BERLIN: FNE has teamed up with FIPRESCI critics attending the Berlin Film Festival to rate the films in the Main Competition, Panorana and Forum giving the films 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars. 5 is the best and 1 is the worst. The ratings give an overview of critics opinions from a large number of countries and provide insights to what critics in many different countries think about the programme.
SOFIA: FNE spoke with Stefan Arsenijevic, programme manager of the Serbian training programme First Films First.
FNE spoke with Andrey Yermak, producer and CEO of Garnet International Media Group, about his successful film production company, the current situation in the Ukrainian film industry and about the importance of cooperation between Poland and the Ukraine.
We are now open for international FEATURE, SHORT FILM, and BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO entries to our competitions.
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The three main RIGA IFF 2018 competitions hold the common goal of awarding the most innovative cinematic language that reveals a strong individuality behind it. The festival welcomes all motion picture experiences transgressing any limit other than those few defined by the respective category.
RIGA IFF FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
The festival's feature film competition seeks productions that use innovative cinematic language as an expression of the auteur. The majority of funding must originate in the Baltic Sea Region (Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden). Other than that, this category sets no restrictions. In total, ten selected feature films will be presented to an international jury of film professionals, which in turn will announce the winner of the RIGA IFF Award – a bronze sculpture comprised of eight pieces, thus allowing for distribution among the team in acknowledgement of the collective effort, – and a prize of EUR 2000.
SHORT RIGA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION and Test Screenings
35 entries from filmmakers that show a distinct method and a novel theme are celebrated in the short film competition of the festival. An international jury awards the winner with the Silver Grass Snake pin. Additionally, projects from the Baltic states in the last leg of production or just completed ones are welcome to be a part of the SHORT RIGA Test Screenings, providing a chance to receive valuable feedback from international experts.
SHORT RIGA BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION
While the short film competition provokes exploration of the medium, the Baltic Music Video competition – or #BMV as called for short – is the wildest of the bunch. The main requirement is for the work to exhibit audiovisual harmony. An international, professionally diverse jury will be looking for productions that challenge the audience by pushing the limits of the experience. The winner is awarded Silver Grass Snake pin.
The Riga International Film Festival – taking place October 18th to 31st – is located in the centre-most capital of the Baltic states, Riga. The 5th edition of the festival lasts two full weeks in multiple venues across the capital of Latvia, featuring film screenings, parties, and industry-focused events. The festival’s main venue is Splendid Palace – a unique, luxurious cinema in operation since 1923.
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