The annual Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) pitching FORUM for children's and youth film projects will take place from October 18-19 in the Latvian capital Riga.
The compact two day event will feature a pitching session, accompanied by one-to-one meetings with sales agents, distributors, TV and VOD platform representatives as well as potential co-producers. Aside from the pitching session, RIGA IFF will also be exploring the borders between the worlds of cinema, featuring a set of seminars dedicated to various aspects of storytelling and craftsmanship in VR.
Not confining itself to discussing the use of VR in children's content, RIGA IFF goes an extra step this year and with the support of the interactive media production company Story Hub and the start-up community holders Riga Tech Hub, is launching a hackathon - an idea incubator, that will team up cinematic storytellers with talented Baltic VR developers, in order to create prototypes of their ideas of educational content for children and youth in the virtual reality medium.
The line-up of 13 projects, confirmed to participate in RIGA IFF FORUM's pitching session:
RAGGIE, animation feature film, (dir. Meelis Arulepp, Karsten Kiilerich), A Film Estonia, A Film Production ApS, Estonia / Denmark;
DRUG FOR A SUMMER (dir. Julia Gorbachevskaya), LLC Production company "Rus", Russia / Latvia;
A VR/animation/TV series for teens KILLER, PENGUIN, TOM, DOLL FACE, (dir. Tomas Tamosaitis), Lithuania, France, Slovenia, Germany;
THE TINDERBOX, animation feature film, (dir. Andjei Petras), Kamer-Ton-Film-Russia LTD, DURIMAR PICTURES LTD, Russia;
THE SECRET SOCIETY OF SOUPTOWN, TV series, (dir. Helen Takkin, Oskar Lehemaa), Nafta Films, Solar Films
THE PACK (dir. Tomáš Polenský), 8Heads Productions, Czech Republic, Latvia;
ARTIST AND ANGEL (dir. George Varsimashvili, Avtandil Varsimashvili), Vars-Studio, Zentropa Spain, Georgia, Spain;
THE FLOOR IS LAVA (dir. Kateryna Gornostai), ESSE Production House, MaGiKa Film, Takfilm Sp. Z.o.o., Ukraine, Poland;
RING OF LIFE (dir. Sasha Kirienko), Pronto Film, Ukraine;
THE NAP, animation short film, (dir. Nils Skapans), VFS Films, Latvia;
THE DAY I MET MY SUPERHERO, (dir. - to be confirmed), BeGood Films, Poland;
TOTALLY BOSS, (dir. Ingomar Vihmar), Nafta Films, Estonia;
MARTIN AND THE FOREST SECRET, (dir. Petr Oukropec), BFILM.cz, Czech Republic, Slovakia.
For more information regarding the selected projects and their representatives in Riga, please check RIGA IFF FORUM website: rigaiff.lv/2018/en/forum/
The fifth edition of RIGA IFF will take place from October 18 - 31. The festival will consist of twelve film programmes, diverse industry events and a selection of thought provoking public discussions.