštytė

One of those characters in one of those Eastern European towns and their neighborhoods. This regular Man yet has a secret mission – a personal quest against Nature.

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BLUEBEARD/ MĖLYNBARZDIS

Animation / Fantasy, D: Giedrė Narušytė Boots, 4′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter / Art Director: Giedrė Narušytė Boots
Producer: Rasa Miškinytė
Production: ERA FILMS, KASK School of Arts Gent
Contact: Giedrė Narušytė Boots

A forbidden door in Bluebeard’s castle can only be opened with a bloody key. What dark secrets are kept there? Interpretation of a fairy-tale Bluebeard, described in Clarissa Pinkola Estés’s book Women Who Run with the Wolves.

CONVERSATIONS / POKALBIAI

Animation, D: Emilija Juzeliūnaitė, 3′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter / Director of Photography / Editor / Music Composer / Art Director: Emilija Juzeliūnaitė
Production: Vilnius Art Academy
Contact: Emilija Juzeliūnaitė

A study of various non-verbal conversations between people, the rituals and quirkiness of everyday interactions.

COSMIC RABBIT / KOSMINIS TRIUŠIS

Drama / Romance, D: Vismantė Ruzgaitė, 17′, LT, 2016

Director: Vismantė Ruzgaitė, Simona Ruočkutė
Director of Photography / Editor: Vismantė Ruzgaitė
Screenwriter: Simona Ruočkutė
Sound Designer: Džiugas Antulis
Production Designers: Emilys Šilys, Dovilė Gecaitė
Producers: Monika Daukšaitė
Production: LMTA
Contact: Vismantė Ruzgaitė
Cast: Paulina Taujanskaitė, Rokas Misikonis

He leaves – she stays. Just a few hours of the film characters’ life reveals us a complicated path of separation of two each other loving people.

DAS AUTO / DAS AUTO

Drama / Relationship / Crime, D: Silvestras Polinauskas, 17′, LT, 2017

Director: Silvestras Polinauskas
Director of Photography: Zbigniev Bartoševič
Editor: Silvestras Polinauskas, Zbigniev Bartoševič
Sound Designers: Paulius Bučius
Producers: Pavel Michailovski
Contact: Pavel Michailovski / p.michalovski@gmail.com
Cast: Laurynas Jurgelis, Eglė Ancevičiūtė

Lena and Vytas are constantly broke and always fighting about it. One day they get a hold of an expensive car and decide to experience the comfort of the luxurious life style.

Director‘s Statement:
All my life I‘ve felt that my days are being spent for nothing, that life is going on in places that I‘m not present. Sometimes I imagine myself truly living to the fullest, but that vision always ends in darkness. I begin to realize that it‘s not the end goal that should matter, but the journey itself. DAS AUTO,  on the other hand, symbolizes the end.

DOWNFALL / NUOPUOLIS

Puppet Animation, D: Urtė Oettinger, Johan Oettinger 8′, LT/DE, 2016

Directors / Screenwriters: Urtė Oettinger, Johan Oettinger
Director of Photography: Johan Oettinger
Editor: Johan Oettinger
Composer: Nicolas Vetterli
Production: Art shot, WiredFly
Producer: Agnė Adomėnė, Johan Oettinger
Contact: Art shot / agne@artshot.lt

During his last journey, the Eagle must face a battle between good and evil as well as the temptation to give up.

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2016 – Best Animated Film
Finland FF Blue Sea 2017 – Mention of Honor

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I’M NOT FROM HERE / ČIA AŠ TIK SVEČIAS

Documentary, D: Maite Alberdi, Giedrė Žickytė, 26′, CL/LT, 2016

Directors: Maite Alberdi, Giedrė Žickytė
Screenwriters: Maite Alberdi, Giedrė Žickytė
Director of Photography: Pablo Valdes
Editor: Juan Eduardo Murillo
Sound Designers: Mauricio Lopez
Producers: Patricio Gajardo, Maite Alberdi, Giedrė Žickytė
Production: Micromundo Producciones, Moonmakers
Contact: Micromundo Producciones / pato.r.gajardo@gmail.com

Day after day, an elderly woman recalls the Spanish Basque country of her youth, oblivious that she is consigned to a retirement home in Chile.

Awards:
Madrid Documentary FF Dokumentamadrid 2017 – Best Short Film Audience Award
Vision de Réel IFF 2016 – Best Short Film

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LION / LION

Mystery / Music Video, D: Justas Ramanauskas, 8′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter: Justas Ramanauskas
Director of Photography: Feliksas Abrukauskas
Editor: Kostas Radlinskas, Jonė Zakaraitė
Music Composer: Beissoul & Einius
Sound Designers: Sigitas Kondratas
Art Director: Gediminas Gerulis
Producers: Dmitrij Radin, Monika Malinauskaitė, Milda Vaičiūnaitė
Production: Legal Guns
Contact: Justas Ramanauskas / www.justasramanauskas.com
Cast: Žana Gončar, Edward Saszko, Valentin Kirejev, Tomas Šečkus, Jelena Jusčenko

Three strangers with incurable diseases are driven to a remote countryside. The bizarre journey will change their lives forever. The official music video for Beissoul & Einius.

