Slovenia’s International Animation Festival Focuses on the Baltics


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Today, the 16th international animation festival Animateka starts in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. For the first time ever, this year’s program is dedicated to the Baltic animation. Program „Focus on the Baltics“ was created in cooperation with national film centers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Laura Almantaitė, the curator of the Lithuanian program, has selected 10 Lithuanian animated films created over the last 30 years. Nijolė Valadkevičiūtė’s film The Tree (lit. Medis, 1983) and Ilja Bereznickas’ film The Hobgoblin (lit. Baubas, 1987) are included in the retrospective programme. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to watch Laima Determines the Destiny (lit. Taip Laima lėmė, dir. Jūratė Leikaitė-Aškinienė, 2012), Guilt (lit. Kaltė, dir. Reda Bartkutė, 2013), Non-euclidean geometry (lit. Neeuklidinė geometrija, dir. Skirmanta Jakaitė, Solveiga Masteikaitė, 2013) ), Woods (lit. Miškas, dir. Ignas Meilūnas, 2015).

The program will also feature Lithuanian-Danish co-production Downfall (lit. Nuopolis, dir. Urtė Oettinger, Johan Oettinger, 2016),  Mr. Night Has a Day Off (lit. Pono Nakties laisvadienis, 2016) by Ignas Meilūnas, Birutė Sodeikaitė’s animated story Last Stop is the Moon (lit. Paskutinė stotelė – mėnulis, 2017) and Gediminas Šiaulys’ Shine (Šviesa, 2018).

On the 4th of December, a discussion about Baltic animation and possible co-productions will take place at the industry event AnimatekaPRO. Producers Laura Almantaitė and Agnė Adomėnė, animation filmmaker Ignas Meilūnas and the representative of the Lithuanian Film Centre Simona Gaidytė will take part in the discussion.

Lithuania’s representation in the festival is supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre.