BPF 2022 - Lectures


All events are open to everyone with no pre-registration (except for watching Pitching Sessions online).
VENUE: National Gallery of Art (Konstitucijos pr. 22, Vilnius).


5th OCTOBER 14:00 – 15:30 (UTC+3)

The better you know your project, the easier it is to talk about it. The lecture will focus on the central elements of a convincing pitch: the preparation as well as the structure of a presentation that resonates with your audience.

Speaker | Gabriele Brunnenmeyer

Gabriele Brunnenmeyer is a script mentor, project consultant and pitching coach. Gabriele was running the MEDIA Antenna Berlin-Brandenburg, has been an artistic advisor for the Maia Workshops, 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 works on a regular basis with various international training programs, markets and industry events such as First Films First, HerArts FilmLab, Midpoint Feature Launch, Baltic Pitching Forum, Cannes Court Métrage, Euro Connection Clermont- Ferrand, Berlinale Talents and Sarajevo Talents among others.

Sustainable Film Production: a Short Film Guide To Rethink Your Workflow

6th OCTOBER 14:00 – 15:30 (UTC+3)

The lecture will explore current normative frameworks and concrete steps to implement sustainable production practices from development ‘to wrap and post-production. With almost 10 years of experience in sustainable processes, suppliers networks and certifications, EcoMuvi will bring skills and case studies to the table during this interactive and informative event.

Speaker | Ludovica Chiarini

Ludovica Chiarini has been working as a sustainability manager on film sets for several years while researching and fostering the implementation of sustainable practices, tech and policies among film institutions and the industry. Consolidating her path as project manager for EcoMuvi, she is responsible for the protocol’s most recent upgrade and application on various features and audiovisual projects.

TV and Short Films: Case Yle

6th OCTOBER 15:45 – 17:00 (UTC+3)

Why shorts on TV? What do you need to know about approaching TV buyers? In the Case Yle you will hear some truths about TV channels and their own strategies for short films (if they show any!).

Speaker | Sari Volanen

Sari Volanen is a commissioning editor at Yle (Finnish Broadcasting company). She works at Yle’s  Film Team producing short films mainly with Finnish independent filmmakers and producers.  She is in charge of a strand called “New Cinema” on Yle Teema channel. The main focus of New Cinema is on cinematic, surprising, original and quirky short films. The films in the strand are acquired through co-productions (main producer Finnish), prebuys (international) and acquisitions.

European Short Film Markets: What’s in There?

6th OCTOBER 17:00- 18:00 (UTC+3)

There is a number of European marketplaces available for co-productions, sales, and acquisitions of short films. But how can those in the short film world best navigate these essential markets? This presentation will explore the ecosystem of the leading European short film markets and will prove invaluable for those wanting to know more about their benefits for filmmakers.

Julie Rousson, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market (France)
Eugenie Bottereau, Talents and Short Film Market (Italy)
Camille Hebert Benazet, Cannes Court Metrage (France)
Amos Geva, T-Port Online Short Film Market (Germany)

Creative Europe MEDIA: Opportunities for Short Filmmaker

8th OCTOBER 14:00- 14:15 (UTC+3)

MEDIA strand of the Creative Europe programme provides European filmmakers and other audiovisual industry professionals with a variety of opportunities ranging from direct funding of their projects to training initiatives and more. Austėja Milvydaitė, Head of MEDIA Office at Creative Europe Desk Lithuania, will give a short overview of what is relevant for the short film community and emerging filmmakers: how to get their first commercial film funded, which markets and festivals they should attend and what kind of training opportunities would be beneficial to them now and in the future.

Speaker | Austėja Milvydaitė

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

Creative Europe is the European Commission framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors. MEDIA strand supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. Creative Europe Desk Lithuania promotes the Creative Europe programme on a national level, advises professionals from cultural and creative industries on applying for European funding, and organises local and cross-border informational, capacity-building and networking activities for them.

Short Film Co-production in Baltics: Challenges and Possibilities

8th OCTOBER 14:15- 15:45 (UTC+3)

While co-productions are more prevalent within the realm of feature films, the decade-long history of the Baltic Pitching Forum and successfully produced films shows that more and more shorts are being developed by international production companies, with sometimes two or three nationalities attached. A panel of experienced producers from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will discuss the important aspects of coproduction through the prism of their real-life experiences exploring the main advantages and disadvantages as well as implications for both the financial and artistic aspects of a film.

Marianne Ostrat (Alexandra Film, Estonia)
Aija Bērziņa (Tasse Film, Latvia)
Uljana Kim (Studio Uljana Kim, Lithuania)
Agnė Adomėnė (Art Shot, Lithuania)

Moderated by Marija Razgutė (M-films, Lithuania)

BPF Alumni Case Studies

8th OCTOBER 16:00 – 17:45 (UTC+3)

The BPF welcomes back former alumni who will talk about the development and experiences of their projects after the BPF, and share some tips on how to get films into the wider world.

Snow Shelter (dir. Robertas Nevecka, prod. Giedrė Burokaitė, Lithuania, 2020, animation, 16 min., participated at BPF 2016)
Elena (dir. Birutė Sodeikaitė, prod. Agnė Adomėnė, co-prod. Delphine Schmit, Draško Ivezić, Lithuania/France/Croatia, 2021, animation, 13 min., participated at BPF 2017)