VILNIUS: This year the European Film Forum Scanorama, which took place in Vilnius 7 - 17 November 2019, extended its competition programme to cover the whole Baltic sea region. A total of 19 films from 9 countries, including Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Germany, competed in the New Baltic Cinema competition.
The winning films were chosen by an international jury consisting of Linde Fröhlich, Nerina T. Kocjančič (Slovenia), Ruth Lev Ari, Jakob Berg and Miroljub Vučković (Serbia).
The first prize went to the Danish short A Treatise of the Human Animal no. 38: Heartache by director Jacob Møller, a short feature about the human being and its eternal tendency to have its heart broken. The winning film received a prize worth 5,000 EUR.
The New Baltic Cinema short film competition jury selected One Life / Vienas gyvenimas by director Marija Stonytė as the best Lithuanian short film. The film reveals the fragility of life through the story of a butterfly. The film was produced by Moon Makers. The director Marija Stonytė received a prize of 3,000 EUR, supported by the Audiovisual Authors and Producers Rights Association “AVAKA”.
The Special Jury mentions went to the Estonian short Winter in the Rainforest directed by Anu-Laura Tuttelberg and the Polish short In a Lion directed by Karol Lindholm and produced by Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association.
Scanorama will move on to three more cities in Lithuania, running through 24 November.
Scanorama New Baltic Cinema Short Film Competition Winners:
Best Short Film:A Treatise of the Human Animal no. 38: Heartache (Denmark)Directed by Jacob Møller
Best Lithuanian short film:One Life (Lithuania)Directed by Marija Stonytė
Specia Jury mentions:
Winter in the Rainforest (Lithuania, Estonia)Directed by Anu-Laura Tuttelberg
In a Lion (Poland)Directed by Karol Lindholm