Latvia Approves Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction

RIGA: Latvian government approved the Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Coproduction on 28 November 2017. The National Film Center is in charge of its implementation. The Convention on Cinematographic…

FESTIVALS: Chronicles of Melanie Wins Lielais Kristaps Fest

RIGA: Latvian/Czech/Finnish coproduction Chronicles of Melanie directed by Viesturs Kairišs won the Best Feature Film award at the Latvian national film festival Lielais Kristaps, which concluded on 14 November 2017.

PRODUCTION: Russian/Latvian/Czech Coproduction Starts Shooting in Latvia

RIGA: Michael Idov’s debut feature The Humorist started shooting in Jurmala, Latvia. The film is a coproduction between Russia, Latvia and the Czech Republic, and is set to be finished…

Chronicles of Melanie to Represent Latvia in the Oscar Race

RIGA: Chronicles of Melanie directed by Viesturs Kairišs was selected by a panel set up by the National Film Center to be Latvia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film…

Latvian Family Film Breaks Admissions Record in Opening Week

RIGA: Varis Brasla's family film Grandpa Is More Dangerous than the Computer has become the most successful domestic family film in the opening week with over 13,000 admissions. The film,…

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF Announces Lineup

RIGA: Ten long films were selected for the main competition of the Riga International Film Festival, set to take place from 7 to 17 September 2017.

PRODUCTION: Ivo Briedis Deconstructs the Soviet Man in Documentary Telebridge

RIGA: In his new documentary Telebridge Ivo Briedis is deconstructing the concept of the Soviet man through the eyes of the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generation. The project was…

Baltic Film Days Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Baltic Countries

RIGA: The National Film Center of Latvia, the Estonian Film Institue and the Lithuanian Film Centre are launching Baltic Film Days (22-24 August 2017), an event that will celebrate the…

Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary Programme Launch

RIGA: Latvia launches its jubilee film programme Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary on 17 August 2017 with the premiere of Varis Brasla's family film Grandpa Is More Dangerous than the…

GRANTS: Latvia Announces Minority Coproduction Grants

RIGA: National Film Center of Latvia has allotted 300,000 EUR to eight minority coproductions including two feature films, one animated film and five documentaries.

PRODUCTION: Ivars Zviedris in Production with The Smuggler

RIGA: Acclaimed documentary filmmaker and DoP Ivars Zviedris is currently in production with The Smuggler, a story set on the Latvian/Russian border.

FNE IDF Doc Bloc: The Smuggler

Latvian long documentary The Smuggler, currently in production, follows a guy who is helping immigrants to get across the border between Russia and Latvia.

GRANTS: Latvia Supports Seven Projects in 2017

RIGA: The National Film Center of Latvia distributed 858,013 EUR to seven projects in its 2017 grant rounds.

GRANTS: Latvia Funds Three Coproductions

RIGA: The National Film Center of Latvia chose three projects to support with coproduction grants totaling 350,399 EUR, financing two fiction films and a TV documentary series.

PRODUCTION: Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Czech Republic Producing WWII Drama Bille

PRAGUE: The Prague based post-production house Magiclab continues its foray into coproduction with the Latvian/Czech/Lithuanian/Polish family drama Bille directed by Inara Kolmane and based on the novel by acclaimed Latvian…

FNE at Cannes 2017: German/French Age of Iron Series to Shoot in Latvia

CANNES: The 5m EUR German/French TV series Age of Iron is set to shoot in Latvia in October. The six episodes of the series will be produced by Luxfilm of…
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FNE at Cannes 2017: Latvian Cinema in Cannes


EFP Producer on the Move: Gints Grube, Latvia

RIGA: Gints Grube got a BA in philosophy, did doctoral studies in political science and worked extensively in the media before becoming the director of Hansa Media production company and…

FNE Europa Cinemas: Cinema of the Month: Kino Bize, Riga

This month we speak with Maris Prombergs, the director and programmer of Kino Bize from Riga, Latvia. Kino Bize was founded in 2012 as a small, cozy art house movie…

LATVIA: Country Report 2016

Latvian film industry continued to grow steadily in 2016. State funding for film industry reached 6.7 m EUR in 2016, indicating nearly 1 m EUR growth from 2015, one of…