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RIGA IFF 2020: Owning the Unknown
Changes affect everyone, and significant changes can rarely be neatly planned in advance, or pencilled in on kitchen calendars. Although unforeseen things happen regularly, almost everyone has had to face this fact of life in the last few months. What can a film festival do in the current circumstances? How should festival creators, spectators, and filmmakers respond? You can identify the unknown, accept it and make it your own. You can recognise that whatever plans you make, anything else might happen instead. One planned scenario is replaced by the next. And they are all ours, both those that have happened and those that are still to come. Through art, we long to experience the unusual and the unexpected. We empathise with and live through others. We are captivated by watching protagonists and the medium of film itself stand in front of the unknown, confidently take the first step and somehow find the right path. We have a choice to perceive the world’s complexities and changes in a variety of ways – with exasperation, suspicion, or serenity. We can also choose to perceive the world with confidence, with a knowledge that we are not captives of the current circumstances, but rather that this experience belongs to us. And that we can do whatever we want with it. It is with this confidence that RIGA IFF announces that it will take place for the seventh time this year, from 15-25 October. The festival will gather viewers, filmmakers and film professionals to  once more face the unknown and make it their own. We invite our audiences to awaken their desire for adventure and discovery, because this year will be rich in innovations. Innovations will weave through the programming as well as the format – the festival is ready to take place both in person and online, depending on what the unknown future will bring. One thing is clear – the festival will take place and will further its mission without compromising on quality.   https://youtu.be/t-pjkd6TOnk     RIGA IFF 2020 will open sales for 10-ticket packages on 19 May. This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to secure tickets early at a good price thereby reserving a place at this year’s festival where they will be able to encounter bold, new forms of cinema and storytelling and expand the boundaries of their perception. The unknown surrounds us, in cinema as in life. Let’s observe, let’s allow for the unknown to reveal itself, let’s adjust and let’s be brave. Let there be an even better and fuller life. Let the festival take place again and let it be re-invented. RIGA IFF 2020, 15-25 October.
RIGA IFF Seeks Baltic and Nordic Feature Debuts and International Shorts
Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) welcomes submissions to its four competition programmes: the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition and three SHORT RIGA competitions – the international and national short film competitions, and the Baltic Music Video Competition (BMV). The festival's competitions are especially opportune for debuting directors seeing that RIGA IFF juries include a considerable number of programme organisers for other international film festivals. The seventh edition of RIGA IFF will take place October 15 to 25, 2020. At a moment when so many film events, unfortunately, get cancelled or have to seek novel forms of reaching their audiences, we hope that autumn will come with recovery, rejuvenation and new strength – both within the industry and elsewhere. The RIGA IFF dates remain as planned – in October, when we can meet again in the most beautiful cinema halls of Riga. All competitions are judged by international jury panels composed of members from the professional international film community. Winners of past editions and the respective juries can be found on our  Previously section. The call for submissions opens on 19 March 2020. Submissions are accepted through FilmFreeway and must adhere to the following deadlines: • RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition – July 1 • SHORT RIGA International Competition – July 1 • SHORT RIGA National Competition – July 1 • SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition – August 7 The selected works will be announced by September 10, 2020. More detailed information about rules, regulations, closing dates and awards can be found on Competitions section. Features From the Baltic Sea Region and the Nordic Countries The RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition reflects transitions and recent trends in cinema. Its geographical frame – the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries and their associated territories – represents the distinctly different film schools, traditions, languages and visions on various sides of the same sea. There are no genre restrictions – films may fall into documentary, fiction, animation, or any cross-genre category. The submitted films must have been completed after July 1st, 2019, and the Latvian premiere of international submissions must take place during RIGA IFF. Short film competitions and EFA Candidacy In 2019 SHORT RIGA became part of the network of 24 film festivals that qualifies films for the European Film Awards (EFA) short film nomination. This network focuses on both selection and promotion of the 24 best short films made by European directors. This year, SHORT RIGA is expanding its competition by adding a National Competition for short film next to its international counterpart. The SHORT RIGA National Competition’s aim is to promote Latvian short films and talents, and selects at least six films to feature. The SHORT RIGA International Competition will select 35 works that display distinct auteur expression regardless of genre – animation, fiction, documentary, and experimental film are all admissible. The international jury will then select one single EFA candidate from the eligible films selected for both competitions. Scouting the Baltic Music Video Scene The SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition (BMV) seeks music videos that are daring, innovative and experimental. The music videos themselves must have been produced in either Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania; the country of origin in terms of the music is not a factor in selection. Only official music video clips are accepted. Prizes The Feature Film Competition’s winning director will receive the special RIGA IFF Award – an eight-piece figurine of a rooster poured in bronze, and a monetary prize of €2,000. In the three SHORT RIGA competitions, the winning directors will receive the Silver Grass-snake – a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a grass-snake; the winner of the International Competition will receive an additional monetary prize of €1,000. A single candidate from the eligible national and international competitions will be selected for the “European Short Film 2021” award. About the festival The Riga International Film Festival was established in 2014, and has quickly become one of Latvia’s premier cultural events. It is a celebration of cinema that introduces the international film industry to the current body of work coming out of the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries, and in turn, introduces local audiences to the latest happenings in world cinema. The festival advances public interest in current events taking place in the contemporary cinema landscape, and encourages dialogue between viewers and filmmakers. The mission of RIGA IFF is to create an internationally recognised cinema event that promotes Riga, enriches the northern European cultural space, and advocates for the development of an intelligent, open and active society. RIGA IFF is organised 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.
Video: Yet another year that’s better than the last one!
Join us as we look back at the sixth edition of RIGA IFF that attracted a record number of visitors. RIGA IFF 2020 will take place from October 15 to 25. But now, for a limited time only, there's 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! https://youtu.be/Y3KTKLnTAj0 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.
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. https://youtu.be/_Xk6bKGwsaM
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