Today one of the largest short film industry events – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market – starts its 36th edition. Despite the move to online format, the Market will maintain its role as a key annual meeting place to facilitate the creation, production, and circulation of short films. The 36th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market will take place exclusively on the virtual platform www.shortfilmwire.com, from February 1 to 5. Traditionally, Lithuania and its short film industry will be represented by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency “Lithuanian Shorts”.
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market gives an exclusive opportunity to promote and present the latest Lithuanian short film projects, events and national production companies to the international industry. It also creates a platform to meet with the distributors and sales agents of Europe’s largest television, VoD and cinema companies. This year Lithuanian film industry is represented by 7-member delegation consisting of Rimantė Daugėlaitė (head of Lithuanian Shorts), Gabrielė Cegialytė (Lithuanian Shorts projects manager), short film producers Viktorija Seniut (Viktoria Films), Brigita Beniušytė (M-Films), Akvilė Bliujūtė-Janušė (Meinart studio), Veronika Cicėnaitė and director Jorė Janavičiūtė.
Each year, “Lithuanian Shorts” presents a catalogue with a wide selection of the newest Lithuanian short films. The latest catalogue of Lithuanian Shorts 2020-2021 has become a virtual database, which presents 30 most recent works of Lithuanian filmmakers. All the films are relevant to international audiences, seek distinctive cinematographic language, offer a new perspective, test new forms and techniques, explore complex relationships and provide an opportunity to unfold for the latest generation of Lithuanian filmmakers. Film industry professionals can also access a special collection of the latest 12 Lithuanian films in the market video library (log-in to shortfilmwire.com, select Delegations, Lithuanian Shorts and Films).
On Wednesday, 3 February, at 3 p.m. (CET) “Lithuanian Shorts” together with partners from Latvia and Estonia invite industry professionals to the online talk “Small but strong. Baltic shorts on the big stage”. This talk will be an overview of the Baltic short film industry, with salient facts and figures, case studies examining recent successful Baltic shorts as well as a look to the future with a focus on new talents. Speakers: Rimantė Daugėlaitė (Lithuanian Shorts), Anna Zača (Latvian Animation Association, Riga IFF), Laurence Boyce (PÖFF Shorts).
What is more, every year Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Market also hosts one of the main European short film co-production forums – Euro Connection 2021. Among 13 selected projects, a winner of the “Baltic Pitching Forum 2020”, organized by “Lithuanian Shorts”, Estonian short film project “Skin of a Mandarin” (dir. Jaanika Arum, prod. Tiina Savi) will be presented to the selected short film producers. All the attending professionals of the market can watch the video pitches of “Euro Connection” projects in the designated Euro Connection area on Shortfilmwire platform.
The Short Film Market is a part of the most significant short film festival – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, organized by the association Sauve qui peut le court métrage. This year, the festival’s International Competition will focus on 78 films from across the world that provide the usual snapshot of the state of the short-film world today. One selected title of this selection is Lithuanian short film DUMMY directed by Laurynas Bareiša (I13 programme). Since its world premiere at Berlinale 2020, the film has travelled over 60 international film festivals and gained international recognition. Film is produced by Klementina Remeikatė (Afterschool), festival distributor – Varicoloured.
More information about Lithuanian Delegation and market’s programme – here.