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Aistė Diržiūtė

An actress of "Kharms"

Aistė Diržiūtė is a Lithuanian actress of film and theater, best known for her role as Auste in “The Summer of Sangaile“ (dir. Alante Kavaite). After “The Summer of Sangaile“ premiere in Europe at the Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama) in 2015, Dirziute was noticed by film critics and became the first Lithuanian actress named as one of the European Shooting Stars. The same year she starred in Lithuanian films "Kings' Shift" (dir. Ignas Miskinis), "Back" (dir. Gabriele Urbonaite) and made her debut in the Russian film industry as Marina Malich in the biographical drama "Kharms", directed by Ivan Bolotnikov. In 2016 she made her first English language film with a role as Joana in "Ashes in the Snow" (dir. Marius A. Markevicius), based on the best-selling book "Between Shades of Gray" by Ruta Sepetys. She also recently wrapped her second English language film with a lead role as Lauga in historical drama „Ring of Kings“ (dir. Aigars Grauba).


Lapkričio 17 d., 17:00 val., Forum Cinemas Vingis, 5 salė. Lapkričio 18d., 18:45 val., Forum Cinemas Kaunas, 3 salė. Aktorė Aistė Diržiūtė pristato filmą „Charmsas“

Ana Felicia Scutelnicu

The director of “Anishoara”

Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu studied theater in Benin, West Africa, for four years and then moved to Berlin and enrolled at the DFFB – German Film and Television Academy. Her short films Between Walls and Backyard screened at international festivals and won numerous awards. Her film Panhida won the Robert Bosch Film Prize and was awarded at the Rome International Film Festival. At “Scanorama” she is presenting “Anishoara”, which is her graduation film.


Lapkričio 11 d., 13:45 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, 6 salė. Režisierė Ana Felicia Scutelnicu pristato filmą „Anišoara“.

Anjorka Strechel

A member of Jury of “New Baltic Cinema” competition, a German film and theatre actess.

Anjorka Strechel is a German film and theatre actess. In 2011 she has been awarded the Golden Eagle Award for Best Leading Actress (Russia) in „The Edge“ by Alexey Uchitel. She was also nominated for a Nika Award. Anjorka is a member of Jury of “New Baltic Cinema” competition.

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir

The director of “The Swan”

Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir was born in Reykjavík and graduated with an MFA in film from Columbia University. She has directed the short films Love Story (2012), which was her thesis project, and You and Me (2015). In “Scanorama” she is presenting “The Swan”, which is her debut feature.


Lapkričio 10 d., 19:05 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, 5 salė. Režisierė Ása Helga Hjörleifsdótirr pristato filmą „Gulbinas“.

Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė

A film studio "Just A Moment" co-creator, film producer.

Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė studied psychology at Vilnius University and TV and film management at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. In 2007, together with the director Mykolas Vildžiūnas, she created "Just A Moment", a film studio, which has produced eleven full-length and short feature films and documentaries that have gained national and international recognition. Dagne is a member of the international film festival Rotterdam Lab 2013, EAVE 2012, Ex-Oriente 2011, a graduate of EURODOC 2010, member of the Lithuanian Film Academy. In 2015, the influential film industry publication "Screen International" named Dagne among the most promising producers in the world.

Daiva Jurkonytė

A freelance lawyer in the audiovisual field

In 2004 Daiva Jurkonytė finished business and commercial law studies at Vilnius University, the faculty of law. Since 2009, she has worked as a legal consultant in UAB Strictly Baltic, in the films and advertising department. She is also the CEO of NGO “InMedia Pro”, which allows her to work with the management of educational and European projects as well as conferences. She taught copyright law at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, worked as a senior law specialist in the Lithuanian film centre.

Diana Matuzevičienė

Director of documentary films

Diana Matuzevičienė graduated from J. Balčikonis Secondary School in Panevėžys, attended J. Miltinis Theatre Studio, studied Ceramics in Steponas Žukas College. She has worked in the Lithuanian Film Studios as director’s assistant to R. Šilinis, R. Verba, A. Araminas, R. Vabalas, L. Lazėnas, H. Šablevičius. She has been working on documentaries with her husband since 1990.