NIGHT HAS A DAY OFF / PONO NAKTIES LAISVADIENIS

Animation/ Fantasy, D: Ignas Meilūnas, 2′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter / Producers: Ignas Meilūnas
Music Composer: Marius Meilūnas
Sound Designers: Kipras Dominas
Contact: Ignas Meilūnas

What happpens when the Night gets a day off?

NOBODY LOVES ME LIKE YOU / NOBODY LOVES ME LIKE YOU

Drama / Romance / Music video, D: Saulius Baradinskas, 9′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter / Editor: Saulius Baradinskas
Director of Photography: Vytautas Katkus
Music: Low Roar
Sound Designers: Aivaras Žydelis
Art Director: Stanislovas Marmokas
Producers: Stasys Baltakis, Scarlett May, Justinas Piliponis, Viktorija Seniut, Laura Ūsaitė
Cast: Aistė Diržiūtė, Paulius Markevičius 

Lithuania in the 50s. Their love is stronger than their life – when Joseph, a partisan, attempts to return to Anne, the love of his life, he faces a fatal ambush. The film is based on a true story.

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ROOMMATES / KAMBARIOKAI

Comedy / Crime, D: Titas Laucius, 7′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter: Titas Laucius
Director of Photography: Vytautas Katkus
Production designer Vladas Dautartas
Producers: Klementina Remeikaitė
Production: After school
Contact: After school / k.remeikaite@gmail.com
Cast: Danas Kamarauskas, Artūras Dubaka, Rimantas Šavelis

A calm night in a hospital ward turns into an endless nightmare when a patient in a coma suddenly starts to snore. The other patients must either accept this eternal purgatory or join forces.

Awards:
Porto Film School IFF 2017 – Special Jury Award

RUNNING LIGHTS / KAUKAI

Animation / Fairy-Tale, D: Gediminas Šaulys, 11′, LT, 2017

Director: Gediminas Šiaulys
Screenwriters: Gediminas Šiaulys, Andrius Kirvela
Director of Photography: Darius Petrulaitis
Editor: Ieva Veiverytė
Music: Fusedmarc, Eglė Sirvydytė, Jurga Šeduikytė, Mixtapeclub
Production: PetPunk
Producer: Miglė Pelakauskė
Contact: PetPunk / migle@petpunk.com

A fairy-tale about the eternal miracle of life and death. The wild hare dies and his life fades away, but it is magically reborn in the plants and animals around.

Awards:
Lithuanian Film Awards Silver Crane 2017 – Best Animation, Best Soundtrack
Vilnius IFF Kino pavasaris 2017 – Best Short Film Audience Award
Brooklyn FF Animation Block Party 2017 – Best Original Design

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THE CAMEL / KUPRANUGARIS

Kafkaesque-Drama, D: Laurynas Bareiša, 14′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter / Editor: Laurynas Bareiša
Directors of Photography: Martynas Norvaišas, Vytautas Katkus
Sound designer: Iveta Macevičiutė
Producer: Klementina Remeikaitė / Afterschool
Contact: Afterschool
Cast: Paulius Markevičius, Indrė Patkauskaitė

A camel dies in a local zoo. Zoo keepers Paulius and Indrė spot the dead animal and try to dispose of it. It turns out to be a much harder task than they have imagined.

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THE FISH OF MY LIFE / MANO GYVENIMO ŽUVIS

Drama / Comedy / Horror, D: Julius Sičiūnas, 5′, LT, 2015

Director / Director of Photography: Julius Sičiūnas
Screenwriter: Julius Sičiūnas, Andrius Baltrušiūnas
Sound designer: Julius Grigelionis
Producer / Contact: Dagnė Puodžiūnaitė
Cast: Darius Miniotas, Edita Zizaitė

An elderly couple lives in a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere burdened by routine. He’s grim, she’s disillusioned; and every day they have pancakes. Otherwise, there’s silence. Based on a true story.

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THE RAP OF LITHUANIAN HISTORY / LIETUVOS ISTORIJOS REPAS

Animation / Music video, D: Aistė Papartytė, Andrius Alčiauskas, Lukas Šidlauskas, 6′, LT, 2016

Directors: Aistė Papartytė, Andrius Alčiauskas, Lukas Šidlauskas
Editor: Eugenijus Konstantinovas
Music: Šventinis Bankuchenas
Producer: Lukas ŠIdlauskas
Animator: Andrius Alčiauskas.
Contact: Lukas Šidlauskas

Lithuanian history –  from the roots to our days – in rap rhyme of Šventinis Bankuchenas.

