Summer MEDIA Studio (SMS) is an international workshop for European film students. It’s an intensive two – week training, which includes practical filming in international crews and team consultations, lectures taught by internationally renowned professionals.

Producer in film

„SMS 2014“ will introduce the language and practice of producing and filmmaking through a combination of lectures, screenings, shooting, editing and presentations. Participants will learn fundamental producing skills needed to begin to understand creative producing in an increasingly complex global marketplace. The basics of pitching, development of a project, scheduling and budgeting along with basics of financing, packaging, distribution, and marketing strategies will be studied. With an assistance of industry professionals and lecturers, 10 international shooting crews will accomplish 10 short – documentary and experimental films.

Who can participate

Students of European film schools and young professionals. Each crew will include producer, director/scriptwriter, cinematographer, sound designer, film composer, editor.


SMS 2014 will take place from 20 th of June till 4th of July, 2014 in Neringa, Lithuania. Neringa is one of the most beautiful resort areas at the Baltic seaside. It‘s an exceptional place of recreation with unique nature and specific culture which inspired and continues to inspire artist throughout the world. Curonian Spit is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a site of cultural landscapes that has many natural and cultural values.It‘s an exceptional place for recreation with unique nature and specific culture which inspired and continues to inspire artists throughout the world. 

Please take Your time to enjoy the panoramas and get inspired for your film!


Short documentary and experimental films will be shot in Neringa and Klaipėda regions


How the workshop works

Summer MEDIA Studio 2014 is composed this way:

• 4 days of intensive seminars & workshops (pitching session, lectures)

• 4 days devoted to practical work (shooting)

• 4 days of final review (editing, postproduction, screening, and evaluation)


Registration to the EU film schools workshop “Summer Media studio” begins! Project supported by “MEDIA Training” program.

From June 20th to July 4th, 2014, students from the EU film and media high schools, in collaboration with professional lecturers, are going to gather in one of the most beautiful natural areas in the Baltic countries – the Curonian Spit, Lithuania – for the 16th time. Registration to one of the most anticipated workshops for young film makers in the region has already started. All film and media students from the EU countries are able to apply to the „Summer Media Studio“ workshop. During the two weeks the participants will have the opportunity to attend theoretical training, manage film projects, consult with the best experts and make films using the latest shooting, audio and editing equipment. The main topic of this year’s “Summer Media Studio” workshop is „Producer in Film“. 10 internationally formed teams will develop ideas for documentary and experimental films during the two weeks of workshops. They are going to learn how to reconcile the creative ideas and opportunities in order to realize them. Experienced tutors will introduce participants to major film producing and production rules. Participants of the “Summer Media Studio” workshop will gain deeper knowledge about film financing, distribution and film selling strategies. The main porpose of this training – to unite young film makers from different countries for collective educational and creative activities – has been in place for some time. But each year because of tutors, participants and creative challenges, the “Summer Media Studio” workshop is unique and one of its kind. “Year by year this workshop is getting bigger and better – last year students from 25 different schools in 12 different EU countries attended the workshop” – says the head of the “Summer Media Studio” Inesa Kurklietytė. “Summer Media Studio” is organized by the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. The project is supported by “MEDIA Training”, Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science.


• have an education and practical experience of the particular position he/she applies for;
• be highly motivated to work in international crews and unusual locations;
• be able to communicate in English, as English is the official working language of SMS;
• send the application form and all annexes required before May 15th, 2014.


• application form;
• letter of motivation (up to 200 words);
• synopsis for a short film which will be shot during the project in Neringa and Klaipėda regions, Lithuania. A minnimum 2000 characters required for script writers and directors, optional for ohers;
• Curriculum Vitae;


Participant fee is 200 euros. The SMS organizers offer some scholarships for the selected participants (excluding international travel costs) while applying. Applicants should indicate that he/she applies for a scholarship and describe clearly why the financial support is needed.


Online application can be found at www.summermediastudio.com. Application period – from 1st of April to 15th of May, 2014. Participants should apply to be a director, cinematographer, sound designer, producer, editor or composer.

Selection criteria: audiovisual education, theoretical and technical knowledge, practical experience, strong motivation, interest in visual solution of a film, and ability to work in international teams. For producers, directors and scriptwriters quality of synopsis is a very important selection criteria.



Arrivals to Vilnius, getting to a hotel. Vilnius sightseeing (individual).


10.00 Departure to SMS in Juodkrantė, Neringa
16:00 Arrival to SMS. Settling in Ąžuolynas hotel. Individual sightseeing.

18:00 Opening ceremony in the Cinema hall. Introduction of the workshop: tutors team, seminars, participants and working schedule. Film screening: documentary about SMS 2013 „ Dance in film“

20.00 Opening party


10.00 Seminar ”How to prepare for a pich” by Annakaisa Sukura
11.00 Pitching session for directors and scriptwriters and other participants in the cinema hall
15.00 Selection of the best synopsis by tutors
16.00 Forming film crews
17.00 Script consultations for film crews with tutors
20.00 Presentation of film by Annakaisa Sukura


10.00 Seminar: „Producing short films: The Art of the possible“ by Jonathan Tammuz
12.00 Seminar „Directors point of view to a film production“ by Tinatin Kajrishvili
15.00 Seminar „Post production, Distribution & Marketing shorts“ by Jonathan Tammuz
17.00 Script consultations for film crews with tutors / Location scouting


10.00 Seminar „Co - production guidelines for a young producer“ by Stasys Baltakis
13.00 Script consultations for film crews with tutors
15.00 Seminar „How to raise funds from private sponsors, How to promote your film worldwide? How to convince a producer?“ by Sebastien Aubert
17:00 Location scouting


10.00 Seminar by Maartje Bakers
13.00 Script consultations for film crews with tutors
15.00 Location scouting
18.00 Technical and script consultations, consultations for sound directors - important things to know on location

JUNE 26 - 29

Film crews shooting

JUNE 30 - JULY 2

Editing / Script re-developing, consultations with tutors, sound postproduction, teamwork


10.00 Editing / Script re-developing, consultations with tutors, sound postproduction, teamwork
18.00 Public screening of SMS 2014 films
21.00 Award ceremony


10.00 Leaving Juodkrantė to Vilnius. Departures from Vilnius

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