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Baltic short film presentations for experts

SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings have been taking place for four years now. The format is closed screenings of short films by Baltic directors, after which an international panel of experts provide evaluation and recommendations for finishing the films or suggestions on how to best submit the films for festival consideration.

Curators of SHORT RIGA: Test Screenings select ten promising short-form works by directors either residing in or born in the Baltics (rough cut – up to 40 min; finished films – up to 30 min). Various techniques and genres are accepted. The films are evaluated by a five-member commission of experts, the composition of which changes yearly so as to guarantee in-depth evaluations coming from different perspectives. What remains unchanged is the basic principle: to involve representatives of notable film festivals and talent scouts so that the screenings serve as a potential springboard for getting the selected films onto the festival circuit.

Screenings will take place October 24 – 25, 2019.

The screening sessions are divided over two days, with the latest cuts of five films immediately analysed after each individual film’s screening. The panel of experts will have familiarised themselves with the projects in advance, but final comments and evaluations will follow only after seeing these films on the big screen. Before each film is presented, its makers will explain at which stage their film currently is and what are the main issues and questions that they wish to clarify. After screening of the said film, the experts comment and field questions. Further communication on the projects takes place at the evening networking event.

Application for SHORT RIGA: Tests Screenings will be open on the homepage of RIGA IFF from July 1 to August 16, 2019 (23:59 CET). For additional information, please contact the programme representative Lauma Kaudzīte (


Lars Henrik Gass
Director of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Germany)

Author of several books on cinema; author of numerous articles, essays, reviews, and lectures on film, photography, and cultural policy. Has taught on film and cultural management. Board member of the Federal Association of Municipal Film Work.

Armands Začs
Editor, director (Latvia)

He has worked on numerous feature films, documentaries, and short films that have been selected for A-class festivals, such as Karlovy Vary, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Tallinn Black Nights. Currently working on his first feature-length documentary.

Candice Costa
Distributor at Miyu Distribution (France)

Even though she has always loved cinema, she turned to this passion professionally only after the years of law studies. As a member of the Miyu Distribution’s team she promotes animated shorts and enjoys the experiences of international film festivals.

Natalia Dąbrowska
Representative of New Europe Film Sales (Poland)

She works with sales and festivals at a Warsaw-based boutique sales company. Founded by Jan Naszewski, New Europe Film Sales focuses both on shorts and feature films. The catalogue includes a number of festival hits and even Palme d'Or winners.

Laila Pakalniņa
Film director (Latvia)

Her films have been screened in official programmes at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, and many other international festivals, where they have won numerous awards. She leads master classes and works as a jury member at various festivals.

Test Screenings