BALTIC PREMIERE OF ‘PUTIN’S WITNESSES’ ON SALE NOW

‘Putin’s Witnesses’, honoured as Best Documentary at the KVIFF, included in the programme of the RIGA IFF

The Vitaly Mansky’s documentary ‘Putin’s Witnesses’ has won the Documentary Films Competition at the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and will have its Baltic premiere at the Riga International Film Festival on October 23. Tickets are already available HERE.

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‘Putin’s Witnesses’, honoured as Best Documentary at the KVIFF, included in the programme of the RIGA IFF

The Vitaly Mansky’s documentary ‘Putin’s Witnesses’ has won the Documentary Films Competition at the 53rd edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and will have its Baltic premiere at the Riga International Film Festival on October 23. Tickets are already available HERE.

‘Putin’s Witnesses’ is an unprecedentedly close portrait of the President of Russia and his allies. There are videos from the private archive of the Mansky’s family and footage shot at the turn of the 21st century when the current political elite of Russia was formed. At that period, Vitaly Mansky made several films that allowed him to enter the off-stage of the state politics. Those were films about Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin and life inside the Kremlin. The previously unrevealed footage shows the most crucial transition in the recent history of Russia. The documentary testimonies tell about the events which followed the unexpected resi­gnation of the Russia’s president Boris Yeltsin and the start of ‘Operation Suc­cessor’ that brought Vladimir Putin to the throne of power.

When asked about the significance of this film, the director gives the following answer: “My testimony is important not only for the Russian society – to cure it from an advanced disease, but also for other countries – to prevent them from losing their freedom. This film calls to look back on and reflect upon the portrayed process of change as cinema is like a mirror allowing us not only to look at ourselves here and now, but also in a histori­cal perspective.”

Sonora Broka, the creative director of the RIGA IFF, characterizes the topicality of this film as sadly paradoxical, taking into account that its footage was made almost 20 years ago. ‘Putin’s Witnesses’ is an opportunity to land in the segment of time when a new, frightening era commenced. An era that continues to cast its shadows over us.

‘Putin’s Witnesses’ is a co-production by Studio Vertov (Latvia), GoldenEggProduction (Switzerland ) and Hypermarket Film (Czechia).

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SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings

Get noticed and confronted by professionals, receive a valuable feedback and perceive your film from a different perspective!  “SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings” look for the Baltic short film projects that are recently finished or undergo their final stages of production.

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Get noticed and confronted by professionals, receive a valuable feedback and perceive your film from a different perspective!  “SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings” look for the Baltic short film projects that are recently finished or undergo their final stages of production.

Ten selected entries will be presented to the expert panel members and a special audience at RIGA IFF 2018. The experts this year: Wouter Jansen (The Netherlands), Asja Krsmanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Dāvis Sīmanis (Latvia), Thom Palmen (Latvia), Anna Purkrabkova (Czechia). Get acquainted with them here.

Submit online here till 15th of August (23:59 CET).

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ENTRIES OPEN FOR CHILDREN’S FILM PROJECT PITCHING FORUM

The next edition of the Riga International Film festival’s Forum, an annual pitching forum and co-production platform for children’s film creators, will be taking place from October 18-19. The compact two day event will feature a pitching session for children’s film projects in development stage (with estimated release no later than 2022).

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The next edition of the Riga International Film festival’s Forum, an annual pitching forum and co-production platform for children’s film creators, will be taking place from October 18-19. The compact two day event will feature a pitching session for children’s film projects in development stage (with estimated release no later than 2022).

The best project will be awarded with a prize of 5000 EUR, to be spent on post-production services at the Riga-based service company BB Rental.

Launched in 2016, Forum consists of:

  • upcoming children’s film project presentations from the Baltic Sea region, Central and Eastern Europe. Forum gathers an audience of co-producers, distributors and sales agents;
  • one-to-one meetings;
  • young experts’ sessions — opportunity to present the projects to a potential target-audience — children aged from 7 to 14 and get their feedback in a moderated session.

In 2017 RIGA IFF FORUM gathered guests from 16 different countries. The prize for best project went to Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm, a winter adventure tale produced by Estonia’s Lux Film.

In close cooperation with local tech event and multimedia content producers, Story Hub, and with support of the startup community, TechHub Riga, RIGA IFF Forum will feature a conference focused on educational content creation for children in the new yet swiftly evolving mediums of virtual and augmented reality. Those inspired by the seminar are welcome to attend a 24h hackathon, where they can combine creative ideas with the sharp minds of the Baltic tech scene and bring to life their ideas for a AR/VR-based product for children.

Apply to pitch your project in RIGA IFF Forum until 15th of August here

The list of the confirmed projects for the pitching session will be announced by August 22.

