The Nordic-Baltic Shorts Network was founded in 2010 by eight festivals with a mission to deepen the cooperation between Nordic film festivals. The aim is to strengthen the position of Nordic short films by collaborations and networking, by exchanging information and ideas. Since the inception, the three Baltic nations have been included in the cooperation and expanded its reach.
Main goals and activities:
• Cooperation platform for Nordic & Baltic short film festivals
• Promotion of Nordic & Baltic short film
• Seminars and discussions
• Travelling screenings North in Shorts
- The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway
- OFF – Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
- Skábmagovat Film Festival, Finland
- Tampere Film Festival, Finland
- Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden
- Northern Wave Festival, Iceland
- Riga International Film Festival, Latvia
- Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuania
- PÖFF Shorts (Black Nights Film Festival), Estonia
- 2ANNAS – Riga International Short film festival, Latvia
Baltic Shorts is one of the networking organizations and its goal is to offer and promote the best short films made by the Baltic States to the international film community.
The Baltic Shorts organization includes the Lithuanian short film agency "Lithuanian Shorts", the Tallinn film festival section "PÖFF Shorts", ISFF 2ANNAS and Short Riga (Riga IFF), the Latvian Animation Association.
Each year, 2ANNAS with cooperation partners from Baltic Shorts visit the biggest short film festival and market in the world - Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France.
The Clermont-Ferrand festival is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious short film festivals in the world, in terms of audience and professional presence, it is the second largest film festival in France (after Cannes).
Within the framework of the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival, each year there is organized a short film market, where for the third year, a common stand of the Baltic States, organized by Baltic Shorts (including 2ANNAS), will be operating. Baltic short film screenings are planned at this stand, in which each Baltic country will show films made in its own country, introducing the latest trends in the Baltic short film landscape to an international audience.
However, the Baltic Pitching Forum is a unique opportunity to present European film producers, representatives of TV and film festivals, as well as other industry experts with emerging animation and game short film projects for further cooperation and fundraising. The Baltic Pitching Forum takes place in two stages. On the first day, there will be a seminar and a meeting with European film industry experts, while on the second day, will be held project presentations.
The Baltic Pitching forum is organized by the Lithuanian short film agency LITHUANIAN SHORTS cooperation with Riga International Film Festival, Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS, PÖFF Shorts (section of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival), Estonia,Short Film Center | ShortEst and Creative Europe Desk Lithuania MEDIA office.
2ANNAS has been a member of the European Film Aacademy since 2014. This helps 2ANNAS with international visibility. 2ANNAS is represents itself as a serious player in the European short film festival scene. Members of the 2ANNAS team regularly participate in various events organized by the European Film Academy - both in the presentation of awards and in various master classes.
At these events, the 2ANNAS team learns about the latest in the field of cinema, learns, and also acquires new contacts and cooperation partners. Access to the film archive of the European Film Awards ensures that 2ANNAS curators are aware of the latest trends in European cinema.
Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS has been a member of the Short Film Conference since 2018. Participating in this network is important for 2ANNAS, because the Short Film Conference brings together the most important short film festivals in the world, which gives us the opportunity to organize joint events with other members, to create mutual cooperation both in program exchange and in attracting industry professionals.
Every year, 2ANNAS participates in the Short Film Conference meeting, which takes place in February at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France, and we are also active in the "Short Film of the Year" nomination process.