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LITHUANIAN ANIMATION

Although the roots of Lithuanian animation go deep, the industry’s rise is associated with the restoration of Lithuania’s independence and the emergence of the first animation studios.

After several decades, the industry is now well-developed. Recently, Lithuania’s animation industry has experienced remarkable growth, both in terms of projects under development and in production, as well as emerging talents. Animation studios implement both domestic projects and international co-productions, as well as working as service providers.

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The film "Trails of Angels" is a work of virtual reality  animation  presenting the creative legacy of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, a trailblazer of interdisciplinary art and one of the pioneers of abstract art in Europe.

Contacts:

Tel.: +370 808 11 712

Email.: info@oktastudio.com 

TRAILS OF ANGELS

Year – 2018
Duration – 25'
Country – Lithuania
Studios – OKTA, Natrix Natrix, Asterman
Technique – VR short animated film

Crew:
Director – Kristina Buožytė 
Script – Kristina Buožytė 
Production Designer – Aleksandr Podgorny
Producers – Vitalijus Žukas, Kristina Buožytė, Aleksandr Podgorny

To the sounds of music by Čiurlionis and Mindaugas Urbaitis, the three-dimensional space opens with the viewer’s introduction to 60 of the artist’s paintings - both rarely seen  and easily recognisable. The storyline, connecting the artist’s oeuvre and the characters of his artworks, presents the magical world created by Čiurlionis, the characters who inhabit it, and their environment.

STOLEN COLOURS

Year – 2021
Duration – 12'
Countries – Lithuania, Norway 
Studios – Animatrix, Fantefilm AS
Technique – 3D animation

Crew:
Director – Gaute Hesthagen
Script – Paulius Rymeikis

Script consultant  – Eglė Vertelytė
Producers – Dovydas Vilkelis, Hugo Hagemann Føsker

Contacts:

Dovydas Vilkelis 

Tel.: +370 671 17 365

Email.: dovydas@animatirx.lt

Adr.: Manufaktūrų g. 20,

LT-11342, Vilnius

www.animatrix.lt

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Colours are the most valuable things in the world of animation - almost like material goods in the world of humans. That is why everybody rides eye-catching coloured cars and wears glittering clothes. But one day, colours start disappearing. The town’s mayor, who is preparing for an election and the biggest colour festival, calls for Cameron the detective chameleon and his partner Paca the alpaca. Who is stealing the colours? Who  could  benefit from this and why?

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ELENA

Year – 2021
Duration – 13'
Countries – Lithuania, France, Croatia
Studios – Art Shot, Tripode Productions, Adriatic Animation
Technique – Puppet animation

Crew:
Director – Birutė Sodeikaitė
Script – Birutė Sodeikaitė
Production Designer – Birutė Sodeikaitė
Producers – Agnė Adomėnė, Delphine Schmit, Draško Ivezić

Contacts:

Agnė Adomėnė

Tel.: +370 620 88 522

Email.: agne@artshot.lt

Adr.: J. Savickio g. 21-3B, LT-01108, Vilnius

www.artshot.lt

Elena is enjoying her life in the clouds,  until she  meets a charming red crane and a seed starts growing inside her. Not ready for the changes and sacrifices that the seed brings to her life, Elena rips it out of her body. Soon she will realise the consequences of doing so.

THE WAR OF MUSHROOMS

Year – 2018
Duration – 10:10'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – Tylus kinas
Technika – 2D animacija

Crew:
Director – Antanas Skučas
Script – Antanas Skučas

Production Designers  – Ieva Miškinytė, Antanas Skučas
Producer – Antanas Skučas

Contacts:

Antanas Skučas

Tel.: +370 633 83 291

Email.: ant.skucas@gmail.com

Adr.: Žirmūnų g. 102-69, LT-09121, Vilnius

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Animated film based on a  poem by Justinas Marcinkevicius. A mighty army  of  mushrooms is ready to take over the forest. But are they big enough for the battle?

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Contacts:

Tel.: +370 682 96 128

El. p.: rasa@erafil.lt, giedre@pandora.be

KATU KATU

Year – 2021
Duration – 5:57'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – ERA FILM
Technique – Hybrid - cut out, hand drawn digital animation and live action

Crew:
Director– Giedrė Narušytė Boots
Producer – Rasa Miškinytė

A tiny caterpillar naps cosily with his kitty friends. A playful ball of wool wakes the caterpillar up. Teasing and tickling, the ball awakens the caterpillar’s dream to fly. The caterpillar follows the ball to the garden and together with the kitties they amuse themselves and mess around. Finally, the ball of wool leads the way into a spooky place, full of spiders. Their  friendship  overcomes fear of darkness and turns into magic. Live your dreams and you wilI fly.

