Whether it’s animation, fiction, documentary, or experimental film, SHORT RIGA seeks auteur cinema and distinct expression in short format film. The festival’s curators select 35 of the most interesting submissions from around the world.
We welcome short films with a running time of up to 30 minutes and the completion date no earlier than 1 January 2019. We especially encourage Baltic filmmakers and artists to apply – both professionals and students – as we believe that our region’s films look great in an international milieu!
The selected short film titles are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, theoreticians, filmmakers, and representatives of the international film festival community.
The award – “Silver Grass-snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a grass-snake) – is presented to the film that elicits the liveliest discussions and generates the greatest passion about the very fabric of cinema. The winner is also awarded a monetary prize of EUR 1000. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.
Candidacy for the Award “European Short Film 2021”
From the films screened at SHORT RIGA International Competition, the jury selects a single candidacy for the award “European Short Film 2021.” Eligible are directors born in Europe or with a European passport (Europe as undestood in the sense of the European Film Academy, meaning both EU and non-EU, and including Israeli and Palestinian passport holders) whose films were produced in 2020 or 2021, and do not exceed a running time of 30 min.
The call for submissions opens on 19 March 2020 and closes on 1 July 2020. The results will be announced by 10 September 2020.