Baltic Shorts Residency opens call for 2022


Filmmakers and scriptwriters from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia encouraged to apply to the fourth edition of script development programme to be held in Lithuania. 

The BALTIC SHORTS RESIDENCY is the annual short film script development program dedicated to the filmmakers from Baltic countries. Taking place in Lithuania from 1-19 June 2022, it will see three selected participants (one from each Baltic country) each receiving an opportunity to benefit from professional consultation and deliver a fully finished script of the short film.

The Residency will be held in the Kintai Arts artspace based in Kintai, a small town of Klaipėda County, Lithuania. The unique residency location is an artistic initiative that encourages encounters with contemporary art forms outside of urban cultural centers. Kintai Arts is a non-profit organization active in the fields of arts, residencies, crafts and education. 

The successful applicants will be mentored by creative advisor and script consultant Wim Vanacker. Vanacker has previously worked at  NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema where he became the Head of the Script Department and the Project manager of the MEDIA funded project, European Short Pitch. He is also a member of the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival and works as the Editorial Consultant for the First Cut Lab.

Eligible applicants are film directors and scriptwriters from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia who have finished at least one short film project and are developing a new project which is fiction, animation or a hybrid of the two. The project must be in an early script development stage, up to 30 minutes long and aimed at an international audience. At the end of the residency, participants will be asked to submit their projects to the Baltic Pitching Forum.

Previous editions of the Baltic Shorts Residency have welcomed filmmakers such as Latvian director Žanete Skarule who took part in the 2021 edition with the project Big Loop – Small Loop, which later was pitched at the Baltic Pitching Forum 2021. Also taking part in 2021 was Lithuanian film director Akvilė Gelažiūtė whose project 2.2 Atmospheres or Medium Pressure currently finds itself in post production. In 2020 Estonian director and scriptwriter Jaanika Arum took part with the project Skin Of A Mandarin. After being pitched at the likes of the Baltic Pitching Forum and Euro Connection, the now completed project is awaiting its world premiere. 

Rimantė Daugėlaitė-Cegelskienė, Head of Lithuanian Shorts said: 

“Over the past three years, the Baltic Shorts Residency has become an important event for filmmaking creatives in the Baltic regions to be able to hone their ideas and help them on their way to realizing their projects. With already a number of success stories during the past few years, we’re looking forward to welcoming a new set of talents and helping more wonderful filmmakers and scriptwriters develop their work.”

The Baltic Shorts Residency is supported by Lithuanian Council for Culture, Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture in partnership with Kintai Arts, PÖFF Shorts | Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Riga International Film Festival, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS and Latvian Animation Association.

Application deadline – 16 April, 2022. Register HERE.

The Residency’s regulations can be found HERE

For more information visit here.