Frigid winter in a war-devastated, present-day city. Several years have passed since the destruction, and the city is slowly rebuilding. A thirty year-old guy is living as a squatter in an apartment with a group of strangers. He struggles to survive and also to find a little more comfort in this rough setting.

Running time: 16 min.
Released: 2020

Best short animation at Tirana International Film Festival, Albania, 2020
Best animated film at Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Ibiza, Spain, 2021
Best animated film award at 74th Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Salerno, Italy, 2020
Best animation at Geelong Underground Film Festival, Australia, 2020
Special award at BLON animation and games festival, Lithuania, 2020
Special mention at Mikro FAF International festival of DIY and indie short film, Serbia, 2020
Film festivals
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK, 2020
Ajayu, International Animation Festival, Peru, 2020
Animateka, International Animated Film Festival, Slovenia, 2020
Animation Block Party, US, 2020
Cinanima, International Animated Film Festival, Portugal, 2020
Kino pavasaris, Vilnius film festival, Lithuania, 2020

Lucca Film Festival & Europa Cinema, Italy, 2020
REX Animation Film Festival, Sweden, 2020
Riga International Film Festival, Latvia, 2020
Warsaw Animation Film Festival, Poland, 2020

Film Review by Vassilis Kroustallis
It is a fight for integrity from the start. More than distorted buildings, there are distorted emotions in the rubble of an unnamed but still beautiful to behold city. Between the sunlight of the exteriors and the shadowy interiors, reside people with white, but still hollow eyes;  in a post-political, post-institutional situation, where all it matters is a place to lodge and eat, Snow Shelter suddenly becomes very much like the depiction of our digital nomads era -minus the work and the pay. Actor movements and blocking show the obvious; they are trapped like rats in a cage, with reflex movements leading to disaster. Still, Snow Shelter is not a sinister, post-apocalyptic world; it imperceptibly tries to help its main character, and attempts to connect past ease with present worries, to construct a sense of identity. It is character-driven, honest and memorable.
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Cast: Justas Tertelis, Juozas Budraitis, Giedrius Kiela, Judita Urnikytė, Dovilė Šilkaitytė, Šarūnas Puidokas, Valerijus Jevsejevas
Director and screenwriter: Robertas Nevecka
Producer: Giedrė Burokaitė
Cinematographer: Vytautas Plukas
Sound design: Julius Grigelionis
Music: Domas Strupinskas
Costume design: Mingailė Skuodytė
Set design: Dravis Kavaliauskas
Background artist: Gediminas Skyrius
Animators: Pijus Balkaitis, Pijus Čeikauskas

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