Arūnas Matelis was born in 1961 in Kaunas, Lithuania. He first studied mathematics at Vilnius University, then in 1989 he graduated from Lithuanian Music Academy, Theatre and TV faculty. In 1991 Arūnas Matelis established one of the first independent film production company in Lithuania called “Nominum”. Films directed by Arūnas Matelis were awarded and presented in many film festivals around the world, like Cannes, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Torino, Sao Paulo and others. His latest film “Before Flying Back to the Earth” has been nominated by European Film Academy for The best European Documentary of 2005 and received 10 international awards.
Since 1994 Matelis is a delegated member of Lithuanian Radio and TV Commission. Chairman of Documentary guild of Lithuanian Filmmakers union. He was also a chairman of Lithuanian film experts’ board for several years.
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