Black Market Buddhist
1st Prize, TRT Awards, Turkey, 2012 Official Selection, Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2012
Lukas Trimonis attended the Baltic Film and Media School and the European Film College. He completed Maia Workshops in Italy and received the European Certificate in Audiovisual Financing and Commercialization from the French National Audiovisual Institute. His experience ranges from producing numerous commercial projects including music videos, short films, commercials, viral videos to working within film distribution, financing, post-production and SFX/VFX.
Egle Vertelyte is a Lithuanian screenwriter and director. After finishing history in Vilnius University she attended European Film College in Denmark, where she has made her first short films. After finishing her studies, she came back to Lithuania where she worked with Studio Nominum helping to develop various media projects. During that time she has also directed a TV broadcast 25th frame on Lithuanian National Television. In 2009 Egle moved to Mongolia, where she worked as an assistant at National Mongolian University for the lecture of visual anthropology, did a volunteering job at several non- governmental organizations and filmed UB LAMA. At the moment Egle studies on the MA in Screenwriting at National Film and Television School in the UK and works for a daily newspaper Respublika as a special correspondent.
Egle Vertelyte lived in Mongolia for over a year. She became interested in Mongolian Buddhism and started to work as a volunteer teacher for young lamas or monks at the Pethub monastery in Ulaanbaatar. There she met a boy Galbatrakh, who tried to enter the monastery.
Galaa seemed like a very interesting and complex character and Egle spontaneously started to film his journey. After a while Egle visited boy's family in Bayankhushuu yurt district and began to film at their yurt. Galaa, his little brother Turuu and mother Byambaa accepted her into their lives. She would go there almost everyday, prepare food, bring water and make fire with them. Boys taught her Mongolian language and protected her from wild dogs.
Later Egle found out that Galaa earns for living while selling cigarettes in a black market. Filming there seemed dangerous for a foreign female, so Mongolian assistants helped Egle to shoot this material. Tsetsentsolmon Baatarnaran who is anthropologist - musicologist at National Mongolian University helped Egle to translate and interpret the footage. Egle filmed Galaas family around half a year within a span of May of 2009 until October of 2010. She had nearly 100 hours of material.