Rampart took home the top prize in the European Debut Competition Photo: Courtesy of Vilnius Film Festival
The 45-year-old had previously made conflict-zone film Mariupolis about the city. The Ukrainian Defence Ministry said: “While (he was) trying to leave Mariupol, Russian occupiers killed Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius.”
Vilnius Film Festival - which has kept its thoughts with Ukraine throughout this year's edition - began with a minute's silence in Kvedaravičius' honour.
A minute's silence in memory of Mantas Kvedaravičius Photo: Courtesy of Vilnius Film Festival
He added: "Mantas dedicated his work to the areas of conflict, the reality of war and the humanity that shines in that darkness. His cinema was and will be extremely important not only today, "
Turning to the European Debut competition, Serbian director Marko Grba Singh's Rampart - about a man who returns to his childhood home of Belgrade - was named best film. Helena Girón and Samuel M Delgado took home the best director award for historic drama They Carry Death. The acting awards went to Giedrius Kiela for Pilgrims and Marina Redžepović for The Staffroom.
The FIPRESCI award went to Kornél Mundruczó for Evolution, while the audience award was won by The Worst Person In The World.
The short film competition was won by Impossible Figures And Other Stories I, with Swiss director Jela Hasler picking up a special mention for her subway film On Solid Ground.