If your project is selected for pitching at RIGA IFF Forum, your accommodation for up to 3 nights and travel expenses will be covered by the festival.

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COMPETITION SUBMISSION DEADLINE REMINDER

8th of June is the film submission deadline for the three competition programmes of the Riga International Film Festival. The filmmakers have less than seven days to get their entries in for the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition, SHORT RIGA International Competition and SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition.

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8th of June is the film submission deadline for the three competition programmes of the Riga International Film Festival. The filmmakers have less than seven days to get their entries in for the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition, SHORT RIGA International Competition and SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition.

There are up to ten titles selected for the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition each year. The majority of funding must originate in the Baltic Sea Region (Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden). Other than that, this category sets no restrictions regarding the genre or style. The programme welcomes documentaries, fiction films, animation works and mixed creations. This competition seeks productions that use innovative cinematic language as an expression of the auteur.

The members of the international jury this year – Anna Möttölä, Executive Director of the Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy, Barbora Ligasová, representative of the Czech Film Center, Rainer Sarnet, Estonian theatre and film director, winner of the RIGA IFF Award 2017, and Andrei Tănăsescu, representative of the prominent Toronto International Film Festival.

The winner of the competition is presented with the RIGA IFF Award –  a bronze sculpture comprised of eight pieces (author – artists Ervīns Broks), thus allowing for distribution among the team in acknowledgement of the collective effort, – and a prize of EUR 2000.

Up to 35 most interesting submissions of short films are selected for the SHORT RIGA International Competition and will be presented to the panel of international jury: Chintis Lundgren, animation director and animator from Estonia, currently working in Croatia, Enrico Vannucci, festival advisor and film programme curator from Italy,  Ieva Viese-Vigula, Latvian writer and film critic, Jānis Putniņš, Latvian filmmaker and film scholar, and Per Fikse, director of the Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim. The winner of this competition is awarded Silver Grass Snake (symbol of the SHORT RIGA programme) pin and also receives a monetary reward of 1000 eur.

The SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition comprises a selection of video productions from the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania). Three of this year’s jury members can be revealed already: Jessica Manstetten, curator of the MuVi Prize competition programme and MuVi International programme at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Juris Simanovičs, musician that represents the Latvian musical underground scene, and Inese Vēriņa-Lubiņa, audiovisual media artist from Latvia. The award – Silver Grass Snake (symbol of SHORT RIGA programme) pin – goes to the winner of this competition during the RIGA IFF Award Ceremony.

Please find more on the three above mentioned competitions here

The festival is organized with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, the European Commission’s programme ‘Creative Europe – MEDIA’, the National Film Centre of Latvia, and the Riga City Council.

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ARTDOCFEST COMPETITION PROGRAMME MOVES TO RIGA

This autumn, ARTDOCFEST/RIGA, the documentary film programme will be much more impressive as it includes the entire international film competition programme of the most significant festival of documentary films in Russia – Artdocfest.

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This autumn, ARTDOCFEST/RIGA, the documentary film programme will be much more impressive as it includes the entire international film competition programme of the most significant festival of documentary films in Russia – Artdocfest.

21 pictures will be presented to the audience, each of them a
premiere: some – Latvian, others – Baltic or European, and several – world premiere.

Russia will host the 12th edition of Artdocfest already, but it will be possible to show there only a part of the competition program. As for censorship, bureaucratic and other reasons, some of the films cannot be presented in the neighbouring country, the screenings of the competition programme and the work of the jury will be held within the framework of the ARTDOCFEST/RIGA program of the RIGA IFF. The opportunity to demonstrate this film
selection in Latvia allows to maintain the high professional level of the international competition.

Commentary by Vitaly Mansky, the president of the festival Artdocfest and the curator of the ARTDOCFEST/RIGA programme of RIGA IFF: “We have always set and will set our goal to make documentary films that are true to reality and marked by the originality of the author’s artistic language and approach accessible to a wide audience. However, the conditions developed by the cultural policy of Russia do not tolerate such endeavours. By substituting culture with propaganda, the state loses its connection first with the elites and as a consequence – with people. Culture is designed to shape and prepare society for evolution. Otherwise, only a revolution can be attained. Artdocfest shows films that comprehend the topical and interweaves its own story into the chronicles of our time… We are not going underground and do not leave for emigration yet, but we are forced to use the experience of both the first and the second.”

RIGA IFF will take place from 18th to 31st of October this year. The festival is organized with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation, the European Commission’s programme ‘Creative Europe – MEDIA’, the National Film Centre of Latvia, and the Riga City Council. General media partner of ARDOCFEST/RIGA – television and digital news network ‘Current Time’.