Awards:
Vilnius IFF Kino pavasaris 2017 – Best Music Video Audience Award,  Unique Vision Jury Award
Klipvid Competition 2017 – 2nd place
Lithuanian music awards M.A.M.A. 2016 – Best Music video & Best SongLOGIN conference – Viral Video 2016
Riga IFF – Special Mention
LIJOT awards 2016
Boating Knots awards of the National Defense System

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THE ROOTS ARE BITTER / ŠAKNYS KARČIOS

Comedy / Relationship Drama, D: Domas Petronis, 17′, LT, 2016

Director / Screenwriter / Editor: Domas Petronis
Director of Photography: Zbigniev Bartoševič
Music Composer: Ariel Pink
Sound Designers: Gabrielė Griciūtė, Neringa Raudoniūtė
Art Director: Dravis Kavaliauskas
Producers: Giedrė Burokaitė, Paulius Michalovskis
Contact: Giedrė Burokaitė
Cast: Justina Nemanytė, Darius Meškauskas, Giedrius Kiela 

A couple is desperately trying to conceive a baby. Unfortunately, Vytas is infertile. They look for solutions till their methods get too bizarre, just to unveil their relationship issues.

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THE SHOE / BATAS

Comedy / Relationship Drama, D: Airidas Janušauskas, 8′, LT, 2016

Director: Airidas Janušauskas
Screenwriters: Airidas Janušauskas, Miglė Križinauskaitė-Bernotienė
Director of Photography / Editor: Evaldas Arlauskas
Production Designer: Živilė Minkutė
Costume Designer: Rūta Lendraitytė
Composer: Audrius Černiauskas
Producer: Avelina Markevičiūtė
Contact: Avelina Markevičiūtė
Cast: Nojus Matkevičius, Miglė Rudminaitė, Darius Meškauskas

Love can be challenging. First love can require extraordinary skills. However, there must be a way  to satisfy the whims of the beloved Valentina.

 

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TOO GOOD FOR HOLLYWOOD / HOLIVUDAS PASIŪLĖ PER MAŽAI

Documentary / Portrait, D: Rimantas Oičenka, 26′, LT, 2017

Director: Rimantas Oičenka
Screenwriters: Rimantas Oičenka, Romanas Muravjovas
Director of Photography: Rimantas Oičenka, Romanas Muravjovas
Editor: Mikas Žukauskas, Rimantas Oičenka
Composer: Gediminas Jakubka
Production: Studija Kinema
Producers: Jurga Dikčiuvienė, Rimantas Oičenka
Contact: Rimantas Oičenka

Valdemaras Isoda has been hooked on cinema since he was five. This addiction never went away. Embracing it, he runs a niche cinema in Vilnius – to cultivate the taste for fine cinema.

Awards:
European FF Go Debut 2017 –  Best Lithuanian Debut Short Film

TREASURE / LOBIS

Drama, D: Martynas Valius, 30′, LT, 2017

Director / Editor: Martynas Valius
Director of Photography: Ugnius Tuleikis
Composer: Pranciškus Brazdžiūnas
Producers: Eglė Zdanavičiūtė, Unė Liandzbergytė
Contact: Unė Liandzbergytė
Cast: Aurimas MeliešIus, Matas Dovydėnas, Danas Kavaliauskas, Darius Auželis, Elzė Gudavičiūtė, Domas Raibys

30-year-old Jeronimas can not find much to live for. One day he spots a clue leading to a treasure of his childhood friend. One sometimes must make up a fairy-tale so that things move forward.

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WATCHKEEPING / BUDĖJIMAS

Drama, D: Karolis Kaupinis, 15′, LT/BE, 2017

Director / Screenwriter: Karolis Kaupinis
Director of Photography: Simonas Glinskis
Editor: Ieva Veiverytė
Composer: Julius Grigelionis
Production Designer: Aurimas Akšys
Producer: Marija Razgutė
Productions: m-Films
Co-production: Sireal Films
Contact: m-Films / marija@m-films.lt
Cast: Donatas Želvys, Darius Meškauskas, Šarūnas Puidokas, Dovilė Šilkaitytė

During a hot summer, father and son spend the last days at the hospital with the terminally-ill mother. The two men would do everything not to face the reality.

WHERE THINGS, WHERE PEOPLE DISAPPEAR / KUR DINGSTA DAIKTAI, KUR DINGSTA ŽMONĖS

Drama / Romance, D: Jorė Janavičiūtė, 23′, LT, 2017

Director / Screenwriter / Producers: Jorė Janavičiūtė
Director of Photography: Zbigniev Bartoševič
Editor: Urtė Aškelovičiūtė
Sound Designers: Paulius Ivanauskas, Kipras Dominas
Contact: Jorė Janavičiūtė / jore.janaviciute@gmail.com
Cast: Justina Nemanytė, Laurynas Jurgelis

Domas works at a sports club, Simona is a doctor. They meet at his work when her purse gets stolen. He helps her to look for her things, and they set on a journey through the night in Vilnius.

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