PRODUCTION: Aik Karapetian Preps Firstborn

RIGA: Writer/director Aik Karapetian continues to work on genres not typical for the Latvian cinema. After the successful horror picture The Man in the Orange Jacket, produced by Lokomotive Productions,…

GRANTS: Latvia Announces First Grants in 2015

RIGA: National Film Centre of Latvia distributed 911,954 EUR to 12 projects in the first film production grants session in 2015.

PRODUCTION: Ivars Tontegode shooting Knutification

RIGA: Director Ivars Tontegode is shooting a biographical documentary feature Knutification/Nepareizais about the life of Knuts Skujenieks, a poet who survived the Soviet prison camps and was later to become…

PRODUCTION: Era of Dance Shooting

RIGA: Viktors Buda and his team at VFS Films are shooting Era of Dance / Dejulaikmets, a music documentary on Rave, Dance and DJ cultures that bridged West Germany and…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Romeo and Juliet in Production

RIGA: Director Maris Martinsons continues work on Romeo and Juliet / Romeo un Džuljeta, his interpretation of Shakespeare's play. Here, the love story is set in contemporary Latvian society and…

PRODUCTION: Sex And The USSR A Double Life in Production

RIGA: Inara Kolmane is working on her archive-footage based documentary project about the intimate side of the life behind the Iron Curtain in Sex And The USSR, A Double Life/Sekss…

Five Latvian Feature Films to be Released in 2015

RIGA: Five Latvian features, including Laila Pakalnina's Dawn, are expected to be released in 2015.

FNE TV at Riga Meetings 2014: Vilnis Kalnellis director Rija Films

FNE asked Latvian producer Vilnis Kalnellis about the advantages of working as a producer in a small country like Latvia and the particular problems producers in small countries face.

FNE TV at Riga Meetings 2014: Latvian producer Andris Gauja

FNE spoke to the young Latvian producer and director Andris Gauja of The Lesson about how the new generation of Latvian filmmakers are using crowd funding, pitching sessions and other…

PRODUCTION: Janis Nords Develops Survivalist

TALLLINN: Latvian director Janis Nords is writing Survivalist, a drama of a schoolmaster who fakes his own death to escape mounting personal and financial pressures.

FNE at Riga IFF 2014: Mother, I Love You Wins Top Latvian Award

RIGA: Mother, I Love You directed by Jānis Nords scooped the best Latvian feature film as well as the award for best director, best actress and the audience award at…
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FNE Country Profile: Latvia

RIGA: The Latvian film industry has been developing progressively as well as successfully recovering from the hardships caused by the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. State funding for local…

FNE at Riga Meetings 2014: Latvian Industry Event Kicks Off

RIGA: The greatly expanded Riga Meetings kicks off today with four days of events, meetings and screenings for film professionals from around the world running 10-13 December in the Latvian…
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PRODUCTION: Latvian Finnish Chronicles of Melanie in Production

TALLINN: Director Viestur Kairish takes on the topic of the deportation of 40,000 Baltic citizens to Siberia in 1941 in the drama Chronicles of Melanie, planned for completion in 2015.

FNE at Riga IFF and Riga Meetings 2014: Riga fest kicks off with Kravcenko Doc

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival kicks off tonight with the screening of Beyond the Fear a new doc by Herz Frank and Maria Kravcenko. The film is a Latvian…
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Latvia Joins European Film Promotion

RIGA: Latvia has become the 35th member of European Film Promotion (EFP), joining Baltic State neighbors Estonia and Lithuania, which were previously represented in tandem with Latvia through the umbrella…

GRANTS: Latvia Announces Centennial Grants

RIGA: Thirteen film projects will receive state funding under the tender Local Films for Latvia's Centennial.

FESTIVALS: Latvian Film Festival Lielais Kristaps Announces Nominations

RIGA: The Latvian National Film Festival Lielais Kristaps, one of the central events of the upcoming Riga International Film Festival, has announced its nominees.

Kickstarter Campaign for Latvian Roller Skis Doc Launched

RIGA: The producers of a doc about Latvian athlete Raymond Dombrovsky’s bid to cross North America on roller-skis have launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the film which has also…