News from Lithuania


Short Documentary “Aldona” by Emilija Škarnulytė (Lithuania 2013) © Škarnulytė /IKF Oberhausen

The Lithuanian Film Centre (Lietuvos kino centras)[1] has approved almost € 3 million for 42 film projects in its first financial period. These include two short fictional film projects, two short documentaries and two animated films, which received between €10,000 and €70,000 (208,000 in total).


According to statistics from the Film Centre, eleven short films without short documentaries were produced in 2018 (7 short fiction and animated films). Information can be found in the catalogue “Lithuanian Shorts 2018-2019”[3] recently published by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency[2] with 38 titles of all short categories and genres. By the way, there were only 28 cinemas in the whole country in 2018.


Among the projects funded now is the first long documentary film by the artist and short film maker Emilija Škarnulytė. Born in Vilnius, the artist lives and works in Tromsø (N), where she founded Polar Film LAB for analogue film. She had a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien and became famous in Germany for her documentary short ALDONA[4]. Last week in Kiev she received the Future Generation Art Prize[5] worth $100,000 for her video “t 1/2”.



[1] Lietuvos kino centras (Lithuanian Film Centre)

[2] Lithuanian Short Film Agency

[3]Lithuanian Shorts 2018-2019

[4] “Aldona” on Vimeo

[5] PinchukArtCentre: Future Generation Art Prize