An empty space, gap or a hole where something should be.

‘Lacuna’, the animated short is a visual metaphor for what goes on inside the mind of a creative person. The artist chases the fragments of the daydream, within the daydream itself, until ultimately as a result, a creative project of some kind is molded. The film communicates that dreaming is necessary for a creative person, regardless of society’s abstract understanding of this term. Daydreaming is often discouraged in traditional classrooms and work environments. In the field of psychology daydreaming is usually an indication of a possible mental illness, such as suffering from concentration difficulty, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Therefore, ‘Lacuna’ aims to communicate that dreaming is crucial for training one’s creativity and imagination, and for people who often do, ‘Lacuna’ pursues to make them feel less weird about it, and possibly guide them to embrace this quality.

Despite the repelling truth of the term, ‘Lacuna’ portrays the beauty of that bare moment of escape. While having such adept imagination can isolate a person from standard society, the movie wishes to confirm that compatible individuals will accept the ‘dreamer’ for who they are and appreciate them for their unique qualities and view of the world.

“All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”- Antoine de SaintExupéry, The Little Prince

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    The Season
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    The Season
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  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Self-exploration, music
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 8, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland, Lithuania
  • Language:
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - LSAD (TUS) Limerick School of Art & Design
Director Biography - Simona Vaitkeviciute

Simona Vaitkeviciute is a Lithuanian-born Animator and Illustrator living in Ireland and has spent the past 8 years of her life there. Simona is a 2023 graduate with a BA (Honors) in Animation and Motion Design, at Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) with a passion for designing, painting, Illustrating, and hand-drawn animation.

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Director Statement

I always felt fascinated by how concepts of unconscious minds can result in the most creative projects. Like dreaming, for example, it is such a powerful tool, like a magic wand for a creative person if you know how to use it at your disposal. I was always a very quiet person and was called out many times for being too quiet or introverted, or just too weird. But I'm very extroverted with my work and I let my work speak for me the loudest! I think the world should never underestimate the abilities of a quiet person, we are some of the most observant, and creative people out there! That is what I wanted to show in my short film 'Lacuna', for people that can find themselves and relate to my movie I want to show how unique they are and to be proud of such qualities!