TALLINN: The Riga Film
Fund has fueled a boom in foreign productions in Latvia with nine
foreign productions shooting in this Baltic state in 2011. Surprisingly producers from Asia including Japan, India and Korea have discovered Latvia as a location for Normandy on D-Day and
other European locations.
Dimisevskis head of production and development at the Latvian National Film
Center said : "Before the
Riga Film Fund we had one or two productions a year. This year we will have
The Riga Film Fund supported 12 foreign projects in 2010
and 2011 with seven of them shooting in 2011. The total was about 2.4m EUR in support
as a tax rebate. On average the
productions got 10 - 13 % of their budget from the tax rebate. .
Guntis Trekteris of Ego Media (www.egomedia.lv) serviced the Bollywood production Maatraan directed by K. V. Anand which
shot in Latvia in March and again in
"Flexibility is one of the key requirements for meeting the demands of an
Indian production. Indian producers
have to shoot according to the availability of Bollywood stars so they often
give us only a week or two notice before arriving to shoot. It is a different way of working but we
were able to deliver what they needed and they plan to come back and shoot with
Other Asian productions shooting in Latvia included
the Japanese Clouds Above the Slope
and the Korean My Way.
Servicing of foreign productions has come at a good time
filling the gap in local productions which went into a tailspin after the
financial crisis of 2008.
Latvia was one of the hardest hit of
any country in the EU and its audiovisual sector is only now recovering the lost