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 will be judged by an international jury consisting of industry experts, filmmakers, and representatives from the international film festival community.
The winning director will receive the Golden Rooster, an eight-piece figurine designed in collaboration with artist Ervins Broks that can be shared among the crew. The winner also receives a monetary prize of EUR 4,000. The Award Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.
– INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION (EFA qualifying) –
Whether animated, narrative, documentary, or experimental, the RIGA IFF International Short Film Competition seeks to highlight auteur cinema and distinctive forms of expression in short format. The festival’s curators select up to 25 of the most interesting submissions from around the world to be part of the competition. 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 2,000. The jury selects a single candidate for the European Short Film 2023 award from the films screened in the RIGA IFF National and International Short Film Competitions.
– NATIONAL SHORT RIGA COMPETITION (EFA qualifying) –
The local film scene is particularly dynamic when it comes to short films. The films that are selected for the National Short Film Competition have been made in 2021 or later and represent a variety of genres and forms. The competition is judged by an international jury to ensure that the unique features of Latvian-made films are acknowledged from a broader perspective. In the opinion of RIGA IFF, every film included in the Competition is already a winner. 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) – and a monetary prize of EUR 1,000. The jury selects a single candidate for the European Short Film 2023 award from the films screened in the RIGA IFF National and International Short Film Competitions.
– KIDS' REEL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION (ECFA qualifying) –
The RIGA IFF KIDS' REEL Feature Film Competition seeks to highlight quality European children's films that use the cinematic medium in an eloquent and considerate way to convey themes relevant to children. Entries must be suitable for audiences up to 14 years of age. There will be 2 winning films: one will be the ECFA prize winner (eligible for the Overall ECFA Award, voted on by all ECFA members and presented during the Berlinale) while the film chosen by the children's jury will receive distribution rights from Latvian State Television (LTV).
– KIDS' REEL SHORT FILM COMPETITION (ECFA qualifying) –
The RIGA IFF KIDS' REEL Short Film Competition seeks to highlight quality European children's films that use the cinematic medium in an eloquent and considerate way to convey themes relevant to children. Entries must be suitable for audiences up to 7 years of age. The winning film will be eligible for the ECFA Short Film Award that is voted on by all ECFA members and presented during the Berlinale.
– BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO COMPETITION –
The BALTIC MUSIC VIDEO Competition (BMV) endeavors to uphold the belief that the music video is an independent and powerful short format in its own right. The RIGA IFF curators look for videos that challenge the audience and push the boundaries of accepted formats, contents, and artistic expression. The screening of this programme is designed as a special event in itself – it is a lively meeting between music video creators, musicians and composers, curators, the members of the international jury, and the audience.
Rules and regulations can be found at enter.rigaiff.lv