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32nd European Film Awards ceremony – livestream on December 7
RIGA IFF in cooperation with the European Film Academy invites everyone to watch the live broadcast of the 32nd European Film Awards (EFA) on December 7 starting from 18:00 (Latvia time). 18:00 – the red carpet 20:00 – the award ceremony .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Among the nominees there's a number of films screened during RIGA IFF and all the nominations can be found here. EFA take place outside Berlin every other year and in 2014 the ceremony was hosted in Riga – a partnership with the freshly founded RIGA IFF. This year’s ceremony honours the achievements of European cinema in 24 categories and welcomes outstanding European film makers such as Werner Herzog, recipient of the 2019 EFA Lifetime Achievement Award, and Juliette Binoche, who will be awarded with the Achievement in World Cinema award, together with many other protagonists of European cinema such as Wim Wenders and Agnieszka Holland. Riga International Film Festival is an official live stream partner of the European Film Awards.
RIGA IFF 2020 dates and SUPER EARLY BIRD tickets!
We are happy to announce that Riga International Film festival will take place from October 15 to 25 in year 2020! We celebrate this with a special holiday deal – Super Early Bird 10-Ticket Pack and Festival Pass. Both of these are a unique chance to take care of the best present for yourself and dearest ones during the holiday season. Offer available until December 22! Super early bird 10-Ticket Pack (EUR 30,-) Enjoy our special offer! 100 exclusive 10-ticket packs allow for more affordable RIGA IFF. The RIGA IFF will showcase more than 100 screenings of feature films, documentaries, and short films from around the globe. As soon as the individual tickets go on sale, the pack holders are welcome to book 10 tickets for screenings of their choice, excluding the Opening Night. Multiple tickets per screening can be used. Super early bird festival pass (EUR 99,-) It doesn't get more affordable than this. With the festival pass you have it all, including the Opening Night! It's the best gift during the holiday season to the festival fans. It’s a personalised ID card that allows you to attend any of more than 100 of the festival’s screenings.
RIGA IFF announces its 2019 winners
The sixth annual Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) attracted a record number of visitors and came to a close as the winners of the festival's competition programmes were awarded. FEATURE FILM COMPETITION RIGA IFF Award Nova Lituania, dir. Karolis Kaupinis Special Mention Animus Animalis (A story about people, animals and things), dir. Aistė Žegulytė FIPRESCI Latvian Section Jury Award: Scandinavian Silence, dir. Martti Helde Splendid Palace People’s Choice award Scandinavian Silence, dir. Martti Helde SHORT RIGA International Competition Best Short Film Uncle Thomas, accounting for the days, dir. Regina Pessoa RIGA IFF European Film Academy Short Film Candidate Uncle Thomas, accounting for the days, dir. Regina Pessoa Special Mention Community Gardens, dir. Vytautas Katkus Special Mention Operation Jane Walk, dir. Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition Best Music Video Garbanotas Liūdnos akys, dir. Titas Sūdžius Special mention Puuluup Kasekesed, dir. Taavi Arus KIDS WEEKEND Feature Film Competition RIGA IFF Children’s Jury Diploma – Best Film Rocca Changes the World, dir. Katja Benrath ARTDOCFEST/RIGA Grand Prix Immortal, dir. Ksenia Okhapkina Best Director Maxim Shved, Pure Art Jury award School of Seduction, dir. Alina Rudnitskaya Special mention Daymohk, dir. Masha Novikova Special mention State Funeral, dir. Sergei Loznitsa  

