BPF 2021 - Lectures


Public events are free of charge and open to the audience.
ON-SITE VENUE: National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos pr. 22, Vilnius).
ONLINE events will be live-streamed via YOUTUBE.

Both on-site and online events will be accessible only to the registered people.



**COVID-19 Measures**

We will guarantee access to the BPF on-site events only to those that can show the COVID certificate (full vaccination, recovery or negative PCR test valid for 48 hours).



7th OCTOBER 9:30-11:30 (UTC+3)

The better you know your project, the easier it is to talk about it. The lecture will focus on pitching as part of the project development: how you will discover the most interesting elements for your pitch, how to put the relevant information together and how to share your creativity with a professional audience.

In collaboration with Creative Europe MEDIA Desk Lithuania.


Speaker | Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

Gabriele Brunnenmeyer is a script mentor, project consultant, and pitching coach. She has been an artistic advisor for the Maia Workshops, consultant for Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, developing events including Connecting Cottbus, IDM Film Conference Incontri, and currently MDM’s Meet Your Neighbour in Leipzig. Alongside consulting on script development, packaging, and pitching for individual projects, she consults for the First Films First script development programme, MIDPOINT Feature Launch, Midpoint Shorts, interfilm Script Pitch, Berlinale and Sarajevo Talents, Baltic Pitching Forum, Euro Connection, FilmProSeriesEA, Cannes Court Métrage among many others.

MEDIA 2021-2027: What's in there for shorts?*

9th OCTOBER 14:00 – 14:30 (UTC+3)

This year the new Creative Europe programme has launched and presented new opportunities for culture and creative sectors in Europe. Austėja Milvydaitė, Head of MEDIA Office at Creative Europe Desk Lithuania, will give a short overwiew of the new structure of MEDIA strand, present its clusters and what is in there for the short film community.


*Lecture will be held in-site and live-streamed via YOUTUBE.

Speaker | Austėja Milvydaitė

After graduating in Political Science from Vilnius University and gaining experience in audiovisual sector working freelance at film festivals and production companies, Austėja Milvydaitė decided to pursue career in cultural policy field and since 2018 works as the Head of MEDIA Office at Creative Europe Desk Lithuania, established in Lithuanian Film Centre under the Ministry of Culture.

Besides representing Creative Europe MEDIA strand in Lithuania, Austėja manages and is a member of the film classification commission which is responsible for rating and setting age restrictions on all films distributed in Lithuania. Apart from work, she is currently pursuing master‘s degree in Comparative Cultural Studies.

Short Film Sales and Distribution Mechanisms*

9th  OCTOBER 14:30 – 16:00 (UTC+3)

How to get all of that hard work and money where it should belong – in front of an audience? Sale agents and distributors are one of those bridges, across which, short films can reach their own audience. This presentation will try to touch all aspects of what a sales agent / distributor can do for a film. And this will include the case studies of previous Radiator IP Sales films to explain the bridge that can be created to go from a short to a feature and everything in between this.

In order to make this talk more interactive, there will be time for the participants to ask their questions.

In collaboration with Creative Europe MEDIA Desk Lithuania.


*Lecture will be held in-site and live-streamed via YOUTUBE.

Speaker | Ben Vandendaele

Versatile producer, sales agent and distributor. He’s based in Brussels where he studied film editing at the Rits School of Arts. He is the founder of two companies: the production company Bekke Films and Radiator IP Sales with which he represents, distributes and sells a total of 100 short films and several feature films to date. The films have been selected and awarded at multiple international film festivals, including Berlinale, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand, Sundance, SXSW, Locarno, Venice, and others. Alumni from Berlinale Talents, Zurich Masterclass and member of European Film Academy.

Anatomy of Festival Programming - the Nordic and Baltic Landscape*

9th  OCTOBER 16:15 – 17:45 (UTC+3)

The specifics of how a festival actually puts it’s programme together is perhaps one of the most mysterious aspects of how said festivals work – especially for those filmmakers who submit their films. 

In this panel event, representatives of key international short film festivals from the Nordic and Baltic regions will share vital information on how the programme comes together at their respective events. 

For those interested in entering the world of festival programming, it will be a vital event while filmmakers will gain valuable insight into the practicalities and politics of festival programming

This event is organized in collaboration with Nordic-Baltic Shorts Network.

Per Fikse, Minimalen Short Film Festival (Norway)
Sigrid Hadenius, Uppsala Short Film Festival (Sweden)
Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Tampere Film Festival (Finland)
Laurence Boyce, PÖFF Shorts (Estonia)
Rimante Daugelaite, Vilnius International Short Film Festival (Lithuania)
Anna Zača, Riga International Film Festival (Latvia)


*Panel discussion will be held in-site and live-streamed via YOUTUBE.