Eglė, the Queen of Serpents

Eglė žalčių karalienė

One of the most famous Lithuanian fairy tales is retold with a focus on identifying the causes of this tragedy

This VR experience is based on one of the most famous Lithuanian fairy tales, in which Eglė - the protagonist of the story - is forced to marry the king of serpents. However, the newlyweds are happy, and the couple has four children. Many years later, Eglė, homesick, visits her family, but for reasons not clearly identified in the original story, her brothers kill Eglė's husband. Eglė, overwhelmed by grief, turns her children and herself into trees. In this VR animated short, the viewer experiences the narrative through the outsider's eyes that previously interviewed six people who witnessed Eglė’s tragedy. Through flashbacks, the viewer is shown the stories the way they were told to him. In such a way, the VR viewers are left with the opportunity to come to their own conclusion about what truly happened and what is arguably even more important – what could have motivated one’s family to commit such horrible crimes.

Director and Scriptwriter
Tomas Mitkus

Target audience

The target audience for VR animated short “Eglė, the Queen of Serpents” consists of the following groups: • 14-35 year old viewers; • Frequent VR platform users; • Animation and VR festivals’ visitors. It is important to note that the VR platform still has relatively limited usage among casual viewers. Thus, this project aims first at reaching its viewers through film festivals and then through platforms that distribute VR content.

Production company

Studio Mitkus

Estimated budget


Funding secured

MB „Studio Mitkus“ [private investment], Lithuania, 3000.00 EUR The project is currently seeking state funding for the development stage from the national film centre.


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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