Alumni Focus | Baltic Pitching Forum 2019


Once again we’ll be welcoming back some former BPF alumni who will talk more about their experiences and share some tips on how to get films into the wider world.

Time: 13:45 – 15:15, 12th of October, Saturday

Venue: Vilnius County Adomas Mickevičius Public Library, Trakų st. 10, Vilnius




Winner of the Baltic Pitching Forum 2014


Insecure and balding Leo (35) has closed himself in his apartment to try a hair growth liquid for fixing up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorphoses with his skin and hair and as Leo tries to get his bodily changes under control, the evening quickly turns into chaos.


Director: Oskar Lehemaa

Producer: Evelin Penttilä

Genre: fiction

Length: 15 min

Production country: Estonia

Total budget: 81 000 €

Production company: Stellar Film is a production company based in Tallinn, Estonia, established in 2015 by producer Evelin Penttilä. They work with films that are mixing dynamic original ideas with an artistic and commercial core, blending genres and delivery platforms. Stellar Film aims at bringing Estonian talent to the world, but also participates in intriguing international films. Stellar produces original content, as well as providing production services – they are experienced users of the Film Estonia cash rebate measure.

Premiere: 26 April 2019, Haapsalu Horror & Fantasy Film Festival, Estonia

Festivals and awards: Haapsalu Fantasy & Horror Film Festival 2019 – winner of Silver Melies (Best Short Film); Cannes Court Métrage / Short Film Corner 2019; Fantasia Film Festival 2019 – Audience Choice (Best International Short); Fantastic Fest 2019; Telluride Horror Show 2019; Screamfest 2019; Stuff MX Film Festival 2019; Idaho Horror Film Festival 2019

Bad Hair_Oskar LehemaaDirector Oskar Lehemaa

Growing up in a dull small town, watching action flicks and making silly short films was the perfect escape from reality. Today, these passions have become a career, as Oskar infuses his works with a love for genre, from comedy to gory horror. Regardless of the project or genre, there seems to be a common thread – a pinch of humor is always added.



Bad Hair_IvarCinematographer Ivar Taim

Ivar Taim is an Estonian cinematographer. He graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School in 2012 and continued his Master’s studies in Cinematography at the Norwegian Film School. Ivar has worked on several Estonian and international feature films and in 2017 was awarded Best Cinematographer at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for The Manslayer/The Virgin/The Shadow (director Sulev Keedus).





Baltic Pitching Forum 2015


Middle-aged Helen, who still hasn’t gotten over her divorce, is dragged to the nightclub on her birthday. Unable to give life a new chance, she ends the night as an intruder in her old home.


Director: Tanno Mee

Producer: Marianne Ostrat

Genre: fiction

Length: 19 min.

Production country: Estonia

Total budget: 30 000 EUR

Production company: Alexandra Film was founded by producer Marianne Ostrat. In 2017, Alexandra Film released its first feature film, The End of the Chain by Priit Pääsuke (Karlovy Vary), the Spanish-Estonian feature documentary Constructing Albert (San Sebastián, SXSW, Hot Docs) by Laura Collado and Jim Loomis, and the short film Helen’s Birthday by Tanno Mee. Alexandra Film will release a new short film, New Beginnings, by Tanno Mee in autumn 2019 and is in post with the feature length youth comedy, Kids of the Night by Priit Pääsuke.
Premiere: 20 September 2017, Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy (Finland)

Festivals and awards: Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS 2017 – Best Baltic Short; Estonian Film & TV Awards 2017 – Best Short Film Nominee; Nordic Film Days Lübeck 2017; Scanorama European Film Forum 2017; Starring Europe: New Films from The EU 2018; Independent Days International Filmfest 2018; Landshut Short Film Festival 2018.

Helene's Birthday_Tanno MeeDirector Tanno Mee

Tanno Mee (1983) graduated from the Baltic Film and Media School (BFM) BA program of Film and Video Directing in 2008 with the short film House of Memories. In 2010, Tanno premiered the short documentary Being Normal, commissioned by Estonian Public Broadcasting, and in 2014 another documentary, Allan Leida, Leida Allan – co-directed with Liis Nimik. Tanno’s short film, a sensitive and nuanced drama, Helen’s Birthday, screened at 13 film festivals (Lubeck, Scanorama, Helsinki IFF, POFF Shorts), won the Baltic Competition at 2Annas Riga IFF, was theatrically released in Estonia and nominated for the Estonian Film and TV Award. With his new short film New Beginnings, Tanno is exploring the genre of romantic comedy.


Helene's Birthday_Marianne OstratProducer Marianne Ostrat

Marianne Ostrat graduated from BFM with an MA in Film Arts in 2009. She is the founder and partner of Alexandra Film and Fork Film Animation Studio and produces feature, documentary, and both live-action and animated short films. With Fork Film, Marianne co-produced the Swedish-Estonian animated short Amalimbo, which premiered at Venice IFF in 2016 and was nominated for the European Film Award. Marianne is a board member of the Estonian Film Industry Cluster and teaches producing at KinoEyes – The European Movie Masters MA program at the Baltic Film Media Arts & Communication School. She belongs to the EAVE network.




Baltic Pitching Forum 2016


When the Lights Go Out is a fantasy movie based on a personal experience of the film’s director. The film tells a story about a teenage boy who is being bullied in school. The boy, named Mantas, creates his own guardian demon, who protects him from the bullies. However, it is not letting the boy live a normal life. The film’s timeline portrays one day at school, when Mantas’ classmates assault and beat up him badly. And here it comes, the guardian demon, ready for revenge.


Director: Jonas Trukanas

Producers: Gabija Siurbytė, Rūta Petronytė

Genre: fiction

Length: 13 min.

Production country: Lithuania

Total budget: 60 000 Eur

Production company: Dansu is a vigorous company, dedicated to producing high class feature films, TV and commercials. The company was created in 2008. Dansu films has been creating short movies, some of which were sold to Eurochannel and, and screened and awarded at international festivals. Dansu films was also part of the production of a few awarded international feature films and made more than 100 commercials, as well as receiving the Best Production House award at the national advertisement awards, ADrenalinas.

Premiere: 20 April 2019, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Belgium)

Festivals and awards: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Belgium); Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (Estonia); Popcorn Frights Horror Film Festival (Florida)

When The Lights Go Out_Jonas TrukanasDirector Jonas Trukanas

Jonas Trukanas is a young director of films and commercials, a graduate of the Film Directing course at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, United Kingdom. He is a two-time Berlinale Talent Campus alumni (2013 and 2017). Jonas has been participating in numerous other workshops, like TransAtlantic Talent Lab, InScript, and European Genre Forum. His short movies Book Smuggler, Ghost I Dont Remember, The Trolleybus-Man and When the Lights Go Out have been screened all around the globe at various film festivals.