VILNIUS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2025

Vilnius - Lithuania

From January 15, 2025 to January 21, 2025


VILNIUS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
ŠILTADARŽIO STR. 6,
LT01124 VILNIUS,
LITHUANIA

+37062835040

programming@filmshorts.lt

www.filmshorts.lt

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Vilnius Short Film Festival is one of the biggest international short film festivals in the Baltic countries, and the only short film festival in Lithuania. Every January, it presents the newest and most significant short films from all around the world, while also gathering together filmmakers, industry representatives, and film lovers. 

Established in 2006, the Festival has become a unique platform in Lithuania, screening global short films made by both emerging and established talents. Each year, the Vilnius Short Film Festival holds the International Competition, which features approximately 30-40 of the most acclaimed short films from the past two years. In addition to the International Competition, the Festival hosts a National Competition showcasing a carefully chosen selection of the newest Lithuanian short films. Moreover, the Festival features special non-competition programs such as retrospectives, programs for kids, youth, and seniors, as well as theme or country-based short film selections.


Complementing the Festival screenings, there are numerous events for both the public and film industry professionals. Every year, the Festival offers a tailored Industry Day program for filmmakers and other industry professionals, which includes networking opportunities, workshops, and seminars. Moreover, the Festival invites its fans to various music and interactive events, as well as workshops for families and late-night screenings.

The 18th edition of the Vilnius Short Film Festival will take place from 15 to 21 January 2025 as a hybrid event – having both on-site screenings and short film programmes on the local VoD platform. The Festival is hosted in multiple venues across Vilnius Old Town and other Lithuanian cities such as Kaunas, Klaipėda, and Šiauliai. 

Vilnius Short Film Festival is organized by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency LITHUANIAN SHORTS.


Opening submissions: April 10, 2024
Free earlybird deadline: May 31, 2024 Free
Final deadline: July 14, 2024 7 EUR
Notification of results: November 15, 2024


Preview format:
-Uploaded file (1 stamp)

Requirements:
1) Films completed after: 1 January 2023
2) Maximum duration: 30 min.
3) Country of production: all countries (except Lithuania and Russian Federation)
4) Screening format: for the selection process, we require digital file with burned-in English subtitles, Screening format for selected films: digital file (Format - MP4; Codec - H264; Bitrate minimum 10mbps; Resolution - HD (1920x1080); Sound (5.1 or stereo)). Each selected film must provide a screening copy without subtitles (clean file), together with
5) Accepted genres: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, hybrid
6) Non-eligible: Films that have previously been submitted to the Festival, also works-in-progress are not accepted.
7) Withdraw: Submissions may not be withdrawn from the festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the festival.
8) Lithuanian premiere required: The Festival requires Lithuanian premiere for all films submitted to the International Competiton.
9) Ban on films produced by Russian Federation: In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Festival boycotts any associations with any entity, organisation or production that is backed, funded and endorsed by the Russian state, and therefore banns submissions of films produced or co-produced by Russian Federation.
10) No fee for Ukrainian films: For films produced in Ukraine and by Ukrainian filmmakers, we offer to waive the submission fee. For the fee waiver and free stamp, contact programming@filmshorts.lt.


 Regulations (PDF)


NATIONAL COMPETITION

Vilnius Short Film Festival is one of the biggest international short film festivals in the Baltic countries, and the only short film festival in Lithuania. Every January, it presents the newest and most significant short films from all around the world, while also gathering together filmmakers, industry representatives, and film lovers. 

Established in 2006, the Festival has become a unique platform in Lithuania, screening global short films made by both emerging and established talents. Each year, the Vilnius Short Film Festival holds the International Competition, which features approximately 30-40 of the most acclaimed short films from the past two years. In addition to the International Competition, the Festival hosts a National Competition showcasing a carefully chosen selection of the newest Lithuanian short films. Moreover, the Festival features special non-competition programs such as retrospectives, programs for kids, youth, and seniors, as well as theme or country-based short film selections.


Complementing the Festival screenings, there are numerous events for both the public and film industry professionals. Every year, the Festival offers a tailored Industry Day program for filmmakers and other industry professionals, which includes networking opportunities, workshops, and seminars. Moreover, the Festival invites its fans to various music and interactive events, as well as workshops for families and late-night screenings.

The 18th edition of the Vilnius Short Film Festival will take place from 15 to 21 January 2025 as a hybrid event – having both on-site screenings and short film programmes on the local VoD platform. The Festival is hosted in multiple venues across Vilnius Old Town and other Lithuanian cities such as Kaunas, Klaipėda, and Šiauliai. 

Vilnius Short Film Festival is organized by the Lithuanian Short Film Agency LITHUANIAN SHORTS.


Opening submissions: April 10, 2024
Free earlybird deadline: June 30, 2024 Free
Final deadline: August 14, 2024 7 EUR
Notification of results: November 15, 2024


Preview format:
-Uploaded file (1 stamp)

Requirements:
1) Films completed after: 1 January 2023
2) Maximum duration: 30 min.
3) Country of production: Lithuania (in the case of co-production, a film is eligible for National Competition if it shows a majority co-production with more than 50% Lithuanian participation)
4) Screening format: for the selection process, we require digital file with burned-in English subtitles, Screening format for selected films - each selected film must provide files listed below: - A digital file with English subtitles (burned-in): format - MP4; Codec - H264; Bitrate minimum 10mbps; Resolution - HD (1920x1080); Sound (stereo); - A digita
5) Accepted genres: fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, hybrid
6) Withdraw: Submissions may not be withdrawn from the festival once they have been entered, except at the sole discretion of the festival.
7) Ban on films produced by Russian Federation: In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Festival boycotts any associations with any entity, organisation or production that is backed, funded and endorsed by the Russian state, and therefore banns submissions of films produced or co-produced by Russian Federation.
8) Non-eligible: Films that have previously been submitted to the Festival, also works-in-progress are not accepted.


 Regulations (PDF)