Cinema Splendid Palace Reopens In Riga But Multikino Latvia Ceases Operations

RIGA: Cinema Splendid Palace, operated by the Riga Municipality, will be the first cinema to reopen in Riga on 19 May, following Latvia’s easing of lockdown restrictions, which began on…
18-05-2020

Baltic Sea Docs Forum Calls for Projects

RIGA: The Baltic Sea Docs Forum for Documentaries (BSD), a leading documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries, has announced a call for projects. The 24th edition will…
13-05-2020

GRANTS: Latvia Awards 19 Production Grants for 2020

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has announced production grants for 2020. The grants in the amount of 1,768,327 EUR have been distributed to 19 film projects, including five…
12-05-2020

HBO Europe Acquires Broadcasting Rights for Latvian/Czech/Lithuanian Coproduction Bille

RIGA: Ināra Kolmane’s 2018 feature film Bille, produced in the framework of the Latvian Centenary Film Programme, has become the first Latvian feature film bought for broadcasting by the international…
08-05-2020

Latvian Film Marathon Viewed in 63 Countries

RIGA: The 16th annual Latvian Film Marathon organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia on 4 May 2020 drew 8,600 viewers in 63 countries. The event, which celebrates the…
08-05-2020

Latvian Distributors Respond to Pandemic With Alternative Business Models

RIGA: Distribution companies in Latvia are seeking alternative ways to get films to audiences during the current closure of cinemas, including new and enhanced online platforms.
30-04-2020

Riga Municipality Allocates Money for Riga Film Fund

RIGA: The Riga Municipality has allocated 800,000 EUR for the Riga Film Fund in its 2020 budget. The funds will be available for foreign and national coproductions shot in Latvia.
28-04-2020

National Film Centre of Latvia Expands Accessibility of Films Online

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has made its database of national films available to schoolchildren and the general public during the COVID-19 crisis.
07-04-2020

PRODUCTION: Latvian Filmmaker Ivars Zviedris Documents a Country in Lockdown

RIGA: The Latvian documentary filmmaker Ivars Zviedris has started documenting the evolving situation and people affected by the virus, in response to the restrictions introduced in Latvia due to COVID-19.
31-03-2020

Warhunt Starring Mickey Rourke Halts Production in Latvia

RIGA: The shooting on the mystical WWII thriller Warhunt directed by Mauro Borrelli, produced by Igor Pronin for Latvia’s Forma Pro Films and starring Mickey Rourke halted in Latvia due…
23-03-2020

GRANTS: Latvia Extends Grant Application Deadlines For Minority Coproductions

RIGA: The deadline for minority coproduction grants applications has been extended from 27 March to 26 April 2010, with the results to be announced by 26 May 2020. The decision…
18-03-2020

PRODUCTION: Latvia’s Tasse Film To Coproduce Russian Spy Series Pawns

RIGA: Russian spy series Pawns (Metrafilms), which was presented at the Berlinale’s CoPro Series, will be coproduced by Latvia’s Tasse Film. The series conceived by Michael and Lily Idov is…
02-03-2020

FNE at Berlinale 2020: Latvian Film in Berlin

MEET LATVIAN FILM PROFESSIONALS - Latvian film industry will be represented at the Europen Film Market 2020 in Berlin with two stands - LATVIA Stand G10 and Rija Films together…
23-02-2020

Eyewell Picks Up Latvian BO Leader Blizzard of Souls

RIGA: Latvian coming-of-age war drama Blizzard of Souls / Dvēseļu putenis directed by Dzintars Dreibergs for Kultfilma and supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia, has been picked up…
19-02-2020

FNE Market Analysis 2019: LATVIA

RIGA: The Latvian film Blizzard of Souls directed by Dzintars Dreibergs broke box-office records existing since the early 1990s, showing the continuing demand for local films, that was significantly boosted…
10-02-2020

BOX OFFICE: Latvian/Czech/Lithuanian City On The River Tops Latvian BO

RIGA: The historical drama City on the River / Pilsēta pie upes, the fourth feature film directed by Viesturs Kairišs, has dominated the Latvian box office for two consecutive weekends…
29-01-2020

Blizzard of Souls Breaks Latvian Box Office Record

RIGA: Dzintars Dreibergs's debut feature Blizzard of Souls has reached 207,892 admissions in Latvia in five weeks since its opening, a record number since the country regained independence in early…
18-12-2019

Latvian Oscar Candidate The Mover Screens in USA

RIGA: Dāvis Sīmanis’s sophomore feature The Mover / Tēvs nakts will have two screenings in the USA for the American Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members in December 2019. The…
03-12-2019

FNE at 2019 Latvian National Film Festival: Oleg Wins Three Top Awards

RIGA: Oleg by Juris Kursietis was awarded the Lielais Kristaps best feature length fiction film prize at the 12 November 2019 closing ceremony of the Latvian National Film Festival, held…
14-11-2019

FESTIVALS: Latvian/Lithuanian/Norwegian Spoon Screens in Doc Competition at Latvian FF

RIGA: The lauded Latvian director Laila Pakalnina will have her Latvian/Lithuanian/Norwegian documentary Spoon in the documentary competition of the 2019 Latvian National Film Festival, which runs from 7 to 12…
07-11-2019