About ‘Riga Meetings’

“Riga Meetings” is a series of lectures and workshops aimed at film professionals, students, and film enthusiasts. In addition, it also includes screenings of Baltic films, as well as films directed by the participating lecturers. “Riga Meetings” takes place at the National Library of Latvia and cinema “Splendid Palace” from December 9 through 12.

The event is organised by the National Film Centre of Latvia in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Foundation “Riga 2014”, Riga International Film Festival, Riga Film Museum and European Film Academy.

The programme of “Riga Meetings” on December 9 will be opened by screenings of Estonian and Lithuanian feature films at the National Library of Latvia.

FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) conference, “Latvian National Cinema in European Context“, will take place on December 10, with the presence of leading film critics and theoreticians.

Laurence Kaye, music editor and industry representative, will open the series of workshops for film professionals on December 9 with a presentation on music copyrights. More workshops will follow on December 10 and 11 dedicated to storytelling in animation and led by Belgian film directors Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier, the authors of the Academy Award-nominated “Ernest & Celestine”. Monica Willy, editing director of Michael Haneke’s films, will share her knowledge on film editing.

Wim Wenders, one of the most important innovators and representatives of European auteur cinema, will give a lecture on new technologies in filmmaking on December 11 at the National Library of Latvia. Wim Wenders is a co-founder and a three-time recipient of the European Film Academy Award. The lecture will be followed by a screening of his 2014 documentary “The Salt of the Earth”. Film critic and selection committee member of the Berlin International Film Festival Nikolai Nikitin will give a talk on finding the right festival for a film. Oscar nominee and director of the National Film and Television School Nik Powell will introduce the art of film production.

Outstanding Polish film director Agnieszka Holland, a recipient of several Academy Award nominations, will give a lecture on December 12 at cinema “Splendid Palace“, outlining the impact of TV series on the film industry. On December 12, film professionals representing Latvia, Scandinavian and other European countries will convene for Riga Meetings, with a focus on co-production and film services.

FIPRESCI conference, lectures and film screenings are open to public; translation into Latvian is provided.

Participation in the workshops is for pre-registered professionals only, the working language is English.

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December 1, 2014