13-02-2008

Latvian films win 36 awards worldwide in 2007

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A total of 131 films from Latvia screened worldwide at 230 international film events in 2007, according to the Latvian Film Centre. They included 17 fiction films, 33 documentaries and 81 animation films. Latvian films picked up 36 awards worldwide in 2007.

Latvian films traveled to film events in 51 countries, led by the US with 23 film festivals and France with 18 followed by Italy and Germany (each 14), Russia and Canada (each 13), Spain (11) and Britain (10).

The top three Latvian films of 2007 on the festival circuit were Lost in Snow by Vladimir Leschiov (produced by Jet Media) which screened at 37 events; the animation Teat Beat of Sex, directed and produced by Signe Baumane, with 31 events; and the feature film The Hostage by Laila Pakalnina (produced by Hargla) with 28 events.

 

COMPARATIVE STATISTICS 2000 - 2007

 

YEAR

NUMBER OF FESTIVALS

 

NUMBER OF AWARDS

FILMS AWARDED

NUMBER

OF COUNTRIES

1999

 

20

2

The Little Devils and The Ball - 1 award each

Total: 2 films awarded

12

2000

 

60

8

New Times at Crossroad Street - 5 awards.

Following titles 1 award each:

Egg Lady, Home Hole Horrors, Follow Me!

Total: 4 films awarded.

23

2001

 

104

18

Egg Lady - 5 awards, New Times at Crossroad Street - 2 awards, Roof on the Moonway- 4 awards, Up and Down - 2 awards.

Total: 8 films awarded.

33

2002

 

104

10

Good Hands - 3 awards, Leaving by the Way - 2 awards. 5 awards for different other titles.

Total: 6 films awarded.

31

2003

 

184

18

Grandad's Honey - 4 awards, Flashback - 3 awards, The Followers - 3 awards, Women - 3 awards, Cats - 2 awards. Total: 10 films awarded

46

2004

 

162

18

The Python - 2 awards, Bus - 2 awards, Keep Smiling! - 2 awards, Waterbomb for the Fat Tomcat - 2 awards.

Following titles one award each:

The Black Spawn, EU, Frosty Flowers, Going Into Darkness, Merry Christmas, The Trophy, Workshop in the Countryside, Mystery of the Old Parish House.

Total: 13 films awarded.

39

2005

245

31

Dentist and Insomnia - 6 awards, Antilion - 5 awards, Dreamland - 4 awards, Fallen and Moskatchka - 3 awards. The Home of The Sun, Filosopher escaped, For all my life and Binocular received 1 award each. Total:10 films awarded.

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2007

230

36

Hunting - 8 awards, Teat Beat of Sex - 8 awards, Lotte from Gadgetville ­- 4 awards, My Husband Andrei Sakharov and Lost in Snow - 2 awards each, Three Musketeers, Hurry up, Munchausen, Hurry, To Rememeber or to Forget, Theodore, The Hostage, Black Box, Veterinarian

- 1 award each. Total: 13 films awarded.

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