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The programme of RIGA IFF FORUM includes a series of film industry events dedicated to experienced industry professionals, as well as students and young filmmakers. Every year RIGA IFF FORUM hosts a variety of lectures, discussions, presentations, meetings and networking events.

Launched in 2016, RIGA IFF FORUM is tailored to fit the needs of the film industry of the Nordic region. With a strong focus on creation of new cooperations and strengthening the existing ones, the festival’s industry section encompasses the fields of animation, short film and is paving the road for partnership between film and immersive media.

Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) in close partnership with Riga IFF announces new annual industry event Magnetic Series – pitching and networking event focussed on a Baltic sea region and Nordic countries. The upcoming annual industry event on 16th October 2020 will be presented with an international conference on discussing themes related to the future of drama series and digital platforms as well as TV production within our region in focus. This will be a cornerstone of annual event Magnetic Series which will start at full range in 2021, where participants and selected guests will discover a selection of drama series projects that are looking for international co-production and financing partners in the Baltic Sea Region and Nordic countries – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Poland, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Greenland.
Initially launched in 2018 under the name RIGA IFF GOES VR, this programme is a regionally unique meeting and learning platform, designed to promote and inspire cooperation between cinema and virtual reality. This year we are opening our doors to other immersive mediums besides VR, like augmented and mixed reality. Therefore, starting from 2020, this programme of inspirational talks and hackathon will take place under a new name – RIGA IFF GOES XR! – Our series of inspirational talks will help you find out where this immersive frenzy is going, why cinema should be open to using XR and what benefits film professionals can get from, or bring to XR. Whatever your field and level of expertise – be it film, tech or other – join us to hear some exciting case studies and learn about creating and distributing immersive content!  – As the number of XR use cases grows by the day, at our round-the-clock hackathon, you can put your newly acquired (or polished) skills into action and test your abilities. An exciting and inspiring experience, the RIGA IFF GOES XR hackathon explores the impact that can be made when audiovisual storytellers, filmmakers, techies and innovators join forces! At the festival we prioritise quality audiovisual content that can benefit children, youth and educators. We are therefore teaming up with local organisations that will inspire the participants of the hackathon to make prototypes for educational use. We encourage you to join whatever your level of expertise is – don’t be shy if you are just starting out in XR, or are just curious! The medium is still young, so everyone is a beginner! We have a team of passionate XR experts on hand tol mentor the hackathon and provide the teams with guidance. As the Oscar–nominated director of photography Caleb Deschanel said earlier this year: “VR is still waiting for its Orson Welles”. So, who knows, maybe it’s you?
The BALTIC ANIMATION MEET-UP is a meeting of Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian animation professionals during which participants will focus on the latest developments and issues facing the animation industry. The aim of this meeting is to create a space and forum for getting to know one another so that we can discuss and agree on new joint initiatives on a Baltic scale. During the meet-up animation studios/students/filmmakers will have the opportunity to present their portfolios, professionals will have the opportunity to find new talent, there will be a Baltic student network meeting, which will function as a first impulse for future collaborations, and a masterclass held by Gints Zilbalodis. His success story continues, but there has still not been any public discussion about his work in Latvia. The meet-up, therefore, is the perfect opportunity to hold an in-depth conversation about the production of his film Away (Projām, 2019). This event is organized for audiences with prior knowledge in animation. If you have any questions, please contact Project Manager Lauma Kaudzite (lauma@rigaiff.lv). The event is supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia.  
SHORT RIGA Test Screenings have been taking place for six years already. The event consists of a closed screening of short films by Baltic directors, after which an international panel of experts provides feedback and recommendations for finishing the films, or suggestions on festival strategy. The 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 commission of five experts that changes yearly so as to guarantee in-depth evaluations from different perspectives. What remains unchanged is the basic principle: to gather representatives of notable film festivals and talent scouts. The screenings should serve as a springboard for getting the selected films into the festival circuit. The 10 films are split into two screenings held over two days.The panel of experts will have familiarized themselves with the projects in advance, but final feedback and evaluations will be given only after seeing these films on the big screen. Before each film, the filmmakers will explain at what stage their film currently is, and what the main issues and questions that they wish to clarify are. The experts will comment and take questions after each film. Further communication on the projects takes place at the networking events. Application for SHORT RIGA Tests Screenings will be open from June 1 to August 1, 2020, on the RIGA IFF homepage. For additional information, please contact programme representative Lauma Kaudzīte (lauma@rigaiff.lv). The event is supported by the National Film Centre of Latvia.