On Sunday, 7th of September, the annual Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries ended in Riga. 24 films from 14 countries were selected to participate in the forum, including two film projects from Lithuania – Giedrė Žickytė’s Thanksgiving Day (Moonmakers studio, produced by Giedrė Žickytė) and Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė’s debut documentary Acid Forest (A Laukas studio, produced by Dovydas Petravičius).
Both film projects were introduced to the international market for the first time and received great interest and proposals from potential international partners, foreign broadcasters, and distributors.
The documentary Thanksgiving Day tells about the dramatic and paradoxical odyssey of a Lithuanian sailor, who jumped from a Soviet ship to an American speedboat four decades ago becoming a global hero of liberty.
The documentary Acid Forest takes an odd angle on the events at the controversial colony of Great Cormorants on the Curonian Spit in Lithuania. The work is full of visual originality and humour, breaking the conventions of nature films.
The Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries is a pitching session and workshop combined with film screenings. It is aiming at documentary films produced in the Baltic and surrounding countries or productions with a subject related to the region.