Latvian animation at Annecy Competition and MIFA
Latvian animation is busy participating at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019 – both with the feature film ‘Away’ (dir. Gints Zilbalodis) in the Contrechamp competition program and a MIFA Animated Baltics stand (June 11-14).
AWAY success story
‘Away is told in four chapters, and centers on a young boy stranded on his own, trying to survive in a mysterious land. Pursued by a dark spirit, he makes his way through shimmering deserts and lush forests with the help of a small bird acting as his guide. Zilbalodis, in his early 20s, worked on the film entirely on his own for three and a half years — including writing, design, modeling/rigging, animation and even composing the music.’
Mercedes Milligan, Animation Magazine
Sales rights for the film has been picked up by Cinema Management Group (CMG), who did several ‘Away” market screenings in Cannes and has already closed several sales prior Annecy premiere, including Front Row Filmed Entertainment for the Middle East and Film4You for Poland.
Latvian Animation at MIFA
This year all three Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia) have joined the creative forces and will at MIFA represent the whole region under the umbrella of the ANIMATED BALTICS stand. Latvian representatives include the director of the Latvian Animation Association Anna Zača, animation expert Ieva Viese-Vigula, Eva Erdmane-Durandina from the National Film Centre of Latvia as well as the animation artists Gints Zilbalodis and Kārlis Vītols.
The visitors of the ANIMATED BALTICS stand will be provided with information about the Baltic animated films, production companies, filmmakers and services.
Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian delegations will host a networking event Baltic – Get Together. Also, a special meeting with an aim to foster co-production between the Baltic states and Poland will take place.
Next to the Baltic Stand is also a booth for the Latvian studio and distribution company Rija Films.