The mission of RIGA IFF is to create an internationally recognised cinema event that promotes Riga, enriches the northern European cultural space, and advocates for the development of an intelligent, open and active society.

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.

In the RIGA IFF programme, contemporary cinema meets the classics, and assertive debut works mingle with festival hits. Moreover, the industry section of the festival provides a platform for film professionals from around the world in which to develop sustainable collaborations as well as discuss the future challenges facing the world of film.

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.

– RIGA IFF FEATURE FILM COMPETITION –

The 10 selected titles are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, filmmakers, and representatives from the international film festival community.
The RIGA IFF Award has been designed in collaboration with artist Ervins Broks. The winning director can share this eight-piece figurine – a rooster cast in bronze – with their crew. The winner also receives a monetary prize of EUR 2,000. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.

– SHORT RIGA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION* –

The short films that are selected are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, filmmakers, and representatives from the international film festival community.

The award – “Silver Grass Snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for the grass snake) – is presented to the film that generates the liveliest discussions and greatest passion about the very essence of cinema. The winner is also awarded a monetary prize of EUR 1,000. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.

– SHORT RIGA NATIONAL COMPETITION* –

The selected short film titles are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, filmmakers, and representatives from the international film festival community.
The award – “Silver Grass Snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for the grass snake) – is presented to the film that generates the liveliest discussions and greatest passion about the very essence of cinema. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.

– KIDS' REEL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION (ECFA PRIZE) –

The KIDS' REEL Feature Film Competition (European Children's Film Association prize) seeks high-quality European children's films that use an articulate cinematic language, respect their young audiences (aged from 7 to 14) and are able to highlight current topical themes.

– KIDS' REEL SHORT FILM COMPETITION (ECFA PRIZE) –

The KIDS' REEL Short Film Competition (European Children's Film Association prize) seeks high-quality European children's films that use an articulate cinematic language, respect their young audiences (aged from 3 to 7 years old) and are able to highlight current topical themes.

– BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION –

The award – “Silver Grass Snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for the grass snake) – is presented to the winner of the competition during the RIGA IFF Award Ceremony, which takes place on the second Saturday of the festival. The international jury consists of five people – a music video creator, a music video curator from an international film festival, a musician, a music journalist, and a professional music event manager. Competition participants may attend the jury’s official screening as an additional opportunity at which to exchange thoughts and opinions.

* – The jury will select a single candidate for the European Short Film 2021 award from the films screened in the SHORT RIGA International and National Competitions. Directors born in Europe, or with a European passport are eligible (the European Film Academy defines Europe as including both EU and non-EU countries, as well as citizens of Israel and Palestine). The film must have been produced in 2020 or 2021, and cannot exceed a total running time of 30 min.

– RIGA IFF FEATURE FILM COMPETITION REGULATIONS –

1. ORGANISER
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) is organised by the association “Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls” (Riga International Film Festival).

2. FESTIVAL DATES
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 14 to 24 October 2021.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition is to promote auteur cinema from the Baltic Sea region and Nordic countries in Latvia, as well as to follow the development of the cinematic language of this region by recognising innovations and distinct artistic expression.
3.2. The competition is open for films with a minimum running time of 60 min, without genre and format restrictions: documentaries, animation and fiction films, as well as cross-genre productions are accepted.
3.3. Only films from the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation and Sweden) and from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, including their associated territories – Greenland, the Faroe Islands and the Åland Islands) are eligible.
3.4. Only films completed after 1 July 2020 are eligible.
3.5. Preference will be given to films that have not been screened publicly at any international event in Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted between 17 March and 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2) via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/rigaiff). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition, please contact the competition’s Curator Sonora Broka at sonora@rigaiff.lv.
3.7. The early submission deadline for RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition is 16 April 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). There is no submission fee if you submit before the early deadline.
The regular deadline for RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition entries is 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The submission fee per entry before the regular deadline (from 17 April 2021) is EUR 10.
3.8. The Festival has the right to accept submissions received through other channels than stated here, and to refuse films submitted after 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The Selection Committee holds the right to waive fees with no additional explanation.
3.9. Producers must provide a DCP copy with English subtitles if the film is selected for screening during the RIGA IFF.
3.10. If the film is selected for the competition, its director, or a representative of the film team is invited to present it at RIGA IFF.

