FESTIVALS: Estonia Wins Scanorama New Baltic Cinema Short Film Competition

    On the Other Side of the Woods by Eva Anu-Laura Tuttelberga On the Other Side of the Woods by Eva Anu-Laura Tuttelberga

    VILNIUS: Five Lithuanian shorts, eight Estonian shorts and two Latvian shorts competed in the New Baltic Cinema competition of the Scanorama film festival which opened on 14 November 2014.

    During the festival's closing ceremony, Scanorama director Gražina Arlickaitė was awarded the Norwegian Royal order for long-standing merits to Norwegian culture. The honorary award was presented by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Lithuania, His Excellency Dag Malmer Halvorsen.

    The winning films were chosen by an international jury consisting of the president of the jury, film historian and critic and one of the founders of the Berlinale Young Cinema Forum programme, Ulrich Gregor and Erika Gregor, Director of Reykjavik International Film Festival Hronna Marinosdottir and distribution company Must Own production manager Tiina Käsi.

    The Estonian short On the Other Side of the Woods (2014) by director Eva Anu-Laura Tuttelberga, an animated film about an earthenware doll, full of light, magic and nostalgia, won the best film prize. The winning film received a prize worth 30,000 EUR in equipment rental.

    The New Baltic Cinema short film competition jury also elected the best Lithuanian short film. This award went to Marija Stonytė for Rules of the Road (2014), which tells the story of a love affair and its demise through one of the primary objects shared by the couple: an old beige station wagon. When their relationship ends, the car becomes the property of one woman and the bane of the other's existence. The director received a prize of 10,000 Litas.

    The festival held its closing in Vilnius on 16 November, before moving on to three more cities in Lithuania, running through 23 November.

    Best Short Film:

    On the Other Side of the Woods/ Teisel pool metsa (Estonia)
    Directed by Eva Anu-Laura Tuttelberga
    Produced by Nukufilm Studio

    Best Lithuanian short film:

    Rules of the Road/ Kelių Eismo taisyklės
    Directed by Marija Stonyte
    Produced by Gabrielė Banytė