Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries 2023 Launches Call for Projects

RIGA: The 27th edition of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (BSD) has launched its call for applications. The most important documentary co-financing pitching event in the Baltic countries will…

FNE at Cannes 2023: Latvian Cinema in Cannes

On 16 May, the world-famous Cannes Film Festival starts in France (16-27 May), and film professionals from Latvia will take active part in several film industry events, festival programmes and…

GRANTS: Latvia Announces Minority Coproduction Grants

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has distributed 300,000 EUR to seven minority coproductions. The list includes four feature films, two long documentaries and one short documentary.

National Film Centre of Latvia Announces Traditional Film Marathon for 4 May 2023

RIGA: The day of the restoration of Latvia’s independence, 4 May, is celebrated again in 2023 by the National Film Centre of Latvia with a film marathon held both online…

RIGA IFF Launches Educational Online Project

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival has launched, in cooperation with the Norwegian Film Clubs Association (NFK), the children and young audience educational project RIGA IFF Cinema Club, consisting of…

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF 2023 Opens Submissions for Its Four Competition Sections

RIGA: The 10th edition of the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) has opened submissions for its four competition sections: Feature film competition (for films from the Baltic Sea region…

Sony Pictures International Productions Acquires Remake Rights to Latvian Christmas Comedy

RIGA: Sony Pictures International Productions has optioned remake rights to the Latvian comedy Accidental Santa / Circenīša Ziemassvētki, written and directed by Aigars Grauba. The rights include North America, UK,…

January Awarded Best Latvian Feature Film of 2022 at Lielais Kristaps Awards

RIGA: Viesturs Kairišs' coming-of age-drama January / Janvāris received five awards, including Best Feature Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role, at the Latvian national film awards Lielais Kristaps,…

FESTIVALS: Artdocfest / Riga 2023 Ready to Kick-off

RIGA: Over 30 titles will screen in two competitive programmes, Baltic Focus and Artdocfest Open, at the 3rd edition of Artdocfest, which will be held in Riga 2 – 9…

FNE at Berlinale 2023: Latvian Cinema in Berlin

Latvia at the EFM and Berlinale 2023 - A coalition of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania is highlighted as Countries in Focus at the European Film Market…

BOX OFFICE: Increased Admissions to Latvian Films in 2022

RIGA: Total admissions in Latvia increased three times, while admissions to domestic films doubled in 2022 compared to 2021, according to the official statistics issued by the National Film Centre…

Korean Historical Spy Film Harbin Starts Shooting in Latvia

RIGA: More than 100 Korean film professionals are shooting the historical spy thriller Harbin in Latvia. The film is directed by Woo Min-ho and lensed by Hong Kyung-pyo, who previously…

PRODUCTION: Ilze Kunga-Melgaile in Postproduction with Latvian/Lithuanian Drama Life Interrupted

RIGA: Ilze Kunga-Melgaile's historical drama Life Interrupted / Dzīve pārtraukta is currently in postproduction, after successfully wrapping the shooting in the autumn of 2022. The main character is based on…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Studio Atom Art Preps Long Animated Film Born Happy

RIGA: Latvian independent animation studio Atom Art is currently in preproduction with its second long project Born Happy / Laimīgie, a Latvian/Polish coproduction directed by Edmunds Jansons.

January Leads Nominations for Latvian National Film Prizes Lielais Kristaps

RIGA: Viesturs Kairišs' January got 12 nominations at the Latvian National film awards Lielais Kristaps, whose ceremony will be held 26 February 2022.

New Latvian Film Classics Available Worldwide on National Film Centre’s Portal

RIGA: The list of Latvian classical films available for streaming on National Film Centre of Latvia’s portal has been supplemented with new titles. Currently, 30 titles including 18 feature films,…

Latvia Sees Most Intense Season of Domestic Releases in Its History

RIGA: Latvia is seeing an abundance of 18 domestic theatrical releases in the last quarter of 2022, with cinemas fully operational in 2022 after two years of on and off…

FESTIVALS: Godland Wins 2022 Riga IFF

RIGA: Godland by Hlynur Pálmason won the main prize in the Feature Film Competition of the 9th Riga International Film Festival, which took place in person and online 13 –…

Applications Open for 16th Focal Production Value Workshop to Be Held in Riga

RIGA: Focal Production Value has launched the call for applications for its 16th edition that will take place in Riga 7 – 15 January 2023. The deadline is 15 November…

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF 2022 Announces Full Lineup

RIGA: Ten films will vie in the Feature Film Competition of the 9th Riga International Film Festival, which will take place in person and online 13 – 23 October 2022.…