When night falls over the Baltic Sea, the audience gathers for open-air film screenings under starry skies. There are two main film programmes:
Out of all submissions from Baltic Sea countries, an international jury selected ten short films telling “Stories from the Seaside”. A Moving Baltic Sea highlight, the film programme reflects the diversity and richness of film culture in the Baltic Sea region. One of the short films will be selected by the Franco-German television channel ARTE for purchase and broadcast in their short film programme “KurzSchluss”.
FISH 'N SHIPS
Germany 2007, 8’30’’
D: Axel Brötje
"Fische und Schiffe" is an animated silhouette film about a ship accident in which a small boy, a cook, a fisherman, and a greedy predator fish get involved.
(DESI'RE:) THE GOLDSTEIN REELS
Germany 2005, 4’00’’
Experimental Documentary, 35mm
D: Unknown/ Romeo Grünfelder
An old celluloid film is labeled as being from the estate of Jack Goldstein. Due to partially missing data, place, time and author cannot be determined and keep the beholder in the dark.
THE END OF SUMMER
Poland 2007, 20’00’’
D: Karolina Bielawska
The last day on the beach. Two girls. One has come with her father, the other with her mother. Both girls play together, the parents come closer. The encounter produces feelings of love and hate all at once.
LOST IN SNOW
Latvia 2007, 8’00’’
D: Vladimir Leschiov
In winter, some people go ice fishing. Excitement, intensified by freezing temperatures and strong drinks, leads to unpredictable consequences.
Poland 2008, 17’00’’
D: Kei Ishikawa
It's the end of the world. A man walks through a desolate landscapes on his way to the safe zone promised by a radio message.
Norway 2005, 9’55’’
D: Magne Pettersen
Torbjørn lives in a house beneath a bridge which is a popular site for suicides. This annoys him and spoils his sleep. One day he has had enough. The bridge must be secured, no matter how.
THE TINY FISH
Russia 2007, 10’00’’
D: Sergei Ryabov
A small child’s world is wonderful and extremely complex. Even a painted fish can come to life.
Latvia 2008, 7’00’’
D: Uģis Olte
Red Spot is a film about an old known pool monster – red spot, which appears when someone pees in water, and about 11year old boy Peter and his inner fight between a wish to be popular within his mates and wish to be different from others.
A PERFECT PLACE
Russia 2006, 20’00’’
D: Elena Solodkova
Life on the small, remote island of Shikotan on the west border of Russia.
Sweden 1996, 5’00’’
D: Åsa Sjöström
Dea Marina is an ecological music film about myth, mankind and the sea.
Frank Blum, born in 1964, studied Philosophy, Comunication, Sociology Film and Fotodesign in Berlin. Realized various shortfilms, experimental films and video installations. Freelance Work as cutter, author and cameraman for TV and Videoclips. In 2007 Frank founded Studio Blum, a Berlin based video and foto studio.
Catherine Colas, Responsible for the Short Film Selection at ZDF/ARTE.
Gabriel Hageni, born 1972 in Freiberg. Studied Art History in Dresden and Berlin. Academic and working experience in Kaliningrad, Nowgorod, Abramzewo. Since 1994 Director of Krokodil - Cinema for russian films in Berlin.
Gudrun Holz has been working for daily newspapers, magazines and radio as a freelance film critic and journalist. In 2005 she founded the Baltic Film Festival Berlin, an annual festival presenting recent feature films, animation and documentary films from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Gudrun has also been joining several film festival juries, for example the Black Nights Tallinn Film Festival in 2006.
Tomas Tengmark has an Masters of Arts in Cinema History from Stockholm University. In 2006 he was invited to Lithuania as film advisor for the "Nordic Film Days in Kaunas". From 2007 he has been working on a regular basis as programme producer for Kaunas International Film Festival. Tomas is also writing about films for the monthly magazine Miesto IQ.