The SHORT RIGA International Competition looks for new auteur films of various genres and techniques from all over the world. This is one of 24 international short film competitions that presents a selected film with a candidacy in the short film category of the European Film Awards.
The curator and selection committee evaluate submissions, individually look for works in the programmes of other film festivals as well as film and art schools, and reach out to independent makers of short films. There are as many films as there are opinions, and as many authors as there are stories. The only things the selected films have in common is a maximum running time of 30 minutes and the presence of a strong personality. Audience members are guaranteed to quarrel, laugh, or even shed a tear or two!
Signe Birkova is a filmmaker from Riga and has studied Philosophy, Journalism and Film. Since then, she has directed short fiction films, experimental films, documentaries, TV programmes as well as analogue film performances. She makes experimental films using 16mm and Super 8 film material, and different animation techniques. Her short fiction film Upon Return I'll Be a Flaming Rose received a special FIPRESCI award in Latvia in 2014. Signe is a member of the Baltic Analog Lab artist collective.
After studying psychology in Belgium, Wim Vanacker moved to Dublin to work as a psychologist in the field of drug addiction. Three years later, he picked up studying again at EICAR. After graduating, he discovered NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema where he became the Head of the Script Department and the Project manager of the MEDIA funded project, European Short Pitch. He is a member of the Selection Committee for the Official Short Film Competition of the Cannes Film Festival and Editorial Consultant for the First Cut Lab. On the side, he works as a script consultant, creative advisor, programmer, tutor and guest speaker.
Mikhail Zheleznikov has made films for ARTE, YLE and St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio. His video works have been played at various art venues and film festivals. Curates experimental short film competition In Silico at Message To Man film festival. Co-programs the experimental film festival Kinodot. In 2015–2019 was teaching at St. Petersburg State Institute of Culture, since 2016 in St. Petersburg New Cinema School, since 2019 in St. Petersburg State Institute of Film and TV. In 2019 was one of the curators of
experimental project Per Forma 2 Stage at the Big Drama Theater.