4. SELECTION
4.1. All entries are reviewed by a Selection Committee.
4.2. The final decision is made by the Creative Director of RIGA IFF.
4.3. Not more than 10 films are chosen for the competition.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2021.

5. JURY
The selected films will be judged by an international jury composed of 5 film professionals.

6. PRIZE
The director of the winning film will receive a special award – a RIGA IFF figurine – and a monetary prize of EUR 2,000.

7. EXPENSES
RIGA IFF covers the travel expenses and accommodation of the director (or chosen representative) of the films selected for the Feature Film Competition, the expenses of storing the film copy in Riga as well as well as inbound shipping costs.

– SHORT RIGA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION REGULATIONS –

1. ORGANISER
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) is organised by the association “Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls” (Riga International Film Festival).

2. FESTIVAL DATES
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 14 to 24 October 2021.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the SHORT RIGA International Competition is to promote international short films in Latvia as well as to follow the development of short films by auteurs in the world by finding and screening the most skilful and astonishing works paying special attention to means of artistic expression.
3.2. The competition is open for short films with a running time of up to 30 minutes. There are no genre restrictions.
3.3. Short films from all over the world are eligible for the competition.
3.4. Only films completed after 1 January 2020 are eligible.
3.5. Preference will be given to short films that have not been screened publicly at any international event in Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted online between 17 March and 31 May 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2) via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/rigaiff). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process for the SHORT RIGA International Competition, please contact SHORT RIGA Project Coordinator Lauma Kaudzite at lauma@rigaiff.lv.
3.7. The early submission deadline for SHORT RIGA is 16 April 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). There is no submission fee if you submit before the early deadline.
The regular deadline for SHORT RIGA entries is 31 May 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The submission fee per entry before the regular deadline (from 17 April 2021) is EUR 10.
3.8. The Festival has the right to accept submissions received through other channels than stated here, and to refuse films submitted after 31 May 2021. The Selection Committee holds the right to waive fees with no additional explanation.
3.9. If a short film is selected to screen in the competition, the director, or a representative from the film team is invited to present it at RIGA IFF.
3.10. The Festival reserves the right to invite submitted films to other sections (such as Baltic Animated Short Films, SHORT RIGA Festival Darlings or SHORT RIGA National Competition).

4. SELECTION
4.1. All entries are reviewed by the Selection Committee.
4.2. The final decision is made by the curator of the SHORT RIGA section.
4.3. No less than 30 short films are chosen for the SHORT RIGA International Competition.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2021.

5. JURY
The selected short films will be judged by an international jury composed of 5 film professionals.

6. PRIZE
6.1. The director of the winning short film will receive a special award – “Silver Grass Snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for the grass snake) and a monetary prize of EUR 1,000.
6.2. Candidacy for the award European Short Film 2021. The jury selects a single candidate for the award European Short Film 2021 from the films screened in the SHORT RIGA International Competition. Directors born in Europe, or with a European passport are eligible (the European Film Academy defines Europe as including both EU and non-EU countries, as well as citizens of Israel and Palestine). The film must have been produced in 2020 or 2021, and cannot exceed a total running time of 30 min.

7. EXPENSES
RIGA IFF covers the accommodation of the director, or representative of films selected for the SHORT RIGA International Competition.

– SHORT RIGA NATIONAL COMPETITION REGULATIONS –

1. ORGANISER
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) is organised by the association “Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls” (Riga International Film Festival).

