Riga IFF identitāte 2021

Second major open call deadline of RIGA IFF has approached - on 20 June the submission period closes for Feature Film Competition as well as the international KIDS' REEL feature and short film competitions.

RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition is the festival’s central event. This year, it will once again bring together current, artistically outstanding films from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries that expand the language of cinema. RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition seeks present-day contemplation on the cinema of tomorrow and the 10 films that are ultimately selected will compete for a monetary prize of EUR 2,000.

KIDS’ REEL competitions seek high-quality European children’s features for audiences aged from 7 to 14 and short films for those aged from 3 to 7 years. These films use an articulate cinematic language and are able to highlight current topical themes. The film selected by the KIDS' REEL children's jury will have its distribution rights purchased and be broadcast by Latvian Television (LTV). KIDS' REEL is an European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) nomination qualifying competition.

SHORT RIGA section is looking for short films in different genres from all over the world that will not only compete for the RIGA IFF “Silver Grass Snake” award and a cash prize, but also for a nomination for the European Film Academy’s (EFA) European Short Film 2021 award.

The professional jury presiding over the festival’s international competitions for feature-length films, short films and music videos salutes uniquely expressive filmmakers and works that communicate new trends and advances in the language of cinema.

This will be the 8th edition of the Riga International Film Festival which was established in 2014, and has quickly become one of the premier cultural events in the Baltic region. The mission of RIGA IFF is to create a cinema event that enriches the northern European cultural space, and advocates for the development of an intelligent, open and active society. The festival will take place this autumn from 14 to 24 October.

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