RUNNING LIGHTS

Year – 2017
Duration – 11'
Countries – Lithuania, India, Finland
Studios – PETPUNK, OKTA, BFX CGI, Whitepoint
Technique – 3D / Stop motion animation

Crew:
Director – Gediminas Šiaulys
Script – Andrius Kirvela

Production Designer  – Gediminas Šiaulys
Producer – Miglė Pelakauskė

This story is about the eternal and unbreakable miracle of life and death. The unfortunate death of a  wild hare turns into a remarkable experience for children who find the body  and  bury  it  in a sand box. The buried hare’s life gradually fades away and dozens of magical creatures, who lived within, have to vacate the body and search for a new home. As the hare’s life dissolves into nature, it is  reborn  in various plants and  living things all around. A sad, yet bright and hopeful fairytale for children.

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Contacts:

Miglė Pelakauskė

Tel.: +370 685 51 745

Email.: migle.pelakauske@gmail.com

Adr.: Pylimo g. 33-20, LT-01309, Vilnius

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Contacts:

Email.: tomas@joniart.com

KILLER PENGUIN

Year – 2021
Duration – nėra
Countries – Lithuania, Slovenia, Argentina
Studios – ITD, OSA, Joni Art
Technique – Stop motion animation

Crew:

Author  – Tomas Tamošaitis
Director – Tomas Tamošaitis
Producers – Tomas Tamošaitis, Sara Bozanic, Rosario Carlino

Participatory web platform dedicated to problem teenagers and the animated films created with them. 

www.killer-penguin.com

BLUE MOON

Year – 2021
Duration – 9'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – Madstone
Technique – 3D animation

Crew:
Director – Vytautas Kazlauskas
Script – Vytautas Kazlauskas, Živilė Zablackaitė

Composer and Sound Designer - Maksimilianas Opriška
Producer – Austėja Gaputytė

Animator – Vytautas Kazlauskas

Contacts:

Vykintas Labanauskas

Email.: vykintas@glasselephantsstudio.com

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The allegorical journey of a whale through space, reliving his life - which, surprisingly, is similar to our own.

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GRANDMA'S PANCACES

Year – 2019
Duration – 2'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – Glass Elephants Creative Studio
Technique – Puppet animation

Crew:
Directors and Screenplay – Vykintas Labanauskas, Dominyka Adomaitytė

Cinematographer – Ondrej Nedved

Sound Designer – Dominyka Adomaitytė

Foley Mix – Anna Žihlová
Producer – Vykintas Labanauskas

Contacts:

Vykintas Labanauskas

Email.: vykintas@glasselephantsstudio.com

A film about a grandmother desperately awaiting a visit.

MORA MORA

Year – 2021
Duration – 10'
Country – Lithuania
Studios:

Production Company: Meno avilys

Animation Studio: Akis bado
Technique – 2D animation

Crew:
Director – Jurga Šeduikytė

Animation Director – Robertas Nevecka

Background Artist – Gediminas Skyrius

Composer – Jurga Šeduikytė
Producer – Giedrė Burokaitė

Animators – Lina Vaiškūnaitė, Pijus Balkaitis,

Pijus Čeikauskas, Justinas Erminas

Contacts:

Tel.: +370 675 21 161

Email.: giedre@menoavilys.org

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Little Mora is sinking into an endless sea. What looks like a little island turns out to be a floating piano — her transitory salvation. Discovering she can conjure up the wind by pressing piano keys, Mora starts a journey through a sleeping world. Getting acquainted  with its features and creatures, Mora looks for ways to bring it back to life.

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Goat Luck - Bad Luck is based on the humorous folk tales of Lithuania’s pre-war Jewish community, famous for a wonderful human quality of seeing the positive, and playing down the horrible side of any circumstance. There lived in a small shtetl a tailor  and his big family, part of a hard- working community of tailors, shoe makers, poor musicians and great wise men. Who would have ever guessed how much happiness or distress in a household could be caused by a goat!

GOAT LUCK - BAD LUCK

Year – 2017
Duration – 16,30'
Country –
Lithuania
Studio – Vilanima
Technique – 2D animation

Crew:
Director and Script – Ilja Bereznickas

Artists – Ilja Bereznickas, Ieva Miškinytė

Composers – „Fajerlech“, „Nayekhovichi“

Sound – Artūras Pugačiauskas

Editing – Valentas Aškinis
Producer – Valentas Aškinis

Animators – Ilja Bereznickas, Jurgita Vaidilaitė, Ramona Bujutė, Lina Šimėnienė, Audra Matukienė, Darija Čiuželytė, Danas Bereznickas

Contacts:

Tel.:  +370 610 47 151

Email.: tindirindis_festival@yahoo.com

Adr.: Antakalnio g. 116-33, LT-10200, Vilnius

LOOK!