2. FESTIVAL DATES
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 14 to 24 October 2021.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the SHORT RIGA National Competition is to promote Latvian short films and new talents locally and worldwide.
3.2. The competition is open for short films and audiovisual works with a running time of up to 30 minutes. There are no genre restrictions.
3.3. Eligibility for SHORT RIGA National Competition.
3.3.1. This competition accepts works by both established professionals and students who are Latvian citizens, born in Latvia, or who are current, long-term residents of Latvia (at least two years).
3.3.2. This competition accepts works that have been made in Latvia, involve a Latvian director in their production, or list Latvia as one of the production countries.
3.3.3. The submitter of the film must be ready to provide proof of eligibility to the SHORT RIGA National Competition upon request by the Festival. The film will otherwise not be reviewed.
3.4. Only films completed after 1 January 2020 are eligible.
3.5. The festival does not require a Latvian premiere status and will consider all applications. However, if the film would have its world premiere at the festival, this will be considered an advantage in relation to other submitted works that have screened at a public screening in Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted online between 17 March and 30 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2) via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/rigaiff). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the SHORT RIGA National Competition, please contact SHORT RIGA Project Coordinator Lauma Kaudzite at lauma@rigaiff.lv.
3.7. The early submission deadline for SHORT RIGA National Competition entries is 16 April 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). There is no submission fee before the early deadline.
The regular deadline for SHORT RIGA National Competition entries is 30 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The submission fee per entry before the regular deadline (from 17 April 2021) is EUR 10.
3.8. The Festival has the right to accept submissions received through other channels than stated here, and to refuse films submitted after 30 June 2021. The Selection Committee holds the right to waive fees with no additional explanation.
3.9. If a short film is selected to screen in the competition section, the director or a representative from the film team is invited to present it at the RIGA IFF.

4. SELECTION
4.1. All entries are reviewed by a Selection Committee.
4.2. The final decision is taken by the curator of the SHORT RIGA section.
4.3. Not less than 6 short films are chosen during the selection.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2021.

5. JURY
The selected short films will be judged by an international jury composed of 5 film professionals, this jury evaluates both SHORT RIGA National and International Competitions.

6. PRIZE
6.1. The director of the winning short film will receive a special award – “Silver Grass-snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a grass-snake).
6.2. Candidacy for the European Short Film 2021 award. From the films screened at SHORT RIGA International and National Competitions the jury selects a single candidacy for the award “European Short Film 2021.” Eligible are directors born in Europe or with a European country passport (Europe as undestood in the sense of the European Film Academy, meaning both EU and non-EU, and including Israeli and Palestinian passport holders) whose films were produced in 2020 or 2021, and do not exceed a running time of 30 min.

– BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION REGULATIONS –

1. ORGANISER
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) is organised by the association “Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls” (Riga International Film Festival).

2. FESTIVAL DATES
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 14 to 24 October 2021.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION is to promote Baltic music videos in Latvia, advance the development and understanding of music videos as full-fledged artworks, as well as to encourage a closer cooperation between music video creators and the film industry.
3.2. There are no genre or language restrictions for the competition.
3.3. The major part of the production crew of eligible music videos must come from the Baltic countries: Latvia, Lithuania and/or Estonia.
3.4. Only music videos released no earlier than 1 June 2020 are eligible.
3.5. Entries must be submitted online between 17 March and 1 August 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2) via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/rigaiff). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION, please contact the competition's Curator Agnese Logina at agnese@rigaiff.lv.
3.6. If a music video is selected for the competition, the director, the musicians and/or representatives from the film team are invited to present it at RIGA IFF.

4. SELECTION
4.1. All entries are reviewed by a Selection Committee.
4.2. The final decision is taken by the curator of the BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION section.
4.3. No less than 15 music videos will be chosen.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2021.

5. JURY
5.1. The selected music videos will be judged by an international 5-member jury.
5.2. The jury will be made up of the following professionals: music video creators, music industry representatives, music video curators for other international film festivals and music journalists.

6. PRIZE
The director of the winning music video will receive a special award – “Silver Grass Snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for the grass snake).

7. EXPENSES
7.1. RIGA IFF covers travel expenses within the Baltic countries and accommodation costs for the representatives of the music videos selected for the BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION.
7.2. RIGA IFF covers accommodation costs and travel expenses for two representatives from each music video selected for competition.

– RIGA IFF CHILDREN'S FEATURE FILM COMPETITION (ECFA PRIZE) REGULATIONS –

1. ORGANISER
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) is organised by the association “Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls” (Riga International Film Festival).

