The 24th edition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival will be a hybrid event, running from November 13 to 29 due to the pandemic. Amongst many films, in the programme we can see lithuanian movie makers and their works.
Even though lithuanian movies didn't make it into the main competition this year, some movies that are in co-production with Lithuania made it: "In the mirror" L. Pakalnina; co-production - D. Vildžiūnaitė, „Just a Moment“, 2020) and "A town by the river" (V. Kairišas; co-production - K. Drazdauskas, „Artbox“, 2020).
In the third competition of Baltic movies we will see 14 different movies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Amongst them are four lithuanian movies: "The Jump" by G. Žickytė (2020), "Exemplary Behavior" by A. Mickevičius and N. Milerius(2019), "In the Dusk" by Š. Bartas (2019) and "The flood won't come" by M.Sargsyan (2020).
In the short film competition we can see animated work of I. Meilūnas "Matilda and the spear head" (2020), "Voices Apart" by E. Nevardauskaitė and David Heinemann (2018) will be competing in the programme „Shorts Live-Action“.
Lithuanian professionals will also be actively participating in the Baltic Event. E. Vertelytė's project „Tasty“ (prod. Lukas Trimonis, „Inscript“) was selected for co-production film fair. The best project will win 20 000 eu "Eurimages" reward for further development.
„Baltic Event Works in Progress“ session will introduce E. Jankauskas' project "I Am Fine, Thanks" (prod. Gabija Siurbytė, Greta Akcijonaitė, „Dansu films“), "Feature film about life" by D. Šarutytė (prod. Uljana Kim, „Studio Uljana Kim“) and "A Butterfly’s Heart" (prod. Živilė Gallego, „Fralita Films“)
In the programme „Black Night Stars“ amongst eight great actors we can see a lithuanian Simonas Mozūra.
Lithuanians will also be actively participating in online discussions. In the "TV Beats Forum" there will be an introduction for "Baltic Film Service" and "Netflix" work in Lithuania - "Stranger things". D. Saladžius and J. Pazikaitė will present lithuanian tax relief for film making, locations and biggest achievements.
"WIFT Lithuania" representative E. Brazdžionytė and lithuanian national radio and TV director M. Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė will share lithuanian TV and cinema tendencies in a discussion about women in Baltic cinema.
International Tallinn film festival "Black nights" is one of the biggest Baltic and Nordic countries' cinema festival. It's in the top 15 most influential cinema festivals in the world.
Festival director Tina Lokk said: “It is a miraculous feeling to announce such a large, and geographically, stylistically, and culturally diverse programme. We are truly living in strange times as the situation in the industry has been constantly changing, putting extra stress on everyone working in this business. Our hearts go out to everyone who was not able to hold their festivals this year. We hope that by screening a bigger selection than usual, we will at least provide the filmmakers with a platform to exhibit their work. And what marvellous, artistically pleasing and culturally diverse work it is."