Year – 2017
Duration – 3:30'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – Meinart
Technique – 2D animation

Crew:
Director – Meinardas Valkevičius

Script – MeinArt komanda

Production Designer – Eglė Palubeckytė

Composers – Andrius Račinskas, Robertas Maliauka
Producers – Meinardas Valkevičius, Akvilė Bliujūtė

Production – MeinArt

Human activity does not always have a positive effect on our planet. The short animated film “Look" explores natural cycles of exchange between humans and animals. Dare to look and change the world.

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Contacts:

Meinardas Valkevičius

Tel.: +370 696 91 051

Email.: info@meinart.lt

Adr.: Raugyklos g. 21A, LT-01140, Vilnius

www.meinart.lt

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The story of a girl who is trying to deal with her illness. Imagining the illness as a lion and herself as a unicorn, she goes through the different stapes of acceptance.

LAST STOP - THE MOON

Year – 2017
Duration – 9'
Countries – Lithuania, Poland
Studios – Art Shot, Likaon
Technique – Puppet animation

Crew:
Director and Script – Birutė Sodeikaitė

Production Designer – Birutė Sodeikaitė

Composer – Ramūnas Motiekaitis
Producers – Agnė Adomėnė, Justyna Rucinska

Contacts:

Agnė Adomėnė

Tel.: +370 620 88 522

Email.: agne@artshot.lt

Adr.: J. Savickio g. 21-3B, LT-01108, Vilnius

www.artshot.lt

GUGI BAND

Year – 2018
Duration – 15'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – IRON DIGITAL
Technique – Interactive fairy tale

Crew:
Director – Vesta Juocevičiūtė

Script – Vesta Juocevičiūtė, Andrius Gricius

Production Designer – Vilma Šeškevičienė

Composer – Lukas Pačkauskas

Actors – Karolis Dapkus, Bill Hunt
Producers – Jonas Adomaitis, Dailius Dargis

Contacts:

Vesta Juocevičiūtė

Tel.: +370 612 22 198

Email.: vesta@irondigital.eu

Adr.: Fabijoniškių g. 47-9, LT-07118, Vilnius

www.irondigital.eu

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It has been hundreds of years since winter and frost took the Sprite forest into their grip. Šelmis, the grandfather of a forest gnome family, knows an old secret: spring will come if the missing members of the Gugi Band come together and play on the Forest stage. This interactive story follows the grandfather on his quest to find the missing Gugi Band, with the involvement of the audience to determine his path.

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Mikas the bear lives only with his constantly-working mom Rita and has never seen his dad. Every day after school, Mikas and his best friends - the   energetic squirrel Sonata and the pessimist cat Gabriel - meet at the Milkshake Bar. One day at the bar, the friends unexpectedly come across the photo of a bun-eating champion bear who looks an awful lot like Mikas. Perhaps that’s Mikas’ dad?

MILKSHAKE BAR

Year – 2020
Duration – 12'
Country –
Lithuania
Studio – Art Shot
Technique – 2D animation

Crew:
Director – Urtė Oettinger

Script – Urtė Oettinger, Agnė Adomėnė, Marija Kavtaradzė

Editing – Libor Nemeškal

Sound Designer – Monika Kosmauskaitė-Žižiūnė

Composers – Paulius Kilbauskas, Vygintas Kisevičius

Animator – Urtė Oettinger
Producer– Agnė Adomėnė

Voiced by – Justinas Jarutis, Vytautas Rašimas, Agnė Kaktaitė, Marija Laukė, Gelminė Glemžaitė, Oneida Kunsunga-Vildžiūnienė

Contacts:

Agnė Adomėnė

Tel.: +370 620 88 522

Email.: agne@artshot.lt

Adr.: J. Savickio g. 21-3B, LT-01108, Vilnius

www.artshot.lt

AFTER DEATH, BEFORE HELL

Year – 2017
Duration – 10:20'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – Art Shot
Technique – Cut-out animation

Crew:
Director – Tomas Ramanauskas

Script – Tomas Ramanauskas

Editing – Tomas Ramanauskas, Skirma Jakaitė

Sound Engineers – Manfredas Bajelis, Vytautas Rasimavičius

Voiced by – Glenn Wrage
Producer – Agnė Adomėnė

Contacts:

Agnė Adomėnė

Tel.: +370 620 88 522

Email.: agne@artshot.lt

Adr.: J. Savickio g. 21-3B, LT-01108, Vilnius

www.artshot.lt

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A hopeless criminal sits by the fire thinking about the end of his life. A well-meaning Comanche appears out of nowhere to tell his fortune. It seems that the criminal  will have an amazingly adventurous life. Soon after telling the future, the indian is shot and so is our hero. Yet the prophecy turns out to be true - the criminal begins to live out his promised life... after death

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A film inspired by one of the most famous and popular Lithuanian folk tales. Orphan Sigutė is constantly abused and exploited by her wicked stepmother. Will the stepmother succeed in killing Sigutė once and for all? Goodness and love overcome all the hardships and the evil intentions. Folk wisdom infuses this animated fairy tale for children.

SIGUTĖ

Year – 2021
Duration – 20'
Country –
Lithuania

Studio – Vilanimos Film Studio
Technique – 2D animation

Crew:
Director and Script – Zenonas Tarakevičius

Production Designer – Zenonas Tarakevičius

Background Artists – Dalia raicevičiūtė, Rūta Kerbelytė, Katsiaryna Makhniova

Camera – Valentas Aškinis

Editing – Valentas Aškinis
Producer – Valentas Aškinis

Animators – Zenonas Tarakevičius, Raimonda Bujutė, Ramūnas Graželis

Contact:

Tel.:  +370 610 47 151

Email.: tindirindis_festival@yahoo.com

Adr.: Antakalnio g. 116-33, LT-10200, Vilnius

SNOW SHELTER

Year – 2020
Duration – 16'
Country – Lithuania

Studios:

Production Company: Meno avilys

Animation Studio: Akis bado
Technique – 2D animation


Crew:
Director – Robertas Nevecka

Composer – Domas Strupinskas

Background Artist – Gediminas Skyrius
Producer – Giedrė Burokaitė

Animators – Pijus Balkaitis, Pijus Čeikauskas, Robertas Navecka

Contacts:

Tel.: +370 675 21 161

Email.: giedre@menoavilys.org

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It's a freezing winter in a modern-day Vilnius devastated by war. Several years after the destruction, the city is slowly  rebuilding  itself. A 30-year-old guy is squatting in an apartment with  a  group of strangers. He struggles to survive and find a little comfort in this rough setting. One night, he almost burns down the flat trying to keep warm. When his room-mates begin to hate him, he has to find another shelter.

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ROOTS

Year – 2021
Duration – 5'
Country – Lithuania
Studio – 
Technique – Hand-drawn animation

Crew:
Director – Jonas Juškaitis

Sound Design – Emilija Juzeliūnaitė
Producer – Jonas Juškaitis

Animator – Matas Juškaitis

Appeared in the film – Rugilė Zastarskytė, Jokūbas Davidavičius, Simas Davidavičius, Domas Klimavičius, Vytas Klimavičius. Mėta Mataitytė

Contacts:

Jonas Juškaitis

Email.: jonas.juskaitis@gmail.com

Roots is a short animated film about teenagers born during Lithuania’s independence. The film talks through buildings and hair, displaying the complex nature of growing up in a post-Soviet country. The film reveals their emotional connection with the environment, merging animation and interviews with the kids who are living in brutalist Soviet housing blocks.The film is hand painted frame by-by-frame animation using ink and paper, and enhanced with photo collages.

HOPSCOTCH AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Year – 2018
Duration – 24'
Countries – Lithuania, Ireland

Studios – Kinomind Films, Ink & Light
Technique – 2D animation


Crew:
Director – Katerina Lavrionova

Script – Katy Segrove

Composer – Dean Valentine
Producers – Inesa Ivanova, Gabija Budreckytė

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Its Christmas! There's much excitement in Hopscotch’s home town.  Everything  around is beautifully decorated  except for Barbara’s house. She has been so busy organising a Christmas party that she forgot about the Christmas tree! Hopscotch takes charge and brings down an old artificial tree from the attic. The tree falls apart! They hurry around town in search of the perfect tree, but will they find it in time before their Christmas party begins?

Contacts:

Gabija Budreckytė

Tel.: +370 607 27 207

Email.: hello@kinomindfilms.com

www.kinomindfilms.com

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Contacts:

Miglė Pelakauskė

Tel.: +370 685 51 745

Email.: migle.pelakauske@gmail.com

Adr.: Pylimo g. 33-20, LT-01309, Vilnius

SHINE

Year – 2018
Duration – 6'
Country – Lithuania

Studio – PETPUNK
Technique – 3D / Stop Motion animation

Crew:
Director and Script – Gediminas Šiaulys

Production Designer – Elena Dvoreckaja

Composer – Vytautas Leistrumas
Produser – Miglė Pelakauskė

Shine is an animated short film  which  visualises a symbolic fig ht for the preservation and use of the Lithuanian language in the l9th and 20th centuries. The boy protagonist leads the viewer through this poetic ode to the nation and its difficult struggle to keep its language alive. Different stages in the struggle - press prohibition and book smuggling in the Russian Empire, Stalin‘s mass deportations to Siberia, movements for independence from the USSR. A re-rendered in beautiful   stop-motion images inspired by the works of Lithuanian painters.

