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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 – often in the presence of the filmmakers themselves!

Whether they are animated, fiction, documentary, or experimental, SHORT RIGA is looking for short films with a distinct voice. The festival’s curators will select around 30 of the most interesting submissions from around the world to screen at the festival.

Entries

We welcome short films with a running time of up to 30 minutes and with a completion date of no earlier than 1 January 2020. We especially encourage Baltic filmmakers and artists to apply – both professionals and students – as we want to encourage filmmakers from the region, and promote their work internationally.

Prize

The short films that are selected are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, filmmakers, and representatives from the international film festival community.

The award – “Silver Grass Snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for the grass snake) – is presented to the film that generates the liveliest discussions and greatest passion about the very essence of cinema. The winner is also awarded a monetary prize of EUR 1,000. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.

Candidacy for the European Short Film 2021 award

The jury will select a single candidate for the European Short Film 2021 award from the films in the SHORT RIGA International, and National Competitions. Directors born in Europe, or with a European passport are eligible (the European Film Academy defines Europe as including both EU and non-EU countries, as well as citizens of Israel and Palestine). The film must have been produced in 2020 or 2021, and cannot exceed a total running time of 30 min.

Deadline

The call for submissions opens on 17 March 2021 and closes on 31 May 2020. 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.

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