RIGA: Inara Kolmane’s family film Bille, a Latvian/Lithuanian/Czech coproduction, won the Best Film award at the 30th Lielais Kristaps Latvian national film awards on 12 November 2018.
The film, produced by Latvia’s Film Studio DEVINI, where Kolmane is the creative director, and coproduced by the Prague based post-production house Magiclab, Masterfilm (Czech Republic), Lithuania’s Studija 2, received support from the National Film Centre of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia, the Czech Film Fund, the National Film Centre of Lithuania and private funders via a crowdfunding campaign. It will have its international premiere in the Baltic Competition at the Black Nights Film Festival.
As expected, the awards were distributed across a range of films, with competition stronger this year as a result of special film funding to mark the Latvian centennial.
The list of winners follows:
Best FilmBille (Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic)Directed by Inara KolmaneProduced by Film Studio DEVINI (Latvia)Coproduced by Magiclab (Czech Republic), Masterfilm (Czech Republic), Studija 2 (Lithuania)Supported by the National Film Center of Latvia and State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia
Best ActressElita Klavina for Riga. Take 1 (Latvia, France)Directed by SiegfriedSales Agent: Playtime (France)
Best ActorVilis Daudzins for Foam at the Mouth (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland)Directed by Janis NordsProduced by Tasse Film Coproduced by ArtBox, Madants Supported by the National Film Center of Latvia, the Lithuanian Film Centre and the Polish Film Institute
Best Feature Film DirectorDavis Simanis for The Mover produced by Mistrus Media
Best ScriptOskars Rupenheits for The Criminal Excellence FundDirected by Oskars RupenheitsProduced by COMETE Films, OrderOrder, Juris Podnieks Studio
Best DocumentaryBridges of Time (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia)Directed by Kristīne Briede, Audrius Stonys
Best Documentary DirectorIvars Seleckis for To Be Continued