The screening venues will be cinemas Splendid Palace, Kino Bize, K Suns, and the National Library of Latvia. You are welcome to read more about the film programmes here. Detailed information about films, events, screening schedule and tickets will be available starting from the 20th of September.

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE
FROM MAY 22

Tickets are now on sale for the RIGA IFF 2018 taking place from October 18 to 31. This year’s film selection promises to be diverse and exciting – over 150 feature films, documentaries, animations and short films from Latvia and around the world. Get your tickets here!

Tickets are now on sale for the RIGA IFF 2018 taking place from October 18 to 31. This year’s film selection promises to be diverse and exciting – over 150 feature films, documentaries, animations and short films from Latvia and around the world. Get your tickets here!

Tickets are now on sale for the RIGA IFF 2018 taking place from October 18 to 31. This year’s film selection promises to be diverse and exciting – over 150 feature films, documentaries, animations and short films from Latvia and around the world. Get your tickets here!

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RIGA IFF 2018 launches
3 new programmes

RIGA IFF 2018 presents 3 new film programmes: BERLINALE 2018 Riga – highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival, ARCHITECT’S CUT – architecture film programme, and INGMAR BERGMAN 100 – tribute to Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman. More about the festival programmes here

RIGA IFF 2018 presents 3 new film programmes: BERLINALE 2018 Riga – highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival, ARCHITECT’S CUT – architecture film programme, and INGMAR BERGMAN 100 – tribute to Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman. More about the festival programmes here

RIGA IFF 2018 presents 3 new film programmes: BERLINALE 2018 Riga – highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival, ARCHITECT’S CUT – architecture film programme, and INGMAR BERGMAN 100 – tribute to Swedish film legend Ingmar Bergman. More about the festival programmes here

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RIGA IFF SELECTION — ‘3 Days in Quiberon’

The most recent addition to the RIGA IFF SELECTION programme is a film nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival – ‘3 Days in Quiberon’.

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The most recent addition to the RIGA IFF SELECTION programme is a film nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival – ‘3 Days in Quiberon’.

Three days in the life of a European film icon. The Austrian-born actress Romy Schneider (1938 – 1982) gives her last interview during a period marked with the feeling of inner and outer insecurity and despair even though her urge for living remains intact. Extensive conversations with the reporter of German weekly magazine Stern reveal her vulnerability and failure to find a balance in art and private life, her penchant for self-destruction that had been hidden behind the charm and professional ambitions.

The award-winning photojournalist Robert Lebeck entrusted the director with hundreds of unpublished black and white images of a woman, not the mythical star, yet unmistakable in her style: trench coat, ponytail, cigarette, radiating a wistful presence.
The film has been nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and received seven prizes Golden Lola at the German Film Awards.

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NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS —
‘Winter Brothers’

The NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS programme of the RIGA IFF is proud to present ‘Winter Brothers’ –  the feature debut film of the talented Icelandic visual artist and director Hlynur Palmason.   

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The NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS programme of the RIGA IFF is proud to present ‘Winter Brothers’ –  the feature debut film of the talented Icelandic visual artist and director Hlynur Palmason.   

A story about the endless winters of family ties. A desolate limestone mining community of men with craggy faces resides in a remote Danish village. The darkness of the mines and human nature flows into the landscape covered in an indistinguishable mixture of white dust and snow. Two brothers live and work there – Johan is a handsome, hardworking and easygoing young man, but Emil is an awkward, thievish brewer of a suspicious hooch and a self-absorbed dreamer. There is just one woman in this world of relentless industrial sounds…

The Hlynur Palmason’s impressive, aesthetically idiosyncratic debut feature is awarded in many international film festivals, including the Locarno International Film Festival.

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BERLINALE 2018 RIGA — ‘Shut up and play the piano!’

BERLINALE 2018 RIGA, the brand new programme of the RIGA IFF, is showcasing the highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival. One of the most peculiar films in this selection is ‘Shut up and Play the Piano!’ – an insightful and ambitious documentary about the Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer Chilly Gonzales.

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BERLINALE 2018 RIGA, the brand new programme of the RIGA IFF, is showcasing the highlights of the Berlin International Film Festival. One of the most peculiar films in this selection is ‘Shut up and Play the Piano!’ – an insightful and ambitious documentary about the Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer Chilly Gonzales.

After making a name as an electro-rapper, Chilly Gonzales (Jason Charles Beck) turned into a creator of quiet sounds on the piano.  Even though he declared himself the president of Berlin’s underground music scene in 2003, the artist managed to attract a new global audience shortly afterwards with the tranquil album Solo Piano.

In his directing debut, Philipp Jedicke blends archive materials with dramatised scenes and interviews with the entertainer’s contemporaries. The thread that runs through the film is an extended conversation between Chilly Gonzales and writer Sibylle Berg, revealing his genius and the sources of his inspiration.

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