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RIGA IFF announces 2021 dates and publishes video archive
Events at RIGA IFF 2020 brought together many film industry professionals, experts and cinema-goers - both in person and online. As of today, video recordings of the most engaging public discussions, lectures and interviews have been compiled into an archive that can be found on the festival website. In the autumn of 2021, the festival will once again invite audiences to enjoy an extensive program dedicated to both cinema lovers and industry professionals from 14 to 24 October. To round off a season characterised by the ability to identify and accept the unknown, an overview of the 2020 festival has also been published alongside video recordings of the festival’s events. https://youtu.be/PmdG9YNNRBk In the 2020 video archive you can, amongst others, view the following: A masterclass by Director Gints Zilbalodis, director of the internationally acclaimed feature film “Away”; Inspirational lectures by international augmented reality professionals, which were a part of RIGA IFF GOES XR; ARCHITECT'S CUT Guest Curator Viesturs Celmiņš’ discussion with Architects Sintija Vaivadis and Evelīna Ozola; A discussion on climate change organised in cooperation with the Latvian Fund for Nature that took place after the screening of the film “Aniara”; Interviews with a total of 25 directors who participated in the SHORT RIGA program; Green Charter For Film Festivals – a lecture series about sustainable filmmaking and organising environmentally friendly cinema events. You can access the archive at rigaiff.lv. RIGA IFF is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, the EU Creative Europe – MEDIA program, the National Film Centre of Latvia and the Riga City Council.  
33rd European Film Awards Presented Virtually From 8 to 12 December
Today marks the beginning of the 33rd European Film Awards (EFA) which will be presented as a series of virtual events every evening at 21:00 (Latvia time) from 8 to 12 December. Riga International Film Festival is an official livestream partner of the EFA and all events can be watched below.  The ceremony honours the achievements of European cinema in various categories and welcomes outstanding European filmmakers. Among the nominees (explore the full list here) a host of films screened during RIGA IFF 2020 can be found – Undine, Martin Eden, Berlin Alexanderplatz, to name a few.  Perhaps most importantly, Regina Pessoa's Uncle Thomas, Accounting For The Days is the European Short Film Award candidate selected at RIGA IFF 2019 and the winner will be announced on Thursday, 10 December. The programme kicks off on Tuesday, 8 December, with a discussion dedicated to the re-structuring, re-engineering and re-aligning the European film industry – “From Survival to Revival: Building the Post-Covid Future” (with Mark Cousins, Agnieszka Holland, Kirsten Niehuus and Thomas Vinterberg).  From 9 to 11 December during the “EFAs at Eight” various awards will be presented, save for the main EFA categories. On 12 December the awards in Film, Documentary, Discovery, Director, Actress, Actor, Screenwriter, Innovative Storytelling categories will be presented. Full programme can be explored at the European Film Awards website. .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%; }
A Celebration of Cinema in Person and Online across Latvia – the Seventh Riga International Film Festival Concludes and Announces the Winners
The seventh Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) ended on Sunday 25 October. This year, the festival lineup consisted of 129 films in 10 thematic programs and was presented in a new format – films were available for viewing in person as well as online across Latvia. Viewers in Riga, Jurmala, Ogre, Liepaja and Valmiera used the festival's online screenings most frequently. Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s drama Conference (Konferentsiya, Russia), a film about overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder over the course of many years and coming to terms with a tragic event, won the festival's feature film competition's main prize. In their statement, the jury describes the film as “tackling the complicated issues of memory, fear and guilt in a very precise and restricted fashion. It manages to strike an impressive balance between perfectionistic aesthetics and a portraiture of characters that are fundamentally human in their moral imperfection”. It has to be mentioned that this is not the first time that the director receives an award at RIGA IFF – in 2016, Tverdovsky's Zoology became an