The festival first set off on its journey toward the exploration of alternative cinema and audio-visual arts in Lithuania, Nida, in 2016. Each year the programme encompasses unconventional cinematic and audio-visual art forms and means of expression: hybrid film, non-narrative cinema, technology and process centred experimentation in art.
Particular focus is laid on a short film as an independent artistic medium on par with that of a feature film, yet understood as a self-sufficient form of art rather than a mere segment or a fragment of the whole, and as such related to and typical of experimental cinema.
The international festival “Suspaustas Laikas” strives to create opportunities and environments conducive to exploration and learning about experimental cinema and audio-visual arts. It probes the trajectory of the evolution of cinematic language and the role of technologies, intercepting the novel and the archaic, that makeup and are in turn remade in search of audio-visual forms of artistic expression. In so doing the festival contributes to the reach of cinema art and bolsters cultural education of youth and communities in Lithuanian.
Festival “Suspaustas Laikas” in general is not competition.
Selected films will receive screening/copyrights fees.
Selected filmmakers will get invited to the festival.
The Festival will cover travel costs and accommodation.
The Festival is open to all kinds of experimental films, including:
- video art
- silent films
- narrative films
- short films
- feature film
- underground films
- documentary films
- analogue (8mm, super 8 and 16mm)
Selected analogue film copies must be shipped to the festival team at least two weeks before the screening,
The Festival will cover back-and-forth shipping costs,
No length limitations
Entry fee non-refundable
Applicants must hold the copyright and the right to show the film at the festival.