The Festival’s Short Film Nights Are Worth Staying Up For

Short film programmes will present works from all around the world that represent various genres, themes and expand horizons.

The genre that started cinema more than a hundred years ago also marks the start of most directors’ careers. Even renowned filmmakers return to short films, while some choose to only make shorts.

Four programmes will fill as many festival nights – New Winds, Lithuanian Shorts, Shortest Night and Short Competition. The latter will screen 4 Lithuanian premieres, as well as 27 films from Eastern and Central Europe, including the recently Oscar-awarded “Sing” by Kristof Deák. 

“Sing” trailer:

Short film night viewers will be able to vote for their favourite works, with the winner receiving an audience award. All films in these programmes will be screened in their original language with English subtitles. 

The first-time programme New Winds will present 20 films by promising talents that will make viewers laugh, cry and change their outlook. Film critic, festival programmer and jury member Neil Young makes his foray into film with Vilniu Detroit, about a crumbling stadium in the centre of Vilnius. One of the most famous French models Laetitia Casta makes her directorial debut with In Me, which premiered at Cannes and was filmed in the Paris Opera. Marta Hernaiz Pidal, student of the Sarajevo Film Academy founded by Hungarian director Bella Tarr, captured a conflict between a Romani woman sitting on the entrance steps of an apartment building, and a displeased inhabitant of the building who tries to make her leave in Fine

Also included in the programme is Astrid Goldsmith’s Squirrel Island, an animated sci-fi thriller about a lone grey squirrel living amongst red squirrels; Makoto Nagahisa‘s comedy And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool, which was recently awarded at Sundance; Bayu Prihantoro Filemon’s On the Origin of Fear; a horror comedy Fucking Bunnies, and many other original shorts.

Filmgoers in Vilnius and Kaunas will be able to spend April 1st at the longest festival screening. The Shortest Night programme includes 27 films, some of them by renowned directors. Recognizable starts such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Bertrand Bonello, Christopher Doyle, Adrian Sitaru, Isabelle Huppert and Rutger Hauer will be joined by up-and-coming filmmakers with proven talent. A provocative erotic film, absurdist humour, horror thrillers and legendary myths are just some of the things included in this programme. 

Issa Touma‘s Greetings from Aleppois the renowned Syrian photographer’s follow-up to his European Short Film award-winning “9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo”. Touma risked his life to return and secretly film the war-torn city while visiting family, friends and students who stayed here. This will be the short film’s international premiere. 

Wei Hu’sWhat Tears Us Apart is the third film at this year’s Vilnius IFF starring Isabelle Huppert. It follows a young woman meeting her birth parents. Killing Klaus Kinski, directed by Spiros Stathoulopoulos, recounts how Werner Herzog tried to kill Kinski while filming “Fitzcarraldo” in the Amazonian jungle. Christopher Doyle talks about his life in the biography Wind, Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with the animated film “Two Snails”, and Lluís Quílez presents Graffiti, a silent apocalyptic thriller filmed near Chernobyl. 

The Lithuanian Shorts night will take place March 31st. It includes the best short narrative, documentary and animated films from the Lithuanian Film Premieres and Student Film Competition programmes, as well as the strongest shorts that have already premiered in other festivals. 

The 2017 film programme: