East Doc Series Debuts With Five Projects

RIGA: Five projects have been selected for the first session of East Doc Series, which takes place online at Baltic Sea Docs on 2 and 7 – 8 September 2020.

FESTIVALS: Baltic Sea Docs 2020 to Take Place Online

RIGA: The 24th edition of Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (Baltic Sea Docs) will take place online from 29 August to 6 September 2020. The Riga based international documentary film…

PRODUCTION: Staņislavs Tokalovs Shooting Latvian/Estonian Coproduction

RIGA: Staņislavs Tokalovs’ sophomore feature Lovable / Mīlulis started shooting in Riga on 4 August 2020. The film is produced by Latvia’s Tasse Film in coproduction with Estonia’s Stellar Films…

Five International Projects Approved by Riga Film Fund

RIGA: The Riga Film Fund has announced five projects selected to receive cash rebates in the amount of 511,732 EUR for the films to be shot in Latvia this year.

Baltic Sea Docs 2020 Announces Selected Projects

RIGA: The Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (Baltic Sea Docs), the Baltic documentary training and pitching event, has announced the 24 projects selected for its 24th edition, which will take…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Marta Elīna Martinsone Shoots Debut Feature Lame-o’s

RIGA: Latvian director Marta Elīna Martinsone has started shooting her debut film, the teen comedy Lame-o’s / Tizlenes produced by Ego Media. The film had several shooting days in January,…

PRODUCTION: Latvia’s Troubled Minds Preps for Fall Release

RIGA: Latvian directors Lauris Ābele and Raitis Ābele are in post-production with the Latvian/Norwegian coproduction Troubled Minds. The dramedy was presented at Karlovy Vary’s Eastern Promises on 6 July 2020.

Latvia Prepares to Resume Film Production

RIGA: The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Latvia has issued rules that state the social distancing requirements for film productions, allowing the gradual restart of film production in…

Cinema Splendid Palace Reopens In Riga But Multikino Latvia Ceases Operations

RIGA: Cinema Splendid Palace, operated by the Riga Municipality, will be the first cinema to reopen in Riga on 19 May, following Latvia’s easing of lockdown restrictions, which began on…

Baltic Sea Docs Forum Calls for Projects

RIGA: The Baltic Sea Docs Forum for Documentaries (BSD), a leading documentary training and pitching event in the Baltic countries, has announced a call for projects. The 24th edition will…

GRANTS: Latvia Awards 19 Production Grants for 2020

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has announced production grants for 2020. The grants in the amount of 1,768,327 EUR have been distributed to 19 film projects, including five…

HBO Europe Acquires Broadcasting Rights for Latvian/Czech/Lithuanian Coproduction Bille

RIGA: Ināra Kolmane’s 2018 feature film Bille, produced in the framework of the Latvian Centenary Film Programme, has become the first Latvian feature film bought for broadcasting by the international…

Latvian Film Marathon Viewed in 63 Countries

RIGA: The 16th annual Latvian Film Marathon organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia on 4 May 2020 drew 8,600 viewers in 63 countries. The event, which celebrates the…

Latvian Distributors Respond to Pandemic With Alternative Business Models

RIGA: Distribution companies in Latvia are seeking alternative ways to get films to audiences during the current closure of cinemas, including new and enhanced online platforms.

Riga Municipality Allocates Money for Riga Film Fund

RIGA: The Riga Municipality has allocated 800,000 EUR for the Riga Film Fund in its 2020 budget. The funds will be available for foreign and national coproductions shot in Latvia.

National Film Centre of Latvia Expands Accessibility of Films Online

RIGA: The National Film Centre of Latvia has made its database of national films available to schoolchildren and the general public during the COVID-19 crisis.

PRODUCTION: Latvian Filmmaker Ivars Zviedris Documents a Country in Lockdown

RIGA: The Latvian documentary filmmaker Ivars Zviedris has started documenting the evolving situation and people affected by the virus, in response to the restrictions introduced in Latvia due to COVID-19.

Warhunt Starring Mickey Rourke Halts Production in Latvia

RIGA: The shooting on the mystical WWII thriller Warhunt directed by Mauro Borrelli, produced by Igor Pronin for Latvia’s Forma Pro Films and starring Mickey Rourke halted in Latvia due…

GRANTS: Latvia Extends Grant Application Deadlines For Minority Coproductions

RIGA: The deadline for minority coproduction grants applications has been extended from 27 March to 26 April 2010, with the results to be announced by 26 May 2020. The decision…

PRODUCTION: Latvia’s Tasse Film To Coproduce Russian Spy Series Pawns

RIGA: Russian spy series Pawns (Metrafilms), which was presented at the Berlinale’s CoPro Series, will be coproduced by Latvia’s Tasse Film. The series conceived by Michael and Lily Idov is…