audience favourite. Working remotely this year, the jury commented on their festival experience in videos that are available below. Videos of the competition winners' speeches as well as speeches by other directors whose films screened at RIGA IFF this year can also be seen on the website. Liene Treimane, the Director of RIGA IFF: "This year has proven that a festival can be different. Cinephiles can still come together despite having to watch films on screens in their homes and having to distance and observe the multiple restrictions that have been imposed on cinemas. This year, we created a festival like none of us had ever experienced before: it was made up of 129 films in 66 in-person and 50 online screenings, and countless online meetings with film professionals from around the world. I would like to extend a special thank you to the festival’s daring team, including the over 100 tireless volunteers, as well as to all of our viewers.” The FEATURE FILM COMPETITION programme included eight films from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries. This programme combined outstanding narrative and documentary features, as well as the long-awaited national premiere of the surreal tragicomedy What Silent Gerda Knows (Ko zina Klusā Gerda, Latvia). The feature films were judged by an international jury – director and producer Laila Pakalniņa, Marge Liiske, Head of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event at the Black Nights Film Festival, Dmitrij Gluscevskij, a Programmer at the European Film Forum Scanorama in Lithuania, Eva Markovits a Film Programmer at the legendary Cinémathèque Française, and Theo Tsappos from the Swedish Film Institute. The main prize at RIGA IFF is the festival’s symbol – a bronze cast of the Rooster of Riga created by artist Ervins Broks. The prize is made up of 8 parts as a reminder that a film can only be created as a collaboration. The director of the winning feature will also receive a cash prize of 2,000 euros, generously supplied by the insurance company BALTA. The jury’s special mention goes to director Illum Jacobi’s reflection on philosopher Edmund Burke, in The Trouble with Nature (Denmark, France) – a subtle satire, under the guise of a costume drama, on humans’ relationship with the wildness of flora and fauna. Nadja Andrasev's animated short film Symbiosis (France) won the International Competition of the short film section SHORT RIGA, which tells the story of a deceived woman who begins to investigate her husband's lovers. Alise Zariņa's short film II Lines (Divas strīpiņas, Latvia) won the SHORT RIGA National Competition, a film in which six male actors relive 12 women’s personal stories about abortion. The winners of both competitions were selected by Wim Vanacker, a member of the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, Signe Birkova, a Director and Co-founder of the Baltic Analog Lab, and Mikhail Zheleznikov, an organiser and curator of the experimental film festival Kinodot. The winners of both SHORT RIGA competitions will receive the prize Zalktis created by artist Maija Vītola. The winner of the international competition will additionally receive a cash prize of 1,000 euros supplied by the insurance company BALTA. Since 2019 Riga International Film Festival and the SHORT RIGA section are one of 24 film institutions in the world who are able to put forward candidates for the prestigious European Film Awards nomination. This year's RIGA IFF Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards is Gabriel Böhmer’s Push This Button if You Begin to Panic (UK) – using experimental animation techniques, the film tells the story of a person reconciling with their illness. For the sixth year in a row, the Baltic Music Video Competition took place as part of the SHORT RIGA section – this competition is unique to the Baltic States and offers viewers a professional overview of this specific artistic genre. The main prize of this competition, and the third SHORT RIGA Zalktis, was awarded to the video Kapapuu by the group Puuluup made by Zbanski Kino, while special jury mention was given to Bruises On Her Legs directed by Igne Narbutaite and Kabloonak, performed by Kabloonak. The Splendid Palace cinema presented the Audience Award to director Andrey A. Tarkovsky Jr.’s documentary reflection on his father, legendary film director Andrey Tarkovsky. Viewers will be able to watch Andrey Tarkovsky. A Cinema Prayer (Italy, Russia, Sweden) again at a special screening at Splendid Palace on 31 October at 15:30. The children's jury also selected their favourite out of the RIGA IFF family film competition KIDS