Bille Wins Best Film at Latvian National Film Awards

Bille by Inara Kolmane Bille by Inara Kolmane

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 Film
Bille (Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic)
Directed by Inara Kolmane
Produced 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 Actress
Elita Klavina for Riga. Take 1 (Latvia, France)
Directed by Siegfried
Sales Agent: Playtime (France)

Best Actor
Vilis Daudzins for Foam at the Mouth (Latvia, Lithuania, Poland)
Directed by Janis Nords
Produced 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 Director
Davis Simanis for The Mover produced by Mistrus Media

Best Script
Oskars Rupenheits for The Criminal Excellence Fund
Directed by Oskars Rupenheits
Produced by COMETE Films, OrderOrder, Juris Podnieks Studio

Best Documentary
Bridges of Time (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia)
Directed by Kristīne Briede, Audrius Stonys

Best Documentary Director
Ivars Seleckis for To Be Continued