FESTIVALS: Riga IFF 2021 Calls for Submissions

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival, which will take place 14 – 24 October 2021, has opened submissions for all six of its competition sections. Submissions will be free of…

GRANTS: Latvia Gives 2021 Co-financing Programme Grants To Six Films

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia gave out the Latvian Co-financing programme grants totalling 1,158,013 EUR to six film projects originating from Germany, Russia, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Latvian Drama The Pit Sold to German Speaking Territories

RIGA: Latvian director Dace Pūce’s debut feature film The Pit / Bedre (2020), whose sales are handled by TVCO (Italy), has been sold to the German distributor Arsenal Filmverleih. The…

FNE Market Analysis 2020: LATVIA

RIGA: Latvian film industry experienced disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic since mid-March 2020. The cinemas were closed from 13 March to 9 June and from 9 November until the…

BOX OFFICE: Latvian Box Office Falls by 70% in 2020

RIGA: Latvian box office results show a nearly 70% decrease in 2020 in comparison to 2019. Due to the pandemic, the cinemas were closed in mid-March, allowed to re-open in…

Latvian/Norwegian Animation My Favourite War Signs Distribution Deals with Spain and France

RIGA: The feature animation My Favourite War / Mans mīļākais karš, directed by Ilze Burkovska-Jacoben and produced by Trond Jacobsen for Bivrost Film & TV and Guntis Trekteris for Ego…

The Piper Wraps Latvian Shoot

RIGA: Director Anthony Waller has completed shooting in Latvia on the US fantasy/horror film The Piper. The film’s service producer is the Latvian studio Tasse Film. The main shooting period…

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…