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Andrejs Ekis, founder and chairman of Latvian commercial TV channel LNT (www.lnt.lv), is heading up a plan to create a media association that will consolidate indepedent mass media.
Latvia's National Film Center (NFC) has awarded LAT 381,200 in funding (26% of the NFC's budget) to three feature length films, out of 13 submissions.
The City of Riga (www.riga.lv) has launched the Riga Film Fund in order to attract foreign film productions with its first call for films on March 5.
Latvian director Janis Streičs has revived interest in domestic film production with his latest feature Rudolf's Legacy (Rudolfa mantojums).
A trio of Latvian student filmmakers have won the short film prize at the INCHES festival in the Netherlands for Ivo.
Nearly 200 Latvian film professionals voiced their support for retaining the independent legal status of the National Film Centre of Latvia during demonstration on August 12.
The Latvian Advertising Association announced a 42% decline in the media advertising market in the first half of 2009.
The financial crisis in Latvia has triggered a chain of reorganization of cultural institutions that threatens the existence of the National Film Centre of Latvia (NFC) as an independent establishment.
The Riga Motion Pictures Studio is partnering with the Latvian Academy of Culture to open a film school in Riga.
The €1.1 million Latvian-Austrian co-production Little Robbers took first place at the box office in its opening week, but results reflected the economic turmoil confronting Latvians.
Latvian commercial broadcaster LNT retained its leading market share slot, claiming 18.8% of TV viewers nationally.
The National Film Centre of Latvia (NFC) has announced €1.64 million in funding for film production in 2009.
The 13th Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries, taking place September 1-6, 2009, in Riga, is accepting applications from documentary filmmakers through June 5, 2009.
Cuts in the state budget have reduced the support administered by the National Film Centre of Latvia for film production and development in 2009 to €3,110,000.
New Europe Cinemas plans to open its first in a chain of cinemas in Latvia in August 2009.
Director Reinis Kalnaellis unveils his first animated film When Apples Roll (Kad āboli ripo), premiering at the Berlinale.
Following a one week break, First Baltic Channel (PBK) resumed broadcasting in Estonia.

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