The curating team of the 2024 Riga Pasaules Film Festival is calling for film submissions on the theme of ‘Life’.

We are interested in curating a programme with films that deal with being alive, a notion that focuses on experience, sensitivity and curiosity, rather than on categories embedded in cultural values and represented through language. Instead of reflecting on the question “who are we?”, we want to ask questions like “what matters to us?” and “what drives our existence?” We are looking for films that show a connection between filmmaking and living, where plot takes a secondary position to the cinematic presentation of life in film works that allude to the vitality of the everyday. These would be, for example, “slice of life” films or observational cinema.

We look forward to stories about companionship between humans and other organisms that investigate how our lives coincide. How can cinema inform us about the ways plants and animals are alive? We would also like to investigate the relationship between humans and elements of the non-animated world commonly considered lifeless, such as technology, AI, the mineral world, water, spiritual beings, and so on. In what way could they be alive? How can we tell, and who decides?

We also seek experimental works that mimic life’s organic flow or creatively take on non-human perspectives. We are equally interested in animated documentaries, as they can be seen as dealing directly with the transition from the inanimate to the animated.

NB: RPFF 2024 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
  • Mauro Bucci

    An amazing festival with filmmakers and scholars focused on ethnographic filmmaking and screenings of many interesting documentaries. Besides it is an event with an engaged and competent audience in documentary cinema.
    Thanks to Carlo Cubero, Festival programme curator, and all the Festival Team!

    May 2024
  • This is a great festival. The programming is carefully thought out and well put together. The films are always interesting discoveries. And, most of all, it's just a really intimate atmosphere with warm and friendly people who are passionate about what they are doing. Also, it's the kind of festival where you actually get to spend time talking with the other filmmakers. A shared experience.

    May 2024
  • Tomáš Vynikal

    Superb festival and mainly excellent organisers. An unforgettable experience for me.

    August 2023
  • 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