WEEKEND. The young experts presented their main award to Mischa Kamp's Romy's Salon (Kapsalon Romy, Netherlands), a film about the relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter. This year’s RIGA IFF FORUM – a series of events dedicated to both professionals and newcomers to the film industry – took place entirely online for the first time and brought together participants from all over the world. A discussion about the opportunities that “alternative” realities could bring to education and a 28-hour hackathon took place at RIGA IFF GOES XR, and professionals from the Baltic Sea Region and the Nordic countries could study the production of television series in depth at MAGNETIC SERIES. At a discussion about the GREEN CHARTER initiative, solutions for sustainable and climate-friendly cinema were looked at, and creative short film projects were presented at the SHORT RIGA Test Screenings, whereas the BALTIC ANIMATION MEET-UP provided participants with an opportunity to network and expand their knowledge of the field of animation. RIGA IFF took place from 15 to 25 October in person at the Splendid Palace cinema and the National Library of Latvia, and was available online throughout Latvia. A number of lectures, discussions and other events were also available for viewing during the festival, the recordings of which are available for viewing on the festival's YouTube channel. RIGA IFF is supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, the EU Creative Europe – MEDIA program, the National Film Centre of Latvia and the Riga City Council. https://youtu.be/AAvX0jAD_-c https://youtu.be/bKZWExgpBy8 https://youtu.be/OO8YZWTClB0 https://youtu.be/G19coqbu0Uo
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 Invites You to the Film Programme and Exhibition PIONEERING WOMEN IN FILM
At this year's festival, as part of the project PIONEERING WOMEN IN FILM, the Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF), in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Latvia, the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Film Institute, will pay special attention to the works and significance of female directors in the history of film. The PIONEERING WOMEN IN FILM programme includes three films in different styles and genres that showcase the directors' unique styles and viewpoints. The films will be accompanied by an exhibition in the courtyard of the Splendid Palace cinema at 61 Elizabetes iela, which will be on view for the duration of the festival. At the exhibition, you will be able to acquaint yourself with several outstanding personalities in cinema history, including Alice Guy-Blaché, a contemporary of the Lumière brothers and the first female filmmaker in the world. The programme includes the following films: On Saturday, 17 October, at 13:00, Mai Zetterling’s Loving Couples (1964) will screen at the Splendid Palace cinema and online simultaneously. Loving Couples is a story about three women in a maternity ward at the beginning of the 20th century. The film daringly touches on many topics that are still considered controversial today. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or in 1965 and sparked a small scandal at the Cannes Film Festival with scenes that were considered too provocative at the time. On Monday, 19 October at 18:00 director Karin Swanström's film Girl in Tails (1926) will screen at Splendid Palace and online simultaneously. The film is one of the best examples of Swedish silent cinema, and the last film that Swanström (1873–1942) directed. The director herself plays the widow of a venerable clergyman who acts as a spiteful moral arbiter in the local community, where young women behave "even more shamelessly than during the Renaissance". The director continued her acting career and became the creative director and leading producer at Sweden's largest film studio, Svensk Filmindustri, and thus the most influential woman in the nation’s film industry. On Thursday, 22 October at 19:00 the futuristic film Aniara by directors Pella Kågerman and Hugo Lilja will screen in Ziedonis Hall at the National Library of Latvia and online simultaneously. In the film, people flee their self-made natural disasters on Earth by relocating to Mars, but end up going off course. Ultimately they even lose the support of the artificial intelligence device MIMA, which enables the travellers to watch their own memories of Earth in virtual reality. Find out more about the festival’s programme, upcoming events and individual films on the RIGA IFF website: rigaiff.lv All national security requirements will be ensured at every in-person screening.
