SHORT RIGA Test Screenings have been taking place for six years already. The event consists of a closed screening of short films by Baltic directors, after which an international panel of experts provides feedback and recommendations for finishing the films, or suggestions on festival strategy.
The curators of SHORT RIGA Test Screenings select ten promising short-form works by directors either residing in, or born in the Baltics (rough cut – up to 40 min; finished films – up to 30 min). Various techniques and genres are accepted. The films are evaluated by a commission of five experts that changes yearly so as to guarantee in-depth evaluations from different perspectives. What remains unchanged is the basic principle: to gather representatives of notable film festivals and talent scouts. The screenings should serve as a springboard for getting the selected films into the festival circuit.
Screenings will take place October 22 – 23, 2020.
The 10 films are split into two screenings held over two days. The panel of experts will have familiarized themselves with the projects in advance, but final feedback and evaluations will be given only after seeing these films on the big screen. Before each film, the filmmakers will explain at what stage their film currently is, and what the main issues and questions that they wish to clarify are. The experts will comment and take questions after each film. Further communication on the projects takes place at the networking events.
Application for SHORT RIGA Tests Screenings will be open from June 1 to August 21, 2020, on the RIGA IFF homepage. For additional information, please contact programme representative Lauma Kaudzīte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upon submission you will be asked to use your Eventival Account, a gateway to more than 135 festivals. The account enables you to see all your applications in one place and to exchange all the necessary information with RIGA IFF staff. In case of any queries regarding your account, please contact the RIGA IFF Admissions Service – email@example.com.
He has worked on numerous feature films, documentaries, and short films that have been selected for A-class festivals, such as Karlovy Vary, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Tallinn Black Nights. He has received the national film award for the best film editor.
Representative of New Europe Film Sales (Poland)
She works with sales and festivals at a Warsaw-based boutique sales company. Founded by Jan Naszewski, New Europe Film Sales focuses both on shorts and feature films. The catalogue includes a number of festival hits and even Palme d'Or winners.
Owner of the sales and festival distribution company Square Eyes (The Netherlands)
With Square Eyes, Wouter represents bold, author-driven features and shorts, and collaborates closely with the filmmakers to devise bespoke festival distribution and sales strategies. Over the years the films have premiered at prestigious festivals and have won multiple awards at Cannes, TIFF, Berlin, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand.
Manager of Miyu Distribution (France)
After a 6 months internship at Miyu Distribution, she was hired there as a festival distribution manager and she has worked for this company ever since. Now she is working on expanding their catalogue with films from the U.S.