The Balts Are Coming!
The Baltics Visiting is the name of this year's retrospective: spanning 8 programmes, it will give an insight into the key animated works from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
We have organised this journey across the Baltics in chronological order, starting in the Soviet era of the 1970s and 1980s, when animators in this part of the world pondered the prospect of the fall of the regime while bringing to life on screen myths and tales.
Called ‘Independence’, the second set of shorts comprises films from the late 1990s and early 2000s, when films discussed an increasingly broad range of subjects.
The last set of shorts spotlights what characterises Baltic animation today: dialogue between generations. Up-and-coming filmmakers are presented side by side with acclaimed authors who have been a central force in the world of animation for decades and continue to impress with unabated creativity.
The five programmes of shorts are complemented by three feature films: Away, made entirely by Gints Zilbalodis, Rocks in My Pockets, a film by Signe Baumane that has already been screened at one of the previous editions of Animateka, and Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs (7+) by this year’s artist in residence and jury member, Edmunds Jansons.