Latvia Awaits 2011 Film Budget

The Latvian state budget for culture and the film industry will be approved at the beginning of 2011. The good news is that after the dramatic decrease in funding in…

PRODUCTION: Escaping Riga in Development

Director Davis Simanis and producer Liga Gaisa are in development with a Latvian full-length documentary, Escaping Riga, a "docu-fiction" about Riga-born film director Sergei Eisenstein who emigrated to Russia and…

Latvia submits Amaya for Oscar bid

Latvia has chosen director Maris Martinsons' romantic drama Amaya (Hong Kong Confidential) as the country's entry for the Oscar's Best Foreign Language Film category.

South Korean film shoots in Latvia

RIGA: South Korean film My Way is set to shoot in Latvia. The 22 million euro drama is directed by blockbuster South Korean helmer Kang Je-Gyu. The 24-day shoot will…

Arsenals trains new film professionals

RIGA: Promising film talents from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Armenia and Georgia will take part in a newly launched training program offered by the Riga film forum Arsenals ( Dubbed the…

Asian WWII drama to shoot in Latvia

The biggest war drama of its kind ever to be shot in Latvia is slated to begin shooting early next year. My Way, a Korean-Latvian co-production, will film partly in…

Riga launches film training programme

"Riga Virus: Training for Emerging Cinema Professionals" will be launched in September 2010, gathering 20 participants (10 film projects) from the Baltic States, Armenia and Georgia. The participants of the…

Bollywood film shoots in Latvia

Agent Vinod, Latvia and India's first-ever joint-venture film, will begin shooting on August 26 on locations in Riga, including the city centre, the Old Town, and the city's outskirts. Bollywood…

Latvia passes film law

Latvia has ratified a film law giving the film industry its own legal framework, after a 15 year long drafting process. The law was passed by the Latvian parliament on…

Latvian animation studio closes

The Latvian animated film studio Dauka ( has announced that it will temporarily close due to lack of funds.

Latvia lures Bollywood

The Latvian government is pursuing Bollywood as part of its economic strategy set forth in a recent meeting by the Latvian economic minister in India.

Latvia Announces 2010 Production Grants

RIGA: The National Film Centre(NFC)( of Latvia has announced state funding for a total of 3 feature films, 13 documentaries and 7 animation films in 2010. Funding has been cut…

Latvian firm builds Bulgarian digital network

Latvia's Hannu Pro (, a TV company specializing in production and systems networks, is constructing Bulgaria's digital TV network. The Latvian company won the five year project in a bid…

Ekis leads Latvian media consolidation effort

Andrejs Ekis, founder and chairman of Latvian commercial TV channel LNT (, is heading up a plan to create a media association that will consolidate indepedent mass media.

Three films win Latvian grants

Latvia's National Film Center (NFC) has awarded LAT 381,200 in funding (26% of the NFC's budget) to three feature length films, out of 13 submissions.

Riga Film Fund launched

The City of Riga ( has launched the Riga Film Fund in order to attract foreign film productions with its first call for films on March 5.

Streičs directs another hit film for Latvia

Latvian director Janis Streičs has revived interest in domestic film production with his latest feature Rudolf's Legacy (Rudolfa mantojums).

Ivo wins short film fest

A trio of Latvian student filmmakers have won the short film prize at the INCHES festival in the Netherlands for Ivo.

Latvian filmmakers support National Film Centre

Nearly 200 Latvian film professionals voiced their support for retaining the independent legal status of the National Film Centre of Latvia during demonstration on August 12.

Latvian ad market shows steep decline

The Latvian Advertising Association announced a 42% decline in the media advertising market in the first half of 2009.