Giedrė Beinoriūtė (1976) has been making feature and documentary films since 1997. She studied film and television directing at the Faculty of Film and Theatre at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, and received an MA in 2011. She was awarded a prize for best professional debut in the arts by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture for her films Egzistencija (Existence, 2004) and Vulkanovka. Po Didžiojo kino (Vulkanovka. After the Grand Cinema, 2005). She founded the Monoklis studio in 2006, along with Antanas Gluskinas and Jurga Gluskinienė.
All of her films stand out with her unique view of subjects that touch on social and historical themes. The animated documentary Gyveno senelis ir bobutė (Grandpa and Grandma, 2007) was inspired by her grandparents’ memories of their exile to Siberia. Childhood, along with a light and sincere irony, which shines through even in the most difficult moments in life, mark many of her films. Closeness, the search for friendship, and the reality of Soviet life are brought back in the film Balkonas (The Balcony, 2008), which won the prize for Best Short Film at the National Silver Crane 2009 Cinema and Television Film Awards. Her latest documentary film Pokalbiai rimtomis temomis (Conversations on Serious Topics, 2012) does not contain any extraneous action, decoration, landscapes or special effects. It is a film about children and teenagers, who talk about loneliness, love and the world around them.