This autumn from 21 - 23 October Investment and Development agency of Latvia is pleased to invite you to British film professionals trade tour during the Riga International Film Festival and learn about the film production trends and opportunities in Latvia.
The recent BBC’s TV production War & Peace, as well as the previous success of Left Bank’s Wallander has generated an interested in the UK about easily accessible Latvia’s filming locations, experienced film crews and attractive cash rebate, both nationally and from the capital city, Riga. Therefore, trade tour is a follow up from the last year's successful event in London that brought together the Latvian and the British TV and film producers to explore closer cooperation opportunities. The fact that the trade tour is taking place during the Riga International Film Festival is also not coincidence. The festival was launched in 2014, the year Riga was the European Capital of Culture, alongside the European film awards ceremony reaffirming Latvia as the Baltics current film making hot-spot.
Why join the trade tour?
... to learn about film production and funding opportunties in Latvia
... to network with local and foreign filmmakers and industry professionals
... to attend public pitchings and one-to-one meetings with producers
... to find locations in Riga and outside for the upcoming film projects
... to enjoy Riga IFF programme at the legendary Splendid Palace theatre
Friday, 21 October
Arrival in Riga. Direct flights from London with AirBaltic/British Airways/Wizzair/Ryanair
16.00 -18.00 Riga IFF FORUM workshop: Michael Gubbins. How to Build Audience for European Films in the Digital Era @Cafe Film Noir
18.00 - 19.00 Networking reception with Riga IFF guests @ Splendid Palace
21.00 SHORT RIGA screening-slash-party: Baltic Music Video competition programme @Cafe Film Noir
Saturday, 22 October
10.00 - 11.30 Producers meeting: cash rebate tools and location presentations by National Film Centre, Riga Film Fund, Latvian Film Producers Asssociation @Splendid Palace Green Hall
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee break @Cafe Film Noir
12:00 - 13:00 Meet Latvian film producers @Splendid Palace Green Hall
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 - 18.00 Location tour of Riga and its surroundings
20.00 Riga IFF closing ceremony @Splendid Palace
20.30 Riga IFF closing party @Cafe Film Noir
Sunday, 23 October
Departure from Riga. Direct flights to London with AirBaltic/British Airways/Wizzair/Ryanair
This year the festival will maintain it’s previous nine-programme structure, incorporating the collaboration with one of Russia’s most prominent documentary film festivals Artdocfest, a joint programme with the national award Lielais Kristaps, a Nordic film panorama NORDIC HIGHLIGHTS developed together with all the Nordic embassies as well as the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia, and the Danish Cultural Institute in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; the family programme KIDS WEEKEND; the retrospective programme IN KINO VERITAS, which will focus on non-narrative cinema to try decipher the ways how our film-watching habits form, a challenge for a discussion on the very grounds on which cinematic language is built. The SHORT RIGA programme will showcase short films, experimental cinema and music video, while the RIGA IFF SELECTION – most important new cinema from Europe and the world. The festival will also host it’s second international competition. Off screen the festival will also continue developing it’s The festival’s home will be the legendary Splendid Palace, which will host most of the programmes, while the rest of its venues – including the two restaurants Tinto and Cafe Film Noir shall accommodate lectures, conferences, discussions, soirees, as well as family events.
To apply for the trade tour please contact Ms Alise Pika by Friday, 14th October (firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 7514529664). LIAA will cover the cost of hotel and transportation during the trade tour.
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