5th Vilnius Documentary Film Festival
December 5 - 14, 2008
THREE MEN AND A FISH POND (Latvia 2008, 52min)
Director: Laila Pakalnina
Director Laila Pakalnina and cameraman Maris Maskalans, who previously made the award-winning nature documentary Dream Land on a garbage dump, relate Three Men and a Fish Pond in images, rather than words. They reveal that nature is made up of visual compositions: from swans swimming in ranks in the dissipating morning fog, a bird's nest in the heart of many square feet of reed and swarms of bees arranging themselves like pixels in the sky. The editing is rhythmical and often associative. Three Men and a Fish Pond is at once artistic and starkly documentary.
GRANDMA AND GRANDPA (Lithuania 2007, 28min)
Director: Giedre Beinoriute
The documentary is based on a true life story of director’s grandparents who were exiled to Siberia by Soviets in 1948. The visual basis of the film consists of extant family photographs together with national archive material and animation inserts. It’s an intimate archetypical fairytale-like film about strength of human mind.
THE CHURCH WILL ARRIVE IN THE EVENING (Latvia 2007, 52min)
Director: Andi Mizišs
In the ice-free months of the year Father Gennady captains a barge transformed into a floating Orthodox Church on a mission trip along the Volga-Don Canal to the remote Russian villages. At each port of call Father Gennady leads church services. But all this changes when due to unexpected circumstances the mission trip suddenly takes a surprising turn.
Creative Documentary Today. How to Create, Finance and Promote Independent Films
December 9 - 13, Vilnius
The MEDIA Programme Division (MEDIA Desk Lithuania) of the International Cultural Programme Centre presents, as part of the Vilnius Documentary Film Festival, a cycle of seminars and discussions intended for creators and promoters of documentary films: Creative Documentary Today. How to create, finance and promote independent films? This initiative strives to stimulate the interest of young film creators in documentaries as well as to present relevant film support and promotion issues to producers and to suggest their possible solutions on the European level.
December 9 - 10
2009 EURODOC Actions - Informal meetings with Marie-Sophie Decout, EURODOC
The End of Documentary Film - Workshop with Russian director Sergey Loznitsa
Strategies for Documentary Film Funding: Case of Germany and Poland - Seminar led by Dorota M. Paciarelli, screenplay consultant and producer (Poland/Germany)
Creative Documentaries in Europe: Methods and Means for Promotion - Moderator: Renata Šukaitytė
Keynotes: Elisabeth Marschan (member of the Artistic Committee of the International Helsinki Documentary Festival DocPoint, Finland); Hana Rezková (programme coordinator at the Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic); Other participants: Greta Akcijonaitė (film distribution coordinator of the Skalvija Cinema Centre, Lithuania); Dorota M. Paciarelli (screenplay consultant and producer Poland/Germany), and numerous other guests of the Festival.