The forthcoming Baltic Pitching Forum aims to increase the visibility of Baltic filmmakers amongst their European colleagues.
Shorts from the Baltic countries – consisting of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – have had a burgeoning reputation over the past few years. While historically Baltic films have always been popular – such as animation from Estonia or experimental filmmakers such as Jonas Mekas from Lithuania – there has been a new generation of emerging films and filmmakers slowly making their mark on the scene with increasing visibility for students from the likes of the Baltic Film and Media School and independent filmmakers beginning to make an impact on the festival circuit.
Between the 11th and 12th October 2013, the Baltic Pitching Forum will provide a focus on some of the projects and talented filmmakers currently coming out of the region. The forum will be a special industry event which will help short film projects from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia gain international recognition in the European market place while also promoting the region and its filmmakers.
The Best Short Film Project will receive travel to the European Short Film Co-production Forum Euro Connection, which will be part of the 39th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and held between the 5th and 6th February 2014.
The application deadline is 6th September and full application criteria and information can be found at www.filmshorts.lt/Baltic_Pitching_Forum