Born in 1986, Dovilė Šarutytė graduated with a degree in film directing from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2009. Her student work Nasty Dream (2008) captured the attention of critics at home and abroad. I Know You, one of her first works as a director, was voted the Best Lithuanian Short Film at the 2010 Silver Crane Lithuanian Film Academy Awards. The film won the Main Prize at the 2010 Young Cinema Art World Student Film Festival in Poland. In 2011, she won a second Silver Crane Award for Not Lucky Today. 8 Minutes, her 2016 glimpse into a woman’s life, was recognized as the Best Lithuanian Short Film at the Scanorama Film Forum.