One of the oldest, most opulent and beautiful cinemas in Europe. Every film screening and event held here turns into an unforgettable occasion, which is why this is where the RIGA IFF Opening event, the Feature Film Competition, film premieres, the Award ceremony, and most screenings are held. It’s also where you’ll find the Festival Information Centre!
A legendary cinema managed with much care that still retains the air of movie houses now long gone. Excellent films were already being shown here two decades before the birth of RIGA IFF. It’s also where special films being shown at the festival will be awaiting their just-as-special viewers.
A small and cozy cinema hidden in the Quiet Centre of Riga, directly across the street from a building designed by Sergei Eisenstein’s father. It is literally the Art Nouveau of Riga’s film scene, as well as the venue where the festival will screen both Baltic films and memorable short films.
The underground floor of Splendid Palace is a lively meeting place where film industry professionals and film buffs meet both like- and divergent-minded people via lectures, presentations and discussions.
The National Library of Latvia, also known as Castle of Light, is a subject of constant debate and one of the most noticeable buildings in the city’s skyline. It’s also where RIGA IFF will be showing its ARCHITECT’S CUT film programme, inviting viewers to direct their attention to an art form that affects everyone.
A place where an evening can begin with a book and a cup of tea, then unexpectedly morph into active participation in a spontaneous performance. In effect, a place for inspiration, conversation, and an open mind. RIGA IFF invites viewers to come here and relax after screenings; it’s also the setting for the festival’s major film industry networking event.
National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture
A building that fully comprehends the ins and outs of filmmaking: the pulling of all-nighters at film editing tables, dust motes floating in the beam of the projector, and guileless enthusiasm. It’s also where reps from various tech fields and the creative industries will have 24 hours in which to create educational content for virtual reality experiences. Short film presentations will also take place here.
The former brewery and onetime lavish villa is a popular celebration spot where you can dance either in the courtyard or indoors among bookshelves and ornate fireplaces. One of the festival’s most spirited events will take place here – the Baltic Music Video Competition screening and after-party featuring DJs.
The city has big plans for this historical dam, but for the time being it’s a popular venue for various entertainment and cultural events. During the festival, local and international film industry representatives will meet here to discuss development of the Northern European film market.