Join us on June 5 in "Young & Animated" with recently made animation shorts from Lithuania and Estonia.

Get to know the creative energies and storytelling by emerging Estonian and Lithuanian animators – what’s their take and what’s at stake for a young generation in these Eastern European nations?

With participation of Rebeka Salomėja Kavaliauskaitė (LT) and Saulius Juknevičius (LT), both students of Valentas Aškinis at Vilnius College of Technologies and Design- VTDK, with Sander Joon, established Estonian animator (EE) and Anna Eijsbouts (programmer for the KABOOM animation festival, teacher in animation at HKU), who will moderate the event and will talk with young animators in Tallinn, Vilnius and the audience. The opportunities within the animation industries in the individual countries and in larger context of the European animation industry will be touched.

WED 5 JUNE, 13:00 STUDIO PDZ, in Pakhuis de Zwijger


Young animators from Estonia and Lithuania will take us along to explore themes such as personal responsibility, free will and rationalism during the screening of three short animation films.

Short films to be seen:

NATOS_02NATOS_03 Natos "Notes (Lithuania 2024, 2,12 min) director Rebeka Salomėja Kavaliauskaitė (VTDK ). A rabbit, locked in a black room, is forced to play from sheet music. When he refuses it, the new opportunities arise. The film tells the story of a unique desire to create one’s own music, without any foreign sheet of music. The film's unique atmosphere and distinctive style was spotted by professionals in Lithuania and abroad. Rebeka's "Natos" won the best student film category at the international "Tindirindis" animation film festival and in the 65th Lithuanian Republic Amateur Film Festival.


Between Timid and Timbuktu/ (Lithuania 2024, 3,4 min, stop-motion paper-cut collage), director Saulius Juknevičius (VTDK), A short philosophical film based on Kurt Vonnegut’s book “The Sirens of Titan” (1959). The title of the film corresponds with the title of the first chapter of the book. Saulius: "In my creative research here I try to use the same "search engine" as the one in the book: Are we a part of the system? Is our fate predetermined?”. The film deals with the question of free will and characters being stripped of it.

Sierra (Estonia 2022, 15,55 min), director Sander Joon, producers Aurelia Aasa and Erik Heinsalu. Sierra is the first Estonian animation on the Oscars shortlist. In total, the film has won 50 awards. A father and his son are losing a competition. In order to win, the boy turns himself into a car tire. Loosely inspired by the director's childhood, Sierra pulls us into the surreal car racing world. (Image in the poster)

Admission is free of charge.

This programme is part of the event Europe’s Finest Hours.

Please visit the main webpage to reserve your spot for this programme.

Organised by Estonian Embassy and Litouws Cultureel Centrum in cooperation with EUNIC Netherlands and Dutch Culture.

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