Latvian Films in Festivals and Markets

A film by Rolands Kalniņš in the Cannes Classics Programme

The International Cannes Film Festival will begin on 8 May 2018. This year Latvia’s participation in the central world film industry event has a sensational note as the restored version of the feature Four White Shirts (Četri balti krekli, 1967) by Rolands Kalniņš is included in the festival’s official programme, Cannes Classics. Read more

Karlovy Vary to present poetic documentaries from the Baltic region

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the Karlovy Vary festival has put together an extensive retrospective of poetic documentary films from the Baltic region. This collection of important works of the “Baltic New Wave” dating back to the early 1960s features the world premiere of Bridges of Time, a new documentary by renowned Lithuanian filmmaker Audrius Stonys and his Latvian colleague Kristine Briede. Read more

Baltic Films and Symposium on Baltic Cinema at goEast Festival in Germany

In April, for a whole week the German city of Wiesbaden becomes a meeting point and a promotion platform for Central and Eastern European film and filmmakers. The 18th goEast festival, which kicked off yesterday, is shining a spotlight on the Baltic States with a symposium, “Hybrid Identities – Baltic Cinema”, dedicated to the national cinemas of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, their histories, pursuits of national and cultural identities. The festival’s programme also includes some of the key recent titles of Baltic cinema. The project is part of a wide-ranging tripartite programme with which the Baltic States present their cinemas to Europe on the occasion of their centenary of statehood. Read more

Baltic States to Jointly Present Themselves in 12 European Film Festivals This Year

The Baltic film institutions renewed the Mutual Cooperation Agreement at Trieste Film Festival. The addendum signed by Edith Sepp, CEO of the Estonian Film Institute, Dita Rietuma, CEO of the National Film Centre of Latvia and Rolandas Kvietkauskas, CEO of the Lithuanian Film Centre envisages 12 joint film promotion projects spread throughout 2018 in celebration of the three countries’ statehood centenaries. Read more

Latvian Cash Rebates in Action

A case study of cash rebates from the National Film Centre of Latvia and Riga Film Fund with the participation of lead producers Marianne Slot and Carine Leblanc (Slot Machine, FR), Latvian producer Jānis Kalējs (Film Angels Studio, LV), and director of the National Film Centre of Latvia Dita Rietuma will be moderated by Variety's Senior International Correspondent Leo Barraclough on Tuesday, May 23 at 16:30, Cannes Village International Pantiero, Latvian Pavilion #221.  Read more

Two Latvian Coming Soon Projects to be presented at the GOES TO CANNES Market Screening

Documentary film projects To Be Continued and Baltic New Wave have been selected during the Vilnius IFF's industry event Meeting Point - Vilnius earlier this spring to be among the four film projects that will be screened in the prestigious Goes to Cannes program at the 70th Cannes International Film Festival. These films present the very strong documentary film school of the Baltic region, and are made by established directors - Kristīne Briede (Latvia) and  Audrius Stonys (Lithuania), as well as by the legendary Latvian filmmaker Ivars Seleckis. Both films have received support in the program Latvian Films for Latvian Centenary. Read more

Films shot in Latvia to compete at Cannes

The official programme for the Cannes Film Festival has just been announced, and it includes two films co-produced by and filmed in Latvia: Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature in the official selection, and Slovak director György Kristóf’s full-length debut Out in the Un Certain Regard section. Both films were made with assistance from the team at Film Angels Productions and co-production funding. Read more

Documentary Tale of a Theatre Addict Sets Premiere

"One Ticket Please", a feature-length documentary about an Indian woman living in Queens who is arguably the most passionate theatergoer in the world, is now finished and will be reaching its first audiences at the 40th Göteborg Film Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden at the end of January. Read more