Lapkričio 13 d., 19:05 val., Forum Cinemas Vingis, 9 salė. Lapkričio 20 d., 18:40 val., Forum Cinemas Kaune, 4 salė. Režisieriai Kornelijus ir Diana Matuzevičiai pristato programą „Būsenos ir portretai“.

Dita Rietuma

A film theorist, film critic, the director of the National Film Centre of Latvia.

Dita Rietuma graduated from VGIK (Moscow Film Institure) in 1992. She was the cultural editor and film critic of the biggest Latvian daily newspaper Diena (1992-2014). Since 2014 Dita is the Head of the National Film Centre of Latvia. She is the lecturer of Riga Stradins University and still has a weekly column in the newspaper Diena. Dita Rietuma is the author of five books dedicated to film history.

Dominik Tschütscher

A member of Jury of “New Baltic Cinema” competition.

Dominik Tschütscher is a founder of Austrian student film festival “film:riss” and has been the artistic director of the festival from 2001 to 2011. He is also the founder and artistic director of the young talent platform “Cinema Next” as well as the curator of “Cinema Next Europe”, a program section of Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz. He is a member of Jury of “New Baltic Cinema” competition.


Lapkričio 19 d., 13.45 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis 9 salė. Prodiuseris Dominik Tschütscher pristato filmą „Pokalbių dirbtuvės“.

Eglė Vertelytė

Director of "Miracle"

Eglė Vertelytė completed her bachelor's degree in History from Vilnius University and continued her studies at the European Film College in Denmark. In 2009 Egle moved to Mongolia where she filmed her first internationally acclaimed feature length documentary "UB lama". In 2012 Egle completed MA of Screenwriting at National Film and Television school in UK. Together with producer Lukas Trimonis they have founded a company iN SCRiPT, which is developing and consulting narrative driven projects for TV, fiction and documentary films. Egle also works as a writer for several TV shows, collaborates with other directors and teaches art of screenwriting in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater.


Lapkričio 18 d., 18:00 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, „If“ salė (1). Lapkričio 20 d., 19:00 val. Forum Cinemas Kaune, „If“ salė (2). Lapkričio 21 d., 19:00 val. Forum Cinemas Klaipėda, „If“ salė (2). Lapkričio 24 d., 18:00 val. Forum Cinemas Šiauliuose, „If“ salė (5). Režisierė Eglė Vertėlytė su kūrybine grupe pristato filmą „Stebuklas“.

Iveta Grófová

The director of “Little Harbour”

Iveta Grófová graduated the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her feature debut “Made in Ash” (2012) was selected as the Slovak entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, which was followed by successful screenings and awards at many festivals. In “Scanorama” she’s presenting “Little Harbour”, which is her second feature film.


Lapkričio 11 d., 14:00 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, 9 salė. Režisierė Iveta Grófová ir operatorė Denisa Buranova pristato filmą „Mažasis uostas“.

Jannike Åhlund

Swedish film director cultural journalist and film critic.

Jannike Åhlund is a former editor of film magazine Chaplin and a critic on The Film Crown - the Swedish TV show on film. She was the director at the Göteborg International Film Festival, a former director at the Bergman Center and the former artistic director of the Bergman Week at Fårö. She is now the main manager of Nordic Women in Film - the knowledge bank and the archive of the Swedish women in film industry. In 2017, together with Kersti Grunditz Brennan and Maud Nycander she directed Citizen Schein, a film about Hary Schein, the founder of Swedidsh film institute and one of the most influential media personalities in Sweden.

Jean Breschand

The director of “Joan the Pope”

Jean Breschand is a French director and a screenwriter. In “Scanorama” he is presenting “Joan the Pope”, which is his debut feature film.


Lapkričio 10d., 17:00 val., Forum Cinemas Vingis, 9 salė. Režisierius Jean Breschand pristato filmą „Popiežė Joana“.

