Borderline | Before they meet

border Lithuania - Kaliningrad Oblast
a film by Vytautas Puidokas
In production
Only birds seem to be able to migrate freely to Kaliningrad, a small, unknown part of Russia completely surrounded by the European Union.

On each side of the border between Lithuania and the Russian exclave Kaliningrad, there is an ornithologic station, researching the migration of millions of birds crossing this border region. Today both ornithologic stations make a first attempt to cross borders through a common bird research project. But will they be 2 birds of a feather?

About the director

A freelance documentary filmmaker based in Vilnius, Lithuania. Has a degree in Media and Film studies at the University of Surrey (UK). His career started in Lithuanian National Television, where he has worked as a scriptwriter and director. His debut feature-length documentary 'El Padre Medico' was nominated for best documentary in Lithuania, also shown in festivals in Europe and USA. Apart from documentaries Vytautas is also creating music videos and video installations. His work covers topics related to migration, history and identity.


a film by
Vytautas Puidokas

written by
Vytautas Puidokas
Frederik Nicolai

edited by
Anna Savchenko

Kristina Sereikaitė

original music by
Frédéric Vercheval

sound edit & design
Rune Hansen

sound mix
Jean-François Levillain

Awards & festivals

Fipadoc 2022 - voices of Europe competition
Biarritz, International premiere

Inconvenient Films 2021 - Main competition
Vilnius, National premiere

Bergamo Film Meeting 2022 - close up competition
first special mention

Pärmu Film Festival 2022

Docpoint 2023 

Pitched at Baltic Sea Forum, Riga, Latvia 2017
Pitched at Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden 2019


Production Details

a Off World production

in co-production with 

in co-production with 
Relation04 Media
Umedia i
n association with Ufund

with the Support from 
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF | MEDIA)
Lithuanian Film Center
Screen Brussels | Brussels Capital Region
The Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter
Norwegian Film Center
Filmfond Nord
Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union