RIGA IFF aicina jaunos kinomīļus pieteikties darbam bērnu žūrijā
Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls (RIGA IFF), kas šogad notiks no 15. līdz 25. oktobrim, aicina 7 – 12 gadus vecus kino cienītājus pieteikties dalībai bērnu žūrijā. Žūrijas dalībniekiem būs iespēja tiešsaistē piekļūt visiem bērnu filmu programmas KIDS WEEKEND iekļautajiem darbiem, izraudzīties labāko un to apbalvot.  Bērnu žūrija ir ikgadēja un iemīļota tradīcija, ko RIGA IFF attīsta jau no festivāla pirmssākumiem. Tā dod iespēju bērniem izteikt savu viedokli, kā arī paraudzīties uz kino no jauna skatpunkta, izvērtējot un pārrunājot filmās redzēto. Pērn bērnu žūrija par labāko atzina vācu režisores Katjas Benrātes versiju par Astridas Lindgrēnes Pepiju Garzeķi – komēdiju Roka maina pasauli. Šogad programmā iekļautas Zviedrijā pazīstamās komēdijas bērniem par Andešsonu ģimeni un tajā augošo puisēnu Sūni. Režisora Jūna Holmberga veidotās filmas Sūne – vedējs un Sūne pret Sūni būs skatāmas dubultseansā. Tāpat programmā iekļauta arī aizvadītā gada labākā Eiropas bērnu filma Romijas salons – aizkustinošs nīderlandiešu kino vēstījums par saskaršanos ar Alcheimera slimību ģimenē. Šāgada KIDS WEEKEND būs skatāma arī slovāku režisores Martinas Sakovas veidotā, nostaļģiskā piedzīvojumu drāma Vasaras dumpinieki. Lai pieteiktos dalībai žūrijā, pretendentiem jānofilmējas līdz 2 minūtēm garā video vai jāuzraksta filmas apraksts, kurā jāizklāsta viedoklis par sev tuvu filmu vai kādu no latviešu kinodarbiem, kas noskatāms portālā filmas.lv. Video vai rakstiskais pieteikums līdz 2. oktobrim jānosūta KIDS WEEKEND kuratorei Kristīnei Simsonei uz e-pasta adresi kristine@rigaiff.lv. Video vēlams izmantot kādu no video augušupielādes pakalpojumiem (YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo vai Facebook), e-pastā iekļaujot saiti uz video, savukārt recenzijas iekļaujamas arī pašā vēstulē, vai pievienojamas kā pielikumi. Žūrijas dalībnieki tiks izraudzīti konkursa kārtā, par konkursa rezultātiem tiekot informēti ne vēlāk kā 4. oktobrī. RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas dalībniekiem būs iespēja: — iegūt festivāla akreditācijas karti; — kopā ar ģimeni skatīties KIDS WEEKEND filmas tiešsaistē; — piedalīties festivāla noslēguma ceremonijā. RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas dalībnieku pienākumos ietilpst: — KIDS WEEKEND filmu skatīšanās 17. un 18. oktobrī; — dalība RIGA IFF bērnu žūrijas apspriedēs; — kopā ar pārējiem žūrijas pārstāvjiem izvēlēties labāko filmu un tās veidotājiem pasniegt balvu; — pārstāvēt festivālu un žūriju komunikācijā ar medijiem. Īpaši padomāts arī par pirmsskolas vecuma skatītājiem, kuri aicināti uz programmas centrālo notikumu – īsfilmu cikla Lupatiņi jaunāko epizožu pirmizrādi. Lupatiņu pirmizrāde vienīgajā KIDS WEEKEND klātienes seansā notiks 17. oktobrī pl. 11:00 kinoteātrī Splendid Palace (ar paralēlu seansu tiešsaistē). Atkārtojuma seanss, kurā tiks izrādītas ārvalstu animācijas īsfilmu izlase, savukārt notiks 18. oktobrī pl. 11:00 tiešsaistē. Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls norisināsies no 15. līdz 25. oktobrim kinoteātros Splendid Palace, KSuns, Kino Bize, kā arī Latvijas Nacionālajā bibliotēkā un Kaņepes Kultūras centrā. Festivāla ietvaros notiks tiks izrādītas 148 filmas, ko papildinās lekcijas, diskusijas un citi pasākumi. Biļetes un vairāk informācijas rigaiff.lv