2. FESTIVAL DATES
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 14 to 24 October 2021. The competition will be held remotely as online screenings.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the RIGA IFF Children's Feature Film Competition – European Children's Film Association (ECFA) prize is to promote high quality European films that are respectful towards and mindful of their young audience (aged between 7 and 13) .
3.2. The competition is open to feature length live-action and animation films with a minimum running time of 60 min.
3.3. Only films that are produced in the 27 countries of the European Union, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom are eligible.
3.4. Only films completed on, or after 20 June 2019 are eligible.
3.5. Preference will be given to films that have not screened publicly in Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted between 17 March and 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2) via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/rigaiff). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the RIGA IFF Children's Film Competition (ECFA prize), please contact the competition's Curator Kristīne Simsone at kristine@rigaiff.lv.
3.7. The early submission deadline for RIGA IFF Children's Feature Film Competition (ECFA prize) is 16 April 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). There is no submission fee if you submit before the early deadline.
The regular deadline for RIGA IFF Children's Feature Film Competition (ECFA prize) entries is 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The submission fee per entry before the regular deadline (from 17 April 2021) is EUR 10.
3.8. The Festival has the right to accept submissions received through other channels than stated here, and to refuse films submitted after 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The Selection Committee holds the right to waive fees with no additional explanation.
3.9. Producers must provide a DCP copy with English subtitles if the film is selected to screen at RIGA IFF.
3.10. If a film is selected for competition, the director or a representative of the film will be invited to record an introduction to the film, which will be played before the screening, as well as to participate in a Q&A with the audience that will take place live online after the film's screening.

4. SELECTION
4.1. All entries are reviewed by a Selection Committee.
4.2. The final decision is taken by the Curator of the RIGA IFF children's film programme.
4.3. No more than 6 films are chosen for the ECFA award competition.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2021.

5. JURY
The selected films will be judged by an international jury composed of at least 3 film professionals who are members of ECFA. The jury's work will be organised remotely, as online screenings and meetings.

6. PRIZE
The winning film will be eligible for the Overall ECFA Award, voted on by all ECFA members and presented during the Berlinale.

7. EXPENSES
RIGA IFF covers expenses of storing the film copy in Riga as well as well as inbound shipping costs.

– RIGA IFF CHILDREN'S SHORT FILM COMPETITION (ECFA PRIZE) REGULATION –

1. ORGANISER
The Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) is organised by the association “Rīgas Starptautiskais kino festivāls” (Riga International Film Festival).

2. FESTIVAL DATES
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 14 to 24 October 2021. The competition will be held remotely as online screenings.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the RIGA IFF Children's Short Film Competition – European Children's Film Association (ECFA) prize is to promote high quality European films that are respectful towards and mindful of their young audience (for ages up to 9 years).
3.2. The competition is open for short films with a maximum running time of 30 min.
3.3. Only films that are produced in the 27 countries of the European Union, Norway, Iceland and the United Kingdom are eligible.
3.4. Only films completed on, or after 20 June 2019 are eligible.
3.5. Preference will be given to films that have not screened publicly in Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted between 17 March and 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2) via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/rigaiff). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the RIGA IFF Children's Short Film Competition (ECFA prize), please contact the competition's Curator Kristīne Simsone at kristine@rigaiff.lv.
3.7. The early submission deadline for RIGA IFF Children's Short Film Competition (ECFA prize) is 16 April 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). There is no submission fee if you submit before the early deadline.
The regular deadline for RIGA IFF Children's Short Film Competition (ECFA prize) entries is 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The submission fee per entry before the regular deadline (from 17 April 2021) is EUR 10.
3.8. The Festival has the right to accept submissions received through other channels than stated here, and to refuse films submitted after 20 June 2021, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The Selection Committee holds the right to waive fees with no additional explanation.
3.9. If a film is selected to screen at RIGA IFF, producers must provide a digital copy of the film with English subtitles (if applicable).
3.10. If a film is selected for the competition, the director or a representative of the film will be invited to record an introduction to the film, which will be played before each screening, and to participate in a Q&A session with the audience that will take place live online after the screening.

4. SELECTION
4.1. All entries are reviewed by a Selection Committee.
4.2. The final decision is taken by the Curator of the RIGA IFF children's film programme.
4.3. Between 8 and 12 films will be chosen for the ECFA Short Film Award competition.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2021.

5. JURY
The selected films will be judged by an international jury composed of at least 3 film professionals who are members of the European Children's Film Association. The jury's work will be organised remotely, as online screenings and meetings.

6. PRIZE
The winning film will be eligible for the ECFA Short Film Award, voted on by all ECFA members and presented during the Berlinale.

7. EXPENSES
RIGA IFF covers the expenses of storing the film copy in Riga.

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  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival like this is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite programming for the audiences.

    October 2021
  • Great Film Festival. Thank you very much.

    November 2020