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Ekis leads Latvian media consolidation effort
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.
Three films win Latvian grants
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.
Riga Film Fund launched
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.
Streičs directs another hit film for Latvia
Latvian director Janis Streičs has revived interest in domestic film production with his latest feature Rudolf's Legacy (Rudolfa mantojums).
Ivo wins short film fest
A trio of Latvian student filmmakers have won the short film prize at the INCHES festival in the Netherlands for Ivo.
Latvian filmmakers support National Film Centre
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.
Latvian ad market shows steep decline
The Latvian Advertising Association announced a 42% decline in the media advertising market in the first half of 2009.
National Film Centre of Latvia is under the threat of reorganization
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.
Cinema school to open in Riga
The Riga Motion Pictures Studio is partnering with the Latvian Academy of Culture to open a film school in Riga.
Top spot for Little Robbers
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.
LNT holds ratings lead in Latvia
Latvian commercial broadcaster LNT retained its leading market share slot, claiming 18.8% of TV viewers nationally.
Latvian film funding announced
The National Film Centre of Latvia (NFC) has announced €1.64 million in funding for film production in 2009.
Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries accepting applications
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 film funding for 2009 in Latvia
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 cinema chain planned for Baltics
New Europe Cinemas plans to open its first in a chain of cinemas in Latvia in August 2009.
When Apples Roll in Berlin
Director Reinis Kalnaellis unveils his first animated film When Apples Roll (Kad āboli ripo), premiering at the Berlinale.
First Baltic Channel back on air
Following a one week break, First Baltic Channel (PBK) resumed broadcasting in Estonia.
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