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 kind of experimental films, including:
- animation
- video art
- silent films
- narrative films
- non-narrative
- short films
- feature film
- underground films
- documentary films

Screening formats:
- digital
- 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 cost,

Length: under 90 mins

Entry fee non-refundable

Applicants must hold the copyright and the right to show the film at the festival.

Overall Rating
  • Hesam Rahmani

    It was amazing and incredible. Thanks for sharing our work at your festival.

    August 2021
  • Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    I am so very honored to have my Super 8mm film, NO PERSONAL CHECKS play at the prestigious "Suspaustus Laikas" in Lithuania. It's a top-notch festival that takes place in several venues with impeccable curation and gorgeous analog (and digital) projection.

    August 2021
  • Andrius Žemaitis

    Superb festival! Passionate and motivated team!

    August 2021
  • "Supaustas Laikas" is a dream festival: a long summer celebration of the seventh art that's beautifully conceived and realized, with screenings in three Lithuanian cities at incredible venues; no simple movie theaters here: rather, modern art museums, unique churches, amphitheaters, etc. Arturas and his team are so passionate and caring, both about the filmmakers and the public, for whom all this is for. Like a cinematic prometheus, Arturas is on a mission to bring the fire of analog experimental film to the people, and it's a beautiful thing. One of the top festival experiences of my career.

    August 2021