Julian Radlmaier

The director of “Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog”

Julian Radlmaier studied at the German Film and Television Academy, worked as a personal assistant for director Werner Schroeter and has translated and edited several film-theoretical writings by French philosopher Jacques Rancière. In 2013, his short “A Specter is Haunting Europe”, which premiered in Oberhausen, received the German Film Critics’ Award. His next film, “A Proletarian Winter’s Tale” (2014), screened at Rotterdam and Viennale and has been awarded at FICUNAM Mexico and Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba IFF. In “Scanorama” he will present his latest film “Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog”.


Lapkričio 11 d., 18:15 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, 9 salė. Režisierius Julian Radlmaier pristato filmą „Buržuazinio šuns savikritika“.

Jūratė Samulionytė

Director of "What We Leave Behind"

Jūratė Samulionytė (1983) received an MA in Film and TV Directing from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy in 2007. Her short feature film Noroutine received a Silver Crane award for Best Lithuanian Short Film in 2008. Her documentaries and fiction shorts have been featured at various international festivals and been awarded a number of prizes.


Lapkričio 11 d., 19:00 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, „If“ salė (1). Režisierės Juratė ir Vilma Samulionytės pristato filmą „Močiute, Guten Tag!“

Kornelijus Matuzevičius

Director of documentary films

Kornelijus Matuzevičius graduated from Vilnius 23rd Secondary School and VGIKO Cinematography Faculty. Since 1970, he worked as cameraman on documentary films in the Lithuanian Film Studios. He has made nearly a hundred documentaries. In 1990, he was presented with the National Award for his work on H. Šablevičius films. He has been working independently on documentary films with his wife D. Matuzevičienė since 1990.


Lapkričio 13 d., 19:05 val., Forum Cinemas Vingis, 9 salė. Lapkričio 20 d., 18:40 val., Forum Cinemas Kaune, 4 salė. Režisieriai Kornelijus ir Diana Matuzevičiai pristato programą „Būsenos ir portretai“.

Leonor Silveira

Jury President of “New Baltic Cinema” competition, a Portuguese actress.

Leonor Silveira is a Portuguese actress, a long-time collaborator of Manoel de Oliveira. Starting 1999 she’s been a coordinator of a National Portuguese Film Institute ICAM. In 2005 she’s become the president of ICAM. In 1997 Leonor has been named Commander of the Order of Merit and in 2011 has been awarded the Cross of The National Order of The Legion of Honor. She is the President of the Jury of “New Baltic Cinema” competition.

Lina Kaminskaitė-Jančorienė

Culture and film historian and critic.

Lina Kaminskaitė-Jančorienė is a culture and film historian and critic, curator, writer and lecturer at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Together with the NGO “Meno Avilys” she initiated and implemented the first digitalization of the prominent Lithuanian documentary film, the “Anthology of Lithuanian Documentary Cinema”.


Luce Grosjean

A member of LEs femmes s’anniment, coordinator of French association RECA.

Luce Grosjean (b. 1988) completed management studies at GOBELINS L’Ecole de l’mage, a prestgious school for animation and interactive design in Paris. In 2009-2010 she interned as a producer assistant at Team To animation studio. Since 2012 she is a coordinator of RECA - a French association, which connects 25 different animation companies in France. Grosjean is also a member of LEs femmes s’anniment - a non-profit French association devoted to equality and advancng women in the field of animation. In 2014, Grosjean has established Sève Films, a production company, which has already distributed more than 300 films from animation schools and independent directors.

Mitja Ličen

The cinematographer and co-writer of „The Tree“.

Mitja Ličen is a Slovenian cinematographer, writer and actor. In „Scanorama“ he will present the award-winning film „The Tree“.


Lapkričio 10 d., 19:15 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, 6 salė. Scenaristas ir operatorius Mitja Ličen pristato filmą „Medis“.

Natalija Arlauskaitė

Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University.

Natalija Arlauskaitė is a Professor at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science of Vilnius University, where she studies literary, film, and visual media. Her current academic interests include visual theory, forms of historical imagination, documentary images of war atrocities in film and arts. She is the author of Analysis of Hermetic Text: Structure of Semantic Space in Works by Velimir Khlebnikov (2005), Key-Concepts of Feminist Film Theory (2010), Native and Foreign Canons: Film Adaptations between Narrative Theory and Cultural Studies (2014). Also, she is the editor-in-chief of the book series “Writings on Film” (published by Mintis), and a translator of the writings of Sergei Eisenstein into Lithuanian.

