Lithuanian cinematographer wins the best Cinematography Award at Oscar Qualifying Rhode Island International Film festival

    The 24th edition of Rhode Island International Film Festival has ended and announced its winners. 

    Lithuanian Cinematographer Saulius Lukoševičius, who is currently studying in Los Angeles,was awarded the Best Cinematography Award for his short film UNFOLDED.

    S.Lukosevicius.jpgSaulius Lukoševičius

    Rhode Island International Film festival is one of the best International Film Festivals in the world and top 10 Short Film Festivals in the United States.This year, out of 6500 submissions,around 200 movies were selected. Among them - two Lithuanian cinematographer’s short films - UNFOLDED (dir. Cristina Picchi) and BOUND (dir. Mikhail Saburov).

    “I am extremely happy to have won the best cinematography award! It is hard to believe! It is indeed a very significant professional assessment at the very right timing in my career as I amtaking my first steps in Hollywood. This shows that I am on the right professional path and that Ican contribute to the promotion of Lithuania's name with my films. ” - Saulius Lukoševičius shared his thoughts after the awards ceremony.

    A short film UNFOLDED tells a story of a woman who after a sleepless night, leaves her house determined to put an end to her tormented relationship. But some memories are not so easy to leave behind. An intimate portrait of a soul suspended between the cathartic power of a new chance and the nostalgia of an unretrievable past.


    The film was produced by Italian production company REDIBIS FILM (Daniele Segre & DanieleDe Cicco), co-produced by Lithuanian company INSCRIPT (Lukas Trimonis) and partially financed by Lithuanian Cinema Center. Very recently, the film was also nominated for the best short film at the Italian Film Academy Awards (Italian Oscars).

    The other short film BOUND, tells Saulius Lukoševičius’ childhood story. The 4 minute short film was made as a part of the S.Lukoševičius cinematography studies at American Film Institute. 

    7_BOUND Premjera.JPGBound - Premiere

    Saulius Lukoševičius (born and raised in Lithuania) is a cinematographer currently based in Los Angeles. Since receiving his BA in Audiovisual Arts in 2010, Saulius has been working as a freelance DoP in films and TV commercials. He shot a short documentary WINTER, which travelled to more than 250 festivals and won 14 international prizes, including the Best Short Film nomination at the EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS. Saulius was selected to BERLINALE TALENTS in 2012 and was awarded the BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD from the Lithuanian Association of Cinematographers (LAC) in 2017. He has been a LAC member since 2013.

    He is known for taking on adventurous projects under extreme conditions around the world. A month traveling on a Trans-Siberian train through frozen Russia, rock-climbing Tian Shanmountains in Kyrgyzstan, walking on the active volcanoes in Indonesia, capturing a historical,non-stop, round the world Roziere balloon flight in Australia, CHERNOBYL — these are just afew projects that he worked on.

    Saulius is currently finishing his masters at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

    Festival Q&A with Mikhail Saburov, Saulius Lukoševičius & Cristina Picchi: https://youtu.be/yTkqCE0Kp84

    Last modified on 18-08-2020