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AIJA BĒRZIŅA

President

“Of course we’re being realistic – we understand that Riga becoming a new gathering centre for the cinema industry is a long-term goal. But that doesn’t mean we can sit around waiting for our creative minds to come up with work that breaks through the clutter – we need to act in order for it to happen sooner than later. And I truly feel that the festival and it’s evolution shall become the platform for the developing Latvian film culture in a sense broader than one might think.”

aija@rigaiff.lv

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SONORA BROKA

Artistic Director

“I come from a film festival world that didn’t ask whether there needs to be a festival, a world that didn’t wait for the state to “follow French fashion” and give it all the money it needs – this world was so convinced that “the most beautiful fraud” is absolutely necessary for a truly cultured society, the tradition of a festival in Riga was inevitable. I hope we can restore these values and yet take a step forward – to become a beacon of a new language of cinema and a new culture of expressing and experiencing it.”

sonora@rigaiff.lv

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LIENE TREIMANE

Managing Director

“A SCREENING AT A FESTIVAL IS NOT A SCREENING – IT’S AN EVENT. A FESTIVAL CANNOT AFFORD TO JUST BE A REALLY GOOD STREAM OF MAGNIFICENT FILMS – IT NEEDS TO LIVE, IT NEEDS TO BREATHE OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF THE CINEMA HOUSE, BEYOND THE CREDITS ROLL. I HOPE YOU DON’T GET TO SLEEP MUCH DURING THOSE TEN DAYS!”

liene@rigaiff.lv

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ELVISS ZANTS

Fesitival Communication & Image

“Just like with music – to me it has always been important to firstly be a fan of film. I think the fact that – even after experiencing the inside world of filmmaking – I can still get shivers down my spine when the screen goes dark after an instant classic or an unexpectedly good debut, is the sole most important reason I’m here. I’m honoured to be a part of history in the making. I do not know how to do it, nobody knows. Because it’s only the second time ’round Riga witnesses a project of such magnitude and responsibility. It’s not just a festival, it’s the Riga International one!”

elviss@rigaiff.lