The 10th anniversary of Riga Pasaules Film Festival is a special opportunity to bring forward films that celebrate cinema: films that savour the medium’s mechanics and that playfully remind us of what Jonas Mekas wrote of cinema’s history, that it is the history of friends getting together, doing the thing they love.

The festival team is looking for submissions that articulate the experience of love by asking what it means to understand through love. We are interested in films that consider the significance of filmmaking from a position of love – what is implied in this position, what are its aesthetic considerations and what is the viewer’s role? We are looking for films that examine the ways in which love is experienced outside of the confines mediated by social norms. We are also interested in films that show the experience of love as an urge to create something with another and consider the filmmaking process as the development of a new awareness and a new realisation of the world, as if seeing it for the first time.

The 2023 RPFF edition will be the festival’s 10th birthday edition and is scheduled from the 27th to 30th April 2023 at Kino Bize in central Riga. The Call for Films will be open until the 18th December 2022 and the programme will be announced in March 2023.

NB: RPFF 2023 has a 3 EUR submission fee.

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The RPFF team

RPFF is a non-competitive festival.

RPFF does not pay screening fees.

Submissions that are not in English must be subtitled in English.

If your film is selected, in order to provide a translation into Latvian we will require an .srt subtitle file.

Screening formats accepted by Kino Bize: HD video file (preferably .mp4, 1080 and higher).

By submitting a film, the holder of the copyright agrees that the preview copy of the film will remain within the festival archive at the Department of Social Anthropology of Tallinn University, as part of their research and educational film collection and that the film can be used for non-profit screening events with no screening fee, organised by the Department of Social & Cultural Anthropology of Tallinn University.

Overall Rating
  • Liivo Niglas

    A very nice and cozy film festival. Good films, great discussions and friendly people.

    September 2021
  • Pedro Figueiredo Neto

    Great festival with very kind people!

    September 2021
  • Mike Poltorak

    A wonderfully organised and curated film festival on a fascinating theme. Communications were excellent from beginning to end. Sadly, because of Corona, I could not be there in person. But I will go as soon as it is possible. I had one of the most interesting Q and A experiences ever.

    September 2020
  • fairuz ghammam

    a very warm experience with a good Q&A, even if it was via skype!

    May 2019
  • Very interesting! They work hard. Good job!

    May 2019