Awards ceremony live-stream

RIGA IFF has kicked off
On Thursday, October 17, the legendary cinema Splendid Palace hosted the opening of one of the largest Baltic film festivals – Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF). It commenced with a screening of 3D animation film Away, made by the local filmmaker and animator Gints Zilbalodis. The guests were addressed by RIGA IFF Director Liene Treimane, Artistic Director Sonora Broka, National Film Centre of Latvia Director Dita Rietuma, and Gints Zilbalodis, the author of Away. The speakers highlighted the significant role that RIGA IFF plays in creating the image of the capital of Latvia. This marvellous event is also an opportunity to pay tribute to the world's cinema. The 6th edition of the RIGA IFF will be held until Sunday, October 27. More than 140 films in 11 separate thematic sections will be screened at various cultural venues, such as Splendid Palace, K.Suns, Kino Bize, Cafe Film Noir, the National Library of Latvia, and others.
Baltic Music Video Competition and the Festival’s Biggest Party
The SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video (BMV) Competition and Party will mark the festival’s second and last Friday evening. This event of the year for music video creators from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will take place at Villa C.C. fon Stritzky, where the works will be screened in their most fitting format. The competition screenings will take place in an informal party atmosphere with the filmmakers and musicians in the audience; afterwards, the party will hit full throttle as DJs from Riga, Moscow and Amsterdam spin tunes until dawn.

The evening will start at 20:00 as the works selected for the BMV Competition demonstrate that the music video is a powerful short format in its own right. The programme’s curators spent a whole year searching for works that challenge audiences by extending the accepted boundaries of the music video format, content, and even art in general – and now they are ready to present what they’ve found. An integral part of the evening will be the meet and greet with music video makers, musicians, curators, and the competition’s international jury.

As soon as the screening finishes, the lights will go dim and the dance floor will open to the evening’s performers and you – our guests. Artūrs Liepiņš (Riga) As a DJ, Artūrs rarely plays music created by others because he spends most of his time composing original works. He has been part of the projects Dun Dun and ELVI/DUNIAN, has written music for the films Paradise 89, All My Friends are Dead and Fabula, and is working on creating the audiovisual identity of RIGA IFF. He is currently working on the project Domenique Dumont, a collaboration with a mysterious French artist that begun in 2013. The music of Domenique Dumont has been released by the record labels Antinote, International Feel and Record Makers, and has attracted the attention of various international media outlets (Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, NME). Domenique Dumont’s music has also been featured at a number of festivals and on international broadcasts, including BBC Radio, NTS, Radio Nova, and FIP FM. As Liepiņš himself says: ‘I’ll be playing a variety of both contemporary and 20th-century music that has been either ripped from dusty hard drives and flash drives, has been mailed to me, I’ve found on the street in other countries, or has been recommended to me by friends or algorithms.’

JAVYBZ (Moscow) Javybz (Anya Karmanova and Julia Rodionova) is a Moscow-based duo. They are also residents at the London radio station NTS, where they host the monthly show  All Styles All Smiles. Anya and Julia recently celebrated ten years on the radio (the show originally debuted at another London radio station – Deep Frequency). They've also done shows for Red Light, Worldwide FM, David Byrne and The Lot Radio. Both artists focus on rare grooves, classics, new productions and obscurities with a worldwide perspective. Together and independently they've been involved in various music projects such as organising parties and vinyl markets, curating festivals, and curating music for an exhibition at the Tate Modern.

JEN Z (Amsterdam) JEN Z, aka Žanete Skarule, has a master’s degree in Film/Video from the California Institute of Arts (CalArts) and is an experienced director who made her debut at RIGA IFF in 2017 with the film Flying Monks Temple and the project Sound We See: Riga. This year, she is participating with the short film Fabula. Alongside her professional career, JEN Z skillfully leads crowd scenes on the dance floor.

All Films Go on Sale and Curators Offer Their Insights!
The RIGA IFF 2019 programme is indeed ready! 148 films in 11 days and 11 thematic sections including competition programmes – these are the numbers of the sixth Riga International Film Festival. You can find our curators' insights by most of the film descriptions on this site - a chance to see the  film from the curators' point of view! Again, contemporary cinema will meet the classics and work of renowned directors will be screened alongside courageous debuts. There's no shortage of films in the programme, but we have made sure that one can navigate them easily and that the most treasured finds can be saved for later. Do that with “❤”! Head over to the calendar view or the alphabetical index and pick your favourites.