Films from the Baltic Sea Region and Nordic countries
The competition programme showcases films from the Baltic Sea region and Nordic Countries characterised by innovative cinematic language and distinct artistic expression. There are no genre or style restrictions – films may fall into documentary, fiction, animation, or any cross-genre category.
Surprisingly different schools, traditions and visions can be discovered within the geographical scope of this competition. The selected works embody RIGA IFF’s reflections on tomorrow’s cinema today.
Marge Liiske has held various positions in the film business since 1990. Since 2016, she runs Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, one of the fastest growing industry platforms in the winter season, taking place annually during the Black Nights Film Festival in November. Marge is an active Member of the Board of the Estonian Film Industry Cluster and has also been appointed as Member of the Board of the Estonian Film Institute.
Dmitrij Gluščevskij is a Programmer at the European Film Forum Scanorama in Lithuania as well as the co-founder and curator of the Early Film Festival Pirmoji Banga. He is also a freelance film critic and a secret academic with a background in Philosophy and Semiotics, currently working on a PhD on semiotics of humour in Daniil Kharms’ fiction.
Eva Markovits is a French programmer (La Cinémathèque française, Centre Pompidou, Brive International Film Festival, Amiens International Film Festival) and part of the Belfort International Film Festival selection committee. Part of the editorial board of the film magazine Les Cahiers du cinéma, she also participates in various education programs teaching film analysis and does interviews for a cinema program Viva Cinéma for the French TV channel Ciné +. Her interest in cinema is varied but she has a special liking for Indian cinema.
Laila Pakalniņa graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), Department of Film Direction, in 1991. A director and scriptwriter of 31 documentaries, 5 shorts, and 6 fiction features, altogether she has 42 films, 2 children, 1 husband, 2 dogs and 2 bicycles. And many ideas for new films. Her films have screened in official programmes at Cannes, Venice, Berlinale, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Rome and other international festivals, where they have won numerous awards.
For the past ten years Theo Tsappos has been working with international festival distribution at The Swedish Film Institute’s international department. Festival manager for feature film, and his main area of focus has primarily been the international premieres of Swedish films at film festivals and the festival distribution of these films. His work includes forming strategies for each separate film and to find the most suitable festivals, platforms and markets to launch the film internationally.