If the documentary’s vocation towards the truth is not merely to represent it, but in engaging the viewer beyond the film frame, what formal strategies make such endeavours fruitful?

The curating team of the 2022 Riga Pasaules Film Festival is calling for submissions that address healing.

We are interested in curating a film programme that deals with experiences of reconnection and renewal, with a focus on the transformative capacity of cinema and the ways in which film-making encourages practices of commensality. Our approach is informed by traditions that consider healing as an individual and collective process that seeks to re-establish severed attachments. We welcome cinematic stories about cooperation, resilience, regained agency, de-colonial practices, processes of political reconciliation and forgiveness.

We are also interested in submissions in which the healing process is an integral part of film-making through, for example, re-enactments, interventions and other performative engagements. Healing, in this instance, speaks to the intimate constellation of performative, physical, and discursive practices that expand into the social, political, and economic spheres.

The 2022 RPFF edition will be the festival’s 9th edition and is scheduled from the 7th to 10th April 2022 at Kino Bize in central Riga. The Call for Films will be open until the 24th December 2021 and the programme will be announced in March 2022.

For the particulars on the submission process visit our FilmFreeway page: https://filmfreeway.com/RPFF

NB: RPFF 2022 has a 3 EUR submission fee.

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Visit the Kino Bize website for information on the 2021 edition of the festival: http://www.kinobize.lv/rpff-en

The RPFF team

RPFF is a non-competitive festival.

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), BluRay.

RPFF does not pay screening fees.

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