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"The prestigious British publication attention for Lithuanian director A. Matelis film"

“The prestigious British publication attention for Lithuanian director A. Matelis film” British publication The Guardian has published ten best and worthy to see post-Soviet countries films list, including Lithuanian director Arunas Matelis film “Before Flying Back to Earth” (2005). In this list it among films as Russian director Andrei Zviagintsevo “Leviathan” (2014), who was nominated for an Oscar last year, or Ukrainian Sergei Loznitsa “Maidan” (2014). Full ...


"Three Lithuanian films in the largest British Documentary Film Festival"

“Three Lithuanian films in the largest British Documentary Film Festival” June 10-15, 2016, in Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, Sheffield Doc / Fest“-  three Lithuanian films: directors Giedre Zickyte and Maite Alberdi film “I’m not from here”, Zivile Maciulyte – “Joan” and director Arunas Matelis film “Gladiators. A Different World”.     

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Arūnas Matelis is among few European film directors who have been honoured by one of most important US film industry prizes – Directors’ Guild of America (DGA) Award. This DGA Achievement Award for the best documentary went to Matelis for his previous (and the first full-length) documentary ‘Before Flying Back to the Earth’.

‘Before Flying Back to the Earth’ received more than 10 highly prestigious awards, including top prizes at IDFA/Amsterdam, DOKLeipzig, European Film Academy nomination and more. In addition, the film has inspired tens of thousands of people for many charity actions across the world.

So far Arūnas Matelis has directed 10 creative documentaries, some of which have been awarded with prizes in a dozen of international documentary film festivals as well as selected for Cannes (‘Directors’ Fortnight’ and ‘Critics’ Week’), Rotterdam, Torino, NYC MoMA, Moscow, and more. Moreover, MEDIA has recently given the highest score for one of his newest projects in production.

As a producer, Arūnas Matelis has established an independent film production company Studio Nominum and since 1992 has produced or co-produced there over 30 creative documentaries. The films created at the studio were selected for numerous international festivals, received over 20 international awards, and have been broadcast in tens of countries in Europe and Asia.

Arūnas Matelis is a member of European Film Academy and Chairman of the Lithuanian ‘Oscar’ Committee for Foreign Language Film entry selection.

Studio Nominum was founded in 1992 by award wining director and producer Arunas Matelis. Studio Nominum focuses main attention in film production, distribution, cinema events, interactive educational projects.

Studio Nominum produced or coproduced around 30 creative documentaries. We successfully worked with the well known Lithuanian film-makers, like: Henrikas Sablevicius, Audrius Stonys, Vytautas V.Lansbergis, Romas Lileikis, Oksana Buraja, Audrius Mickevicius and others.

Studio Nominum documentaries were screened in many world wide film festivals like: Cannes (“Directors’ fortnight” and “Critics’ Week”), Rotterdam, Torino, San Paulo, Oberhausen, Amsterdam/ IDFA, Leipzig, Moscow, Nyon, Silverdocs , Split, ZagrebDox, DocumentaMadrid and others. Well-know documentary festivals, like: IDFA Amsterdam, Leipzig, Florence “Festival dei Popoli”, Linz, Open Doek Film Festival (Belgium), MoMA (New York) and others arranged the retrospectives.

Studio Nominum own documentaries distributed in Lithuanian cinemas demonstrate the best results among documentaries by spectators (more than 22000), second best results by box office (the first “Winged Migration”), absolutely the best DVD sales (short “Flight over Lithuania” and the feature length “Before Flying Back to the Earth”).

Studio Nominum documentaries was broadcasted in tens of countries in Europe and Asia. Among our partners are ZDF/arte, YLE, MDR, North Westfalia Film Fund, Danish Film Institute, Tag/Traum (Germany), First Hand Films (Switzerland), Lighthouse (USA), Vides Filmu Studija (Latvia), etc.


‘Directors Guild of America Award’ for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
‘Golden Dove’ at Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival (Germany)
‘Silver Wolf’ at IDFA/International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
European Film Academy nomination for the Best Documentary of the Year
Special Prize at AFI Docs (formerly SilverDocs) (USA)
Main Prize at the international short film festival Oberhausen (Germany)
First prize at the international Madrid documentary festival DocumentaMadrid (Spain)
‘Big Stamp’ award at ZagrebDox (Croatia)
‘Spirit Award’ at Brooklyn Film Festival (USA)v Best Lithuanian Film of 2003
Best Lithuanian Film of 2005
‘Grand Prix’ and Special Prize at Pärnu International Film Festival (Estonia)
National Arts and Culture Award
Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas
World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Gold Medal for Creativity

Director’s Guild of America” award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
European Film Academy nomination for the best Documentary of the year
“Silver Wolf” at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam/IDFA (Netherlands)
„Golden Dove“ at Leipzig film festival (Germany)
First Prize – main award – at Documenta Madrid (Spain)
„Big Stamp Award” main award in Zagreb DOX (Croatia)
Special prize – Silverdocs (USA)
Spirit Award – Brooklyn film festival (USA)
Grand Prix at Parnu international documentary festival (Estonia)
2001 Best Lithuanian Film
2003 Best Lithuanian Film
2005 Best Lithuanian Film
Spectators prize –Nyon International Film Festival Visions du Reel (Switzerland)
Special prize – Gyor Mediawave International Film Festival (Hungary)
Grand Prix – SplitThe International Festival of New Film (Croatia)
Main Prize – Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany)
Special prize – Independent Film Festival Barselona (Spain)
Special prize – KinoShok Film Festival (Russia)
Kodak Vision Prize – “Arsenals” International Film Festival (Latvia)
National Culture and Art Award
World Intellectual Property Organization Creativity Award


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