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.…

Baltic Sea Docs 2022 Announces Winners

RIGA: Projects from the Ukraine, Latvia and Finland won awards at the 26th edition of Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (Baltic Sea Docs), which ran 5-11 September 2022.

FNE Oscar Watch 2023: January to Represent Latvia in Oscar Race

RIGA: The autobiographical history drama January by Viesturs Kairišs has been selected as Latvia’s candidate for the 95th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the Best International…

PRODUCTION: Māris Martinsons Shoots Latvian Period Drama In the Land That Sings

RIGA: The historical drama In the Land That Sings / Zeme, kas dzied directed by Māris Martinsons has just wrapped the third stage of shooting in Latvia. The film is…

FESTIVALS: Unique Baltic Music Video Competition Returns to Riga IFF

RIGA: The Baltic Music Video competition will return to the 9th edition of the Riga International Film Festival (13 – 23 October 2022) after a year break. Eighteen music videos…

New Latvian Studio Trickster Pictures Announces World Premiere of Youth Drama Neon Spring

RIGA: Director/producer/scriptwriter Matīss Kaža has launched the new Latvian production studio Trickster Pictures. The first title released by the Riga-based company is the coming-of-age Neon Spring / Neona pavasaris directed…

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.