PRODUCTION: Latvian/Lithuanian Feature Portraying Millennials Generation Wraps Shooting in Latvia

RIGA: Latvian director Liene Linde wrapped the shoot of her debut feature Black Velvet / Melnais samts on 3 August 2022. This Latvian/Lithuanian coproduction is a partly autobiographical dramedy about…

PRODUCTION: Dutch/Latvian Family Feature Film The Book of Everything Starts Shooting in Latvia

RIGA: Family feature film The Book of Everything by Dutch director Ineke Houtman starts shooting in Latvia on 3 August 2022. The Dutch/Latvian coproduction will be shot in Latvia for…

Baltic Sea Docs 2022 Announces Selected Projects

RIGA: Eighteen projects from countries including Poland, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Georgia are in the selection of the 26th Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (Baltic Sea Docs), which will…

Samuel’s Travels to Be Released in North America

RIGA: The dark comedy Samuel's Travels by Latvian/Armenian director Aik Karapetian will be theatrically released in Los Angeles as well as on VOD in the USA and Canada on 19…

Telia Cuts Deal with Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group for Latvia and Estonia

RIGA: Latvian company SIA Tet, and Lithuanian and Estonian branches of the Telia Company group have signed a cooperation agreement with Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group.

GRANTS: National Film Centre of Latvia Announces Production Grants

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has distributed almost 2 m EUR for the production of 16 projects, including five feature films, seven documentaries, one long animated film and…

Latvian Historical Drama January Picked Up by The Yellow Affair

RIGA: Latvian director's Viesturs Kairišs latest work, the autobiographical history drama January, has been acquired by the international sales company The Yellow Affair.

FNE at Cannes 2022: RIGA IFF Responds to “Cultural Colonisation” in Film Media

CANNES: The Riga International Film Festival has responded to what they are calling “cultural colonisation” of film media during the Cannes Film Festival.

First Latvian/Indian Drama Manny Released in Cinemas in Latvia

RIGA: The first-ever Latvian/Indian coproduction Manny, directed by Latvian director Dace Pūce, was released on 7 May in Latvian cinemas. The film is produced by Latvia’s Marana Productions and India’s…

Baltic Sea Docs 2022 Announces Call for Projects

RIGA: Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries welcomes applications for its 26th edition till 10 June 2022. The most important documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries will be…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Gints Zilbalodis in Preproduction with Animated Film Flow

RIGA: The Latvian film Flow / Straume directed by Gints Zilbalodis is currently in preproduction. The second long animated film by the Annecy Contrechamp competition winner Gints Zilbalodis has been…

Latvian Film Marathon Returns Live on 4 May 2022

RIGA: The traditional Latvian Film Marathon organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia returns to the big screen on 4 May 2022, after two years of online screenings. The…

Latvian Comedy Samuel's Travels Acquired by HBO Central Europe

RIGA: Samuel's Travels, directed by Latvian/Armenian filmmaker Aik Karapetian, has been acquired by HBO Central Europe. The deal was signed by the Copenhagen-based LevelK, who had picked up the international…

Latvian/Norwegian Animated Film My Favourite War in French Cinemas

RIGA: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen's antiwar long animated film My Favourite War was released in over 40 cinemas in France on 20 April 2022. The French release had been postponed for…

FESTIVALS: Ukrainian Dad's Sneakers Wins 2ANNAS 2022

RIGA: The Grand Prix of the 26th Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS went to the Ukrainian film Dad's Sneakers directed by Olha Zhurba.

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF 2022 Opens Call for Applications

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival has launched the call for applications for its new edition set for 13 - 23 October 2022. Feature, short, and children's films, as well…

FNE at Berlinale 2022: Latvian Film in Berlin

On 10 February, the annual Berlin International Film Festival starts, and Latvia is represented in competition programmes as well as film market screenings. Animation short Hush, Hush Little Bear by…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Signe Birkova Shoots Feature Debut Lotus

RIGA: Latvian director Signe Birkova has begun shooting her debut fiction feature film Lotus, a comical phantasmagory about a young woman in 1919 Latvia, who desires new challenges and expression…

Cinemas in Latvia Re-open after Four Weeks of Lockdown

RIGA: Cinemas were allowed to re-open in Latvia on 15 November 2021. The closure of cinemas and all other cultural venues, among other restrictions, had been in place since 21…

FNE Speaks with Dita Rietuma, Head of National Film Centre of Latvia

FNE spoke with Dita Rietuma, the head of the National Film Centre of Latvia, about how the pandemic has changed the situation of Latvian cinema, which had been flourishing in…