Field of Magic

documentary / 62 min. / HD /2011 /  © Monoklis


Field of Magic is a docu-poem about people living for over two decades in Buda forest near the closed down Kariotiškės dump, 40 km from Vilnius, Lithuania. A result of four year’s work, the film captures the perspective of  the dump dwellers in telling the story of a dissolving community, its uniqueness, daily rhythm, peculiar way of life, every-day joys and sorrows.


Director and cinematographer Mindaugas Survila
Director of editing Danielius Kokanauskis
Sound director Saulius Urbanavičius
Producers Giedrė Beinoriūtė, Jurga Gluskinienė


2012 Audience Award at Brisbane International Film Festival (Australia)
2012  Audience Award at Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films-Human Rights film festival (Lithuania)
2012  3rd place in Lithuanian Competition at Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival (Lithuania)
2012   Best Documentary 2012 at National Film and TV awards „Silver Crane“
2009 ExOriente The Golden Funnel Award for the best developed project


2013.03 “Bergamo film meeting“ International film festival (Italy)
2012.12  International Anthropological Film Festival in Jerusalem (Israel)
2012.11  Brisbane International Film Festival (Australia) – BIFFDOCS – documentary competition
2012.11 Lunen international film festival (Germany)
2012.10  Ad Hoc: Inconvenient Films-Human Rights film festival
2012.09 Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival – Lithuanian Competition
2012.04 Hot Docs Toronto International Documentary Film Festival (Canada) – North American premiere/ World Showcase programme
2012.03 Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino Pavasaris” (Lithuania)
2012.01 Helsinki DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (Finaland)
2012.01 Tallin DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (Estonia)
2012.01 Trieste International Film Festival (Italy) – International premiere/International documentary competition
2011.11  Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival (Lithuania) – closing film
2011.09.27 Kaunas International Film Festival (Lithuania) – national premiere/opening film






Field of Magic in The Brisbane International Film Festival’2012

The Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) is the premier film event in Queensland, Australia, showcasing the best and most interesting cinema from around the world. BIFF celebrated its 21st anniversary in 2012 by taking over city cinema screens for 12 intense days of screenings, premieres and conversations with film-makers.

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Mindaugas Survila: “I just captured what unfolded before my eyes”

I was in the Buda forest a lot while I was making the film and these people started gradually accepting me into their circle: I’d accompany them to the dumping ground, spent the Christmas Eve and the New Year’s Eve with them.

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Documentary Project About the Kariotiškės dumping ground awarded at the Eastern European Forum in Jihlava

The Field of Magic documentary film project about people living in Kariotiškės dumping ground, directed by Mindaugas Survila and produced by the Monoklis studio, received success at the Eastern European Forum in Jihlava, Czech Republic and was awarded the Golden Funnel for the best developed project.

04 11 2009 MONOKLIS

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