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.
RIGA IFF is looking for a distinct voice and innovative cinematic language from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries. The RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition reflects transition and contemporary trends in cinema; by establishing a specific geographic frame, these reflections become even more intriguing as the cinematic works made on different sides of the same sea represent distinctly different schools, traditions, languages and visions. The 10 films that are ultimately selected represent a present-day contemplation on the cinema of tomorrow.
The competition programme is comprised of 10 feature films with a minimum running time of 60 minutes for which the majority of production credit has been sourced in the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden) and in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, including their associated territories – Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands). There are no genre restrictions – documentaries, fiction films, animation, or any cross-genre category will be considered.
All submitted films must have been completed after 20 June 2020, and they can not have been screened in Latvia before the Riga IFF 2021 dates. There is one exception to this rule – although it is preferable that Latvian films premiere at RIGA IFF 2021, this is not a requirement.
The 10 selected titles are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, filmmakers, and representatives from the international film festival community.
The RIGA IFF Award has been designed in collaboration with artist Ervins Broks. The winning director can share this eight-piece figurine – a rooster cast in bronze – with their crew. The winner also receives a monetary prize of EUR 2,000. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.
The call for submissions opens on 17 March 2021 and closes on 20 June 2021. The submission fee per entry is EUR 10 and all submissions are free of charge for one month, until 16 April 23:59. The results will be announced by 10 September 2021.