FNE at Scanorama: Lithuania Wins Scanorama New Baltic Cinema Short Film Competition

    Brigdes by Austeja Urbaite Brigdes by Austeja Urbaite

    VILNIUS: The Lithuanian short Bridges (2015) by director Austėja Urbaitė won the best film prize in the New Baltic Cinema competition of the Scanorama film festival which concluded in Vilnius on 15 November 2015.

    The 26 minute story about the attempts to find the bridges between different people received a prize worth 10,000 EUR in equipment for the next project. The prize was supported by Vilniaus Kino Klasteris. Five Lithuanian shorts, six Estonian shorts and three Latvian shorts competed.

    The New Baltic Cinema short film competition jury also elected Bridges as the best Lithuanian short film. The director received a prize of 3,000 EUR, supported by the Audiovisual Authors and Producers Rights Association AVAKA.

    Special jury mentions went to Latvian short Pa Pa, directed by Valērijs Oļehno and produced by Antra Cilinska; and Estonian short The One, directed by Ivan Pavljutskov and produced by Elari Lend.

    The festival moves on to three more cities in Lithuania, running through 22 November.

    Best Short Film and Best Lithuanian short film:

    Bridges (Lithuania)
    Directed by Austėja Urbaitė
    Produced by Lina Murinaitė