In the category of short film, the local film scene is particularly dynamic. For the national short film competition, we select works of various genres and forms that have been made within the last two years. The competition is judged by an international jury to ensure acknowledgement of the unique features of Latvian-made films from a broader perspective. In the opinion of RIGA IFF, however, every film included in the selection is already a winner.
Whether they are animated, fiction, documentary, or experimental, SHORT RIGA is looking for short films with a distinct voice made in Latvia. At least 6 short films will be selected.
We welcome short films and audiovisual works with a running time of up to 30 minutes, and with a completion date no earlier than 1 January 2020. This competition accepts works by established professionals and students who are Latvian citizens, or were born in, or are long-term residents of Latvia (at least 2 years). We also consider works that have been produced in Latvia, made by a Latvian director abroad, or films that list Latvia as one of the production countries.
The selected short film titles 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 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 screened 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.
The call for submissions opens on 17 March 2021 and closes on 30 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.