Olga Černovaitė

The director of “Butterfly City”

After studying chemistry and biochemistry and obtaining her Bachelors then Masters Degree from Vilnius University, director Olga Černovaitė switched track to study film at the Baltic Film and Media School (Tallinn University, Estonia). Her 1st mid-length creative documentary film, If Not You had its international premiere at the oldest Polish International Film Festival Lubuskie Film Summer (Łagów, 2012). In Ireland Olga has participated for the last few years as programmer for the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival. In “Scanorama” she is presenting her film “Butterfly City”.


Lapkričio 15 d., 18:50 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, 5 salė. Lapkričio 17 d., 17:00 val. Forum Cinemas Kaune, 3 salė. Lapkričio 20d., 16:30 val., Forum Cinemas Klaipėda, „If“ salė (2). Režisierė Olga Černovaitė pristato filmą „Drugelio miestas“.


Rhea Thönges-Stringaris

A German-Greek art historian

Rhea Thönges-Stringaris - in the years 1961-1974, Rhea carried out works for the State Art Collections in Kassel; in 1972 she joined the German Movement for Direct Democracy; the same year she made friends with Joseph Beuys. In 1977, Thönges-Stringaris worked on preparing the exhibition Documenta 6 in Kassel as well as Beuys’ 100-Tage-Anwesenheit („100 days presence”). Between 1981 and 1987 she was a member of the Documenta supervisory board and collaborated on Beuys’ 7000 Oaks action. From 2003 on, she has worked as a member of “7000 Eichen” Foundation Conservatory and of Kuratorium Mehr Demokratie (“More Democracy Conservatory”). At "Scanorama" she will present the documentary "Beuys".


Lapkričio 15 d., 18:30 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, 6 salė. Menotyrininkė Rhea Thönges-Stringaris pristato filmą „Beuysas“.

Sergei Loznitsa

The director of “A Gentle Creature”

Sergei Loznitsa has been making documentary films since 1996, 18 of which have been awarded at various festivals. Loznitsa’s feature debut “My Joy” (2010) premiered in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. “In the Fog” (2012) was awarded FIPRESCI prize at the 65th Festival de Cannes and his feature-length documentary “Maidan” (2014) had its world premiere at a Séance Special of Festival de Cannes. In 2015, his film “The Event”, was selected for Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In “Scanorama” he’ll present his latest film “A Gentle Creature”.


Lapkričio 17 d., 19:00 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, „If salė (1)“. Režisierius Sergejus Loznitsa pristato filmą „Nuolankioji“

Shevaun Mizrahi

The director of "Distant Constellation"

Shevaun Mizrahi received her Bachelor in cognitive neuroscience and English literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to get her Master of fine arts at the Graduate Film Program at New York University. She worked as an assistant to cinematographer Ed Lachman. In “Scanorama” she’ll be presenting "Distant Constellation", which is her first documentary feature.


Lapkričio 11 d., 16:20 val. Susitikimas atšaukiamas.

Vilma Samulionytė

Director of "What We Leave Behind"

Vilma Samulionytė (1978) is a visual artist. She has graduated from FAMU (Film and TV school, Prague) in 2009 and worked as a photographer in Saudi Arabia. In 2013 she was nominated for a Unesco/Aschberg bursary at the Instituto Sacatar in Brazil. Now she lives in Vilnius and works in a field of photography.



Lapkričio 11 d., 19:00 val. Forum Cinemas Vingis, „If“ salė (1). Režisierės Juratė ir Vilma Samulionytės pristato filmą „Močiute, Guten Tag!“

Zeki Peynirci

A member of Jury of „New Baltic Cinema“ competition, a Turkish film producer.

Zeki Peynirci is a Turkish film producer, programme coordinator of Istanbul International Independent Film Festival “!f”, the curator of its “Rainbow Film” queer selection. He is a member of Jury of „New Baltic Cinema“ competition.