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 ten selected titles are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, theoreticians, 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 poured in bronze – among the film crew. The winner also receives a monetary prize of EUR 2000. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.

– SHORT RIGA International Competition –

The selected short film titles are evaluated by an international jury consisting of industry experts, theoreticians, filmmakers, and representatives of the international film festival community.
The award – “Silver Grass-snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a grass-snake) – is presented to the film that elicits the liveliest discussions and generates the greatest passion about the very fabric of cinema. The winner is also awarded a monetary prize of EUR 1000. 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, theoreticians, filmmakers, and representatives from the international film festival community.
The award – “Silver Grass-snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a grass-snake) – is presented to the film that elicits the liveliest discussions and generates the greatest passion about the very fabric of cinema. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.

– SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition* –

The award – “Silver Grass-snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a 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 panel of international jury consists of five people – a creator of music video clips, a music-video curator representing an international film festival, a musician, a music journalist, and a professional musical event manager. Competition participants may attend the jury’s official screening as an additional opportunity in which to exchange thoughts and opinions.

* – Candidacy for the Award “European Short Film 2021”
From the films screened at both 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 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.

THE 7TH RIGA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
15–25 October 2020, Riga, Latvia

REGULATIONS OF THE RIGA IFF FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

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

2. PLACE AND TIME
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 15 to 25 October 2020.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition is to promote auteur cinema of the Baltic Sea region and Nordic countries in Latvia as well as to follow development of its cinematic language by recognizing 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 feature films, as well as cross-genre productions.
3.3. Only films from the Baltic Sea region (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia 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 2019 are eligible.
3.5. Preference will be given to films that have not been screened publicly during any international events on the territory of Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted between 19 March and 1 July 2020 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 curator Sonora Broka at sonora@rigaiff.lv.

3.7. Producers must provide a DCP copy with English subtitles if the film is selected for screening during the RIGA IFF.
3.8. If the film is selected for the competition, its director or representative of the film crew 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 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 2020.

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 – RIGA IFF figurine – and a monetary prize of EUR 2,000.00 .

7. EXPENSES
RIGA IFF covers the travel expenses and accommodation of the director or representative of the films selected for the Feature Film Competition and the expenses of storage of the film copy in Riga and its return to the owner.

– REGULATIONS OF THE SHORT RIGA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION –

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

2. PLACE AND TIME
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 15 to 25 October 2020.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the SHORT RIGA International Competition is to promote short films of the world in Latvia as well as to follow development of auteur short films in the world by finding and screening the most skilful and astonishing works with 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 2019 are eligible.
3.5. Preference will be given to short films that have not been screened publicly during any international events on the territory of Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted online between 19 March and 1 July 2020 via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/RIGAIFF). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the SHORT RIGA International Competition, please contact the competition curator Anna Zača at anna@rigaiff.lv.
3.7. The early submission deadline for SHORT RIGA entries is 1 May 2020, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). There is no submission fee before the early deadline.
The regular deadline for SHORT RIGA entries is 1 June 2020, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The submission fee per entry before the regular deadline (from 2 May 2020) is EUR 7,50.
The final deadline for SHORT RIGA entries is 1 July 2020, 23:59 (local time in Latvia, GMT+2). The submission fee per entry before the final deadline (from 2 June 2020) is EUR 15,00.
3.8. The Festival does not provide any fee waivers for film submissions after the early deadline. The Festival has the right to accept submissions received in other forms than hereby stated, and to refuse late submissions. The Selection Committee holds the right to waive selected submissions of the fee with no additional comments.
3.8.1. Submission is free of charge for short films and art pieces that can be considered Latvian (those are works of directors based/born in Latvia or films that state Latvia as one of its production countries).
3.9. If the short film is selected for the competition, its director or representative of the film crew is invited to present it at the RIGA IFF.
3.10. The Festival reserves the right to invite the submitted film to other sections, such as Baltic Animated Short Films or SHORT RIGA National Competition.

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 30 short films are chosen during the selection.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2020.

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 a grass-snake) and a monetary prize of EUR 1,000.
6.2. Candidacy for the Award “European Short Film 2021”.

From the films screened at SHORT RIGA International Competition 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 understood 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.

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

– REGULATIONS OF THE SHORT RIGA NATIONAL COMPETITION –

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

2. PLACE AND TIME
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 15 to 25 October 2020.

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 established professionals and students born in Latvia or those who are long term residents of Latvia (at least 2 years).
3.3.2. This competition accepts works that have been made in Latvia and/or have involved Latvian professionals in their production, and name Latvia as one of the production countries.
3.3.3. The submitter of the film must be ready to provide a proof for eligibility to the SHORT RIGA National Competition upon request by the Festival. Otherwise the film will not be reviewed.
3.4. Only films completed after 1 January 2019 are eligible.
3.5. Preference will be given to short films that have not been screened publicly during any international events on the territory of Latvia.
3.6. Entries must be submitted online between 19 March and 1 July 2020 via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/RIGAIFF). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the SHORT RIGA National Competition, please contact the competition curator Anna Zača at anna@rigaiff.lv.
3.7. If the short film is selected for the competition, its director or representative of the film crew 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 2020.

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 Award “European Short Film 2021”.
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.

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

– REGULATIONS OF THE SHORT RIGA: Baltic Music Video Competition –

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

2. PLACE AND TIME
The Riga International Film Festival will be held from 15 to 25 October 2020.

3. GENERAL REGULATIONS
3.1. The aim of the SHORT RIGA: Baltic Music Video Competition is to promote the Baltic music videos in Latvia, advance the development and understanding of music video as full-fledged artwork as well as to encourage closer cooperation between music video makers 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 the eligible music videos must come from the Baltic countries: Latvia, Lithuania and/or Estonia.
3.4. Only music videos released no earlier than June 2019 are eligible.
3.5. Entries must be submitted online between 19 March and 7 August 2020 via FilmFreeway (https://filmfreeway.com/RIGAIFF). If you have questions regarding the regulations or submission process to the SHORT RIGA Baltic Music Video Competition, please contact the competition curator Agnese Logina at agnese@rigaiff.lv.
3.6. If the music video is selected for the competition, its director, musicians and/or representatives of the film crew are 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: Baltic Music Video section.
4.3. Not less than 15 music videos are chosen during the selection.
4.4. The results of the selection will be announced by 10 September 2020.

5. JURY
5.1. The selected music videos will be judged by an international 5-member jury.
5.2. The jury may consist of the following professionals: music video makers, music industry representatives, curators of music video competitions of 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 a grass-snake).

7. EXPENSES
7.1. RIGA IFF covers the travel expenses (within the Baltic countries) and accommodation of the representatives of the music videos selected for the SHORT RIGA: Baltic Music Video Competition.
7.2. Accommodation and travel expenses of two representatives of each music video selected for the competition are covered by the RIGA IFF.