COMBING

Year – 2019
Duration – 5'
Country – Lithuania

Studio – Vilnius Academy of Arts
Technique – Hand-drawn Animation


Crew:
Director and Script – Eglė Davidavičė

Composer and Sound Director – Dominyka Adomaitytė

Camera – Klementas Leonas Davidavičius
Produser – Eglė Davidavičė

Animator – Eglė Davidavičė

Combing is a meditative act leading to contemplation and introspection. This is an animated self portrait sculpted in motion and time about memory and one’s relationship with the other. Hair becomes a symbolic thread that connects past and present, memories and the present father- daughter relationship.

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Contacts:

Eglė Davidavičė

Email.: sleepy.egle@gmail.com

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Contacts:

Tel.: +370 682 96 128

Email.: rasa@erafil.lt, giedre@pandora.be

A DOG NAMED SHEEP

Year – 2020
Duration – 5'30'
Countries –
Lithuania, Belgium
Studio – ERA FILM
Technique – Digital cut-out animation

Crew:
Director – Giedrė Narušytė Boots
Producer – Rasa Miškinytė

An animation film with encyclopaedically precise fantasies and fabled historical facts. For 200 years, the legend of Napoleon’s lost gold has haunted Lithuania. The Grande Armée, packed with silver and gold, was unable to pass the frozen Panerių mountain and the treasure was lost in a snowstorm. Sergeant Bourgogne describes everything in his memoirs... Or is this just a fable? Maybe the magpies can tell us more? Or an army dog. Not me, that’s for sure...

VILNIUS STORIES

Year – 2021
Duration – 200' / 30' : 65 short animated stories and 5 VR stories
Country – Lithuania
Studios – OKTA, Nebula
Technique – 2D animation

Crew:
Director – Kristina Buožytė
Creative Director – Vitalijus Žukas
Producer – Jelizaveta Šutova Jugaj

Vilnius stories is a cycle of adventurous stories about the Lithuanian capital, the daily life of its inhabitants and the merits of prominent personalities.

In virtual reality, it will be possible to see the attractively and colourfully presented legend of the founding of the city of Vilnius, to enjoy a walk along a Jewish street with images of a fully restored street and people  from  the l8th century,  to  fly  through the magnificent Church of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul.

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Contacts:

Tel.: +370 608 11 712

Email.: info@oktastudio.com

WINTER IN THE RAINFOREST

Year – 2019
Duration – 7'
Countries – Lithuania, Estonia, Mexico
Studios – Art Shot, Nukufilm, Estudio Carabás
Technique – Puppet animation

Crew:
Director – Anu-Laura Tuttelberg

Script – Anu-Laura Tuttelberg

Composer – Maarja Nuut
Producers – Andres Mänd, Daniel Irabien Peniche, Agnė Adomėnė

Contacts:

Agnė Adomėnė

Tel.: +370 620 88 522

Email.: agne@artshot.lt

Adr.: J. Savickio g. 21-3B, LT-01108, Vilnius

www.artshot.lt

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Scenes of the dance of life and death in lush, tropical nature as it is lived day by day, year by year, by the magical creatures that inhabit the wilderness of our dreams.

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We live in the same building, but in different apartments, with different jobs, circumstances, beliefs and visions. Each in our own compartment, we fool ourselves that the world is one and that it exists. Sometimes it seems that an incomprehensible thread becomes visible and I am on a verge of understanding... A film about the other side of life - the scary, unknown side we never fully grasp, but we know is there, somewhere near, so close.

THE JUGGLER

Year – 2018
Duration – 11'
Countries – Lithuania, France
Studios – Art Shot, Tripode Productions, Perspective Films
Technique – 2D animation

Crew:
Director – Skirmanta Jakaitė

Script – Skirmanta Jakaitė

Production Designer – Skirmanta Jakaitė
Producers – Agnė Adomėnė, Delphine Schmit

Contacts:

Agnė Adomėnė

Tel.: +370 620 88 522

Email.: agne@artshot.lt

Adr.: J. Savickio g. 21-3B, LT-01108, Vilnius

www.artshot.lt