PRODUCTION: Mythological Thriller Upurga Moves Into Postproduction

RIGA: Latvian documentary director Uģis Olte has completed the principal shooting for his debut fiction feature film, a mythological thriller Upurga, produced by Uldis Cekulis and Raitis Ābele at VFS…

FNE Oscar Watch 2021: Blizzard of Souls to Represent Latvia in Oscar Race

RIGA: The historical drama Blizzard of Souls / Dvēseļu putenis directed by Dzintars Dreibergs is Latvia's candidate for the 93rd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the…

PRODUCTION: Latvian/Icelandic My Mother the State in Postproduction

RIGA: Latvian director Ieva Ozoliņa is in postproduction with her third feature length documentary My Mother the State / Mana māte – valsts, produced by Madara Melberga at Fa Filma…

FNE at 2020 Latvian National Film Awards: Blizzard of Souls Leads with Six Awards

RIGA: The historical coming of age drama Blizzard of Souls / Dvēseļu putenis directed by Dzintars Dreibergs, produced by Kultfilma, received the highest number of Latvian National Film Awards (Lielais…

PRODUCTION: Ukrainian/Latvian/German/Qatari Coproduction This Rain Will Never Stop Wraps Postproduction

RIGA: The award-winning Ukrainian director Alina Gorlova’s third feature documentary This Rain Will Never Stop completed postproduction ahead of its world premiere in the IDFA First Appearance Competition. The film…

FNE at Baltic Event 2020: Latvian Director Matīss Kaža in Postproduction with Neon Spring

RIGA: Latvian director Matīss Kaža is in postproduction with his third fiction feature Neon Spring / Neona pavasaris produced by Dace Siatkovska and Kaža at Deep Sea Studios. The film…

Latvia Closes Cinemas

RIGA: Latvia has announced a partial COVID-19 lockdown effective 9 November to 6 December 2020, which will close all cinemas.

Latvian/Czech/Lithuanian The Sign Painter Signs North American Sales Deal

RIGA: The historical drama The Sign Painter / Pilsēta pie upes (previous English title City on the River) directed by Viesturs Kairišs, produced by Ego Media (Latva) and coproduced by …

FNE at Artdocfest Riga 2020: The Earth is Blue As An Orange

RIGA: The documentary The Earth Is Blue As An Orange by Iryna Tsilyk will screen in the International Documentary Film Festival Ardocfest / Riga, running from 26 November to 1…

FESTIVALS: IDFF Artdocfest / Riga 2020 Announces Competition Films

RIGA: The first stand-alone edition of International Documentary Film Festival Ardocfest / Riga will run from 26 November to 1 December 2020 with screenings to be held at the cinema…

FESTIVALS: Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s Conference Wins 2020 Riga IFF

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival concluded its 7th edition on 25 October 2020, handing its main prize to Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s Conference, which was coproduced by Estonia’s Nafta Films.…

FNE at Ji.hlava IDFF 2020: Emerging Producer: Ieva Ūbele - Latvia

Ieva Ūbele is participating in the 2020 Emerging Producers programme of the Ji-hlava International Documentary Film Festival, which runs 27 October – 8 November 2020.

The Sign Painter Tops 2020 Latvian National Film Award Nominations

RIGA: The historical drama The Sign Painter / Pilsēta pie upes (previous English title City on the River), directed by Viesturs Kairišs, produced by Ego Media and coproduced by 8Heads…

PRODUCTION: Shooting Begins on Acclaimed Latvian Book Adaptation Soviet Milk

RIGA: Ināra Kolmane’s third feature Soviet Milk / Mātes piens began shooting its first sequence on 15 September 2020.

PRODUCTION: Yevgeny Pashkevich Wraps Postproduction on What Silent Gerda Knows

RIGA: The Latvian director Yevgeny Pashkevich has completed work on his third feature length film What Silent Gerda Knows, which will premiere in the main competition at the Riga International…

GRANTS: National Film Centre of Latvia Announces Low Budget Film Grants

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has announced the results for the low budget film production grants scheme.

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF Announces Competition Films

RIGA: Eight films will screen in the main competition of the 7th Riga International Film Festival, which runs from 15 – 25 October 2020. The competition section presents recent films…

Baltic Sea Docs Announces Awards

RIGA: The 24th edition of the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries wrapped on 6 September 2020, in a format that was run mainly online, with only a few on-site activities.

FESTIVALS: RIGA IFF To Stream Opening Concert Worldwide

RIGA: Riga IFF will stream worldwide a concert created especially for its opening night on 15 October 2020. The festival runs through 25 October, and the opening night event is…

PRODUCTION: Aik Karapetian Shoots Latvian/Belgian Coproduction Samuel’s Travels

RIGA: Aik Karapetian started shooting his fourth feature film, the dark comedy Samuel’s Travels, on 8 August 2020. The film is produced by Gints Grūbe through Mistrus Media (Latvia) and…