Latvian Films Take Unprecedented Market Share

RIGA: Three of the top five films at the Latvian box office are domestic releases, accounting for 28 percent of the market share. The boom is led by Aigars Grauba’s…

GRANTS: Latvia Announces Production Grants

RIGA: The National Film Center of Latvia will distribute 927,294 EUR for the production of 12 feature films with Latvian major participation. Three animated films, two feature films and seven…

FESTIVALS: 5th Riga International Film Festival Calls for Entries

RIGA: Submissions are open for the 5th edition of the Riga International Film Festival, set to take place from 18 to 31 October 2018.

PRODUCTION: Juris Kursietis Shoots Latvian/Lithuanian/Belgian Coproduction

RIGA: Juris Kursietis is currently shooting his sophomore feature Oleg, a drama about a butcher who leaves for Brussels to work in a local meat factory, but gets under the…

Domestic Crowdfunded Movie in Latvian Box Office

RIGA: Oskars Rupenheits’ debut feature comedy The Foundation of Criminal Excellence is third in the Latvian box office with 30,000 admissions in three weeks and more than 183,000 EUR gross.…

FNE Country Report 2017: LATVIA

RIGA: Ahead of Latvia's Centennial, which will be celebrated throughout 2018, the support for local film production steadily increased to 9,109,016 EUR in 2017, with more than 2 m EUR…

PRODUCTION: Aigars Grauba in Postproduction with 3m EUR Latvian Historical Drama The Pagan King

RIGA: Director Aigars Grauba is currently in postproduction with English language historical drama The Pagan King, starring British actor James Blurr and Swedish actor Edvin Erre. Made with a budget…

Swingers See Lithuanian, Norwegian and Finnish Remakes

RIGA: The comedy Swingers by Andrejs Ekis will have remakes in Lithuania, Norway and Finland. Latvia’s 2016 box office hit was already adapted by Platforma Filma in Estonia and the…

Latvia Approves Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction

RIGA: Latvian government approved the Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction on 28 November 2017. The National Film Center is in charge of its implementation. The Convention on Cinematographic…

FESTIVALS: Chronicles of Melanie Wins Lielais Kristaps Fest

RIGA: Latvian/Czech/Finnish coproduction Chronicles of Melanie directed by Viesturs Kairišs won the Best Feature Film award at the Latvian national film festival Lielais Kristaps, which concluded on 14 November 2017.

PRODUCTION: Russian/Latvian/Czech Coproduction Starts Shooting in Latvia

RIGA: Michael Idov’s debut feature The Humorist started shooting in Jurmala, Latvia. The film is a coproduction between Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic, and is set to be finished…

Chronicles of Melanie to Represent Latvia in the Oscar Race

RIGA: Chronicles of Melanie directed by Viesturs Kairišs was selected by a panel set up by the National Film Center to be Latvia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film…

Latvian Family Film Breaks Admissions Record in Opening Week

RIGA: Varis Brasla's family film Grandpa Is More Dangerous than the Computer has become the most successful domestic family film in the opening week with over 13,000 admissions. The film,…

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF Announces Lineup

RIGA: Ten long films were selected for the main competition of the Riga International Film Festival, set to take place from 7 to 17 September 2017.

PRODUCTION: Ivo Briedis Deconstructs the Soviet Man in Documentary Telebridge

RIGA: In his new documentary Telebridge Ivo Briedis is deconstructing the concept of the Soviet man through the eyes of the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generation. The project was…

Baltic Film Days Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Baltic Countries

RIGA: The National Film Center of Latvia, the Estonian Film Institue and the Lithuanian Film Centre are launching Baltic Film Days (22-24 August 2017), an event that will celebrate the…

Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary Programme Launch

RIGA: Latvia launches its jubilee film programme Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary on 17 August 2017 with the premiere of Varis Brasla's family film Grandpa Is More Dangerous than the…

GRANTS: Latvia Announces Minority Coproduction Grants

RIGA: National Film Center of Latvia has allotted 300,000 EUR to eight minority coproductions including two feature films, one animated film and five documentaries.

PRODUCTION: Ivars Zviedris in Production with The Smuggler

RIGA: Acclaimed documentary filmmaker and DoP Ivars Zviedris is currently in production with The Smuggler, a story set on the Latvian/Russian border.