The Riga International Film Festival announces its winners
- The sixth edition of the Latvian festival saw the triumph of Karolis Kaupinis’ Nova Lituania
It’s a wrap for the 6th edition of Riga International Film Festival (Riga IFF), which took place from 17-27 October this year. Karolis Kaupinis’ Nova Lituania [+see also:
interview: Karolis Kaupinis
film profile] snagged the most important prize, the Riga IFF Award. The Lithuanian helmer’s feature revolves around an eccentric geography professor (played by Aleksas Kazanavičius) who, sensing the upcoming political turmoil of World War II, has the wild idea of creating a “backup” homeland on a distant island.
Meanwhile, the FIPRESCI Jury Award went to Estonian-French-Belgian co-production Scandinavian Silence [+see also:
interview: Martti Helde
film profile] by Martti Helde, also recipient of the People’s Choice Award. Finally, the Latvian strand of Russian festival Artdocfest awarded Ksenia Okhapkina’s Immortal [+see also:
interview: Ksenia Okhapkina
film profile]. The Estonian-Latvian documentary had a very successful festival run since it won the Grand Prix for Best Documentary Film at Karlovy Vary in July.
The prestigious Baltic film event featured over 140 films across 11 sections and competition programmes, bringing together contemporary European cinema and classics, festival hits and directorial debuts. Screenings took place at various cultural venues around the Latvian capital, including Splendid Palace, Kino Suns, Kino Bize, Café Film Noir and the National Library. The festival was opened on 17 October with Gints Zilbalodis’ 3D animated feature Away [+see also:
interview: Gints Zilbalodis
film profile], winner of the Contrechamp Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
Here is the complete list of award winners:
Feature Film Competition
Animus Animalis (A Story about People, Animals and Things) [+see also:
interview: Aistė Žegulytė
film profile] – Aistė Žegulytė (Lithuania)
Splendid Palace People’s Choice Award
Scandinavian Silence – Martti Helde
Short Riga International Competition
Best Short Film
Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days – Regina Pessoa (Portugal/Canada/France)
Community Gardens – Vytautas Katkus (Lithuania)
Operation Jane Walk – Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner (Austria)
Short Riga Baltic Music Video Competition
Best Music Video
Garbanotas – Liūdnos akys – Titas Sūdžius (Lithuania)
Puuluup – Kasekesed – Taavi Arus (Estonia)
Kids Weekend Feature Film Competition
Maxim Shved - Pure Art (Poland/Belarus) (medium-length film)
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