Latvian Comedy Samuel's Travels Acquired by HBO Central Europe

RIGA: Samuel's Travels, directed by Latvian/Armenian filmmaker Aik Karapetian, has been acquired by HBO Central Europe. The deal was signed by the Copenhagen-based LevelK, who had picked up the international…

Latvian/Norwegian Animated Film My Favourite War in French Cinemas

RIGA: Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen's antiwar long animated film My Favourite War was released in over 40 cinemas in France on 20 April 2022. The French release had been postponed for…

FESTIVALS: Ukrainian Dad's Sneakers Wins 2ANNAS 2022

RIGA: The Grand Prix of the 26th Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS went to the Ukrainian film Dad's Sneakers directed by Olha Zhurba.

FESTIVALS: Riga IFF 2022 Opens Call for Applications

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival has launched the call for applications for its new edition set for 13 - 23 October 2022. Feature, short, and children's films, as well…

FNE at Berlinale 2022: Latvian Film in Berlin

On 10 February, the annual Berlin International Film Festival starts, and Latvia is represented in competition programmes as well as film market screenings. Animation short Hush, Hush Little Bear by…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Signe Birkova Shoots Feature Debut Lotus

RIGA: Latvian director Signe Birkova has begun shooting her debut fiction feature film Lotus, a comical phantasmagory about a young woman in 1919 Latvia, who desires new challenges and expression…

Cinemas in Latvia Re-open after Four Weeks of Lockdown

RIGA: Cinemas were allowed to re-open in Latvia on 15 November 2021. The closure of cinemas and all other cultural venues, among other restrictions, had been in place since 21…

FNE Speaks with Dita Rietuma, Head of National Film Centre of Latvia

FNE spoke with Dita Rietuma, the head of the National Film Centre of Latvia, about how the pandemic has changed the situation of Latvian cinema, which had been flourishing in…

COVID Lockdown Forces Latvian National Film Awards to be Postponed Until 2022

RIGA: The Latvian National Film Awards, initially set to take place 11-14 November 2021, have been postponed to 24-27 February 2022 due to the lockdown in the country. The event…

FESTIVALS: Andrius Blaževičius’ Runner Wins 2021 Riga IFF

RIGA: The Lithuanian/Czech coproduction Runner / Bėgikė by Andrius Blaževičius has received the main award in the Feature Film Competition of the 8th edition of the Riga International Film Festival.…

Cinemas in Latvia Close, Riga IFF 2021 Moves Online Due to Lockdown

RIGA: Latvia went into lockdown on 21 October 2021 with a number of restrictions in place until 15 November 2021 due to the surge of new COVID-19 cases. As a…

FNE Oscar Watch 2022: The Pit to Represent Latvia in Oscar Race

RIGA: Dace Pūce’s debut feature The Pit / Bedre has been selected as Latvia’s candidate for the 94th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award in the Best International…

Riga IFF Forum 2021 to Focus on Short Films, Animation, XR and Women

RIGA: The Riga International Film Festival's industry activities, presented under the umbrella name of Riga IFF Forum, are focused this year on short films, XR and animation, showcasing new Latvian…

PRODUCTION: Latvian Director Signe Birkova Concludes Postproduction on Documentary Ring of Fire

RIGA: The Latvian director Signe Birkova is concluding postproduction on her documentary Ring of Fire / Ugunsaplis, which focuses on a group of four actors who have formed their own…

LevelK Boards the Latvian/Belgian Dark Comedy Samuel’s Travels

RIGA: The international sales and aggregation outfit LevelK has boarded the Latvian/Belgian comedy Samuel’s Travels by Aik Karapetian, which will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest in the USA…

Baltic Sea Docs 2021 Announces Winners

RIGA: The 25th Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries, which ran in Riga and online from 1 to 12 September 2021, has announced its winners. Eighteen film projects from 17 countries…

FESTIVALS: RIGA IFF 2021 Announces Lineup

RIGA: The 8th Riga IFF has announced the titles selected for the Feature Film Competition. The festival will take place in person and online from 14 to 24 October 2021.

The 25 Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries to Take Place in Person and Online

RIGA: The 25 Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries will run in Riga and online from 1st to 12 September 2021. Eighteen film projects from 17 countries will be presented at…

FESTIVALS: Baltic Sea Forum Announces 2021 Programme

RIGA: The Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (Baltic Sea Docs) has concluded the project selection for its 25th edition that will run 1 - 12 September. The most important documentary…

Forma Pro Films to Open Latvian LED Unit Studio

RIGA: The Lativan production company Forma Pro Films plans to open one of Europe’s largest LED Unit studios in Riga in August 2021. The new space will encompass 1,500 square…