Baltic Shorts Residency 2020 announces selection
The second edition of the Baltic short film script development residency announces its official selection — three short film projects from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be developed over three weeks in June, in Lithuanian town of Kintai.
The selected participants — a 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.
The selected participants will have online script consultations with creative advisor Wim Vanacker (France) working in the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival since 2019. Vanacker also works as a script consultant, tutor and guest speaker at different international film industry events.
Estonian scriptwriter Jaanika Arum passed the selection of this year’s Baltic Shorts Residency 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. Jaanika Arum graduated Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre as an actress. She is mostly known for her work in films “Free Range” (dir. Veiko Õunpuu), “Polarboy” (dir. Anu Aun) and “Days That Confused” (dir Triin Ruumet). She has also created two solo performances: “Falling. Together. Moment” (Tartu New Theatre, 2015), “Betweenspace” (Von Krahl, 2017).
Latvian filmmaker Raitis Abele (“Baltic Tribes: Last Pagans of Europe”, 2018) was selected for the “Baltic Shorts Residency” 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 roto-scoping techniques in the production of Raitis’ short film.
An emerging film director from Lithuania Jorūnė Greičiūtė will come to the residency with the short fiction project “The Trip”. This film will talk 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. Greičiūtė has been working as a script supervisor since 2016 and in 2018 started MA studies in Film Directing at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
The Baltic Shorts Residency is a short film script development program dedicated to filmmakers from the Baltic countries who want to undertake an intense writing process whilst receiving professional consultation with a view to producing a fully finished script of the short film.
The residency is organised by Lithuanian Short Film Agency Lithuanian Shorts and supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture. Partners include Estonian Short Film Centre ShortEst, PÖFF Shorts (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival), Riga International Film Festival, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS, Kintai Arts Residence.