The Riga International Film Festival was established in 2014, and has quickly become one of Latvia’s premier cultural events. It is a celebration of cinema that introduces the international film industry to the current body of work coming out of the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries, and in turn, introduces local audiences to the latest happenings in world cinema. The festival advances public interest in current events taking place in the contemporary cinema landscape, and encourages dialogue between viewers and filmmakers.
An international co-financing pitching forum focused on documentary projects from the Baltic Sea region, Eastern Europe and Caucasus, and other countries if the project relates to the specified region. The event consists of preparatory workshop, pitching sessions and individual meetings, as well as seminars, masterclasses, and a film program of recent international documentary films.
It is held annually in the beginning of September, and its organizer is National Film Centre of Latvia.
Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS offers original, innovative, challenging, socially active short films and medium-length films to viewers. 2ANNAS exists in a context in which the short-film format is not only a step to the first full-scale work but also a deliberate, consistent choice resulting in high-quality art. Similarly, the festival is known as crazy parties in unaccustomed places, a free atmosphere, and creative manifestations, not only in the form of cinema.
The film festival “Spektrs”, organised and curated by “Kino Kults”, is primarily a celebration of Good Cinema – regardless of genre, the year the film came out, or the language it is in. “Spektrs” offers a selection of 8 to 12 films, with each film very different from the others – starting with Cannes Film Festival “Grand Prix” winners and ending with cult horror movies from the 80s. This is a diverse, week-long marathon with premieres for films that otherwise would not be distributed in Latvia, beloved classics, entertaining and informative presentations filled with movie facts by “Kino Kults” before the screenings, and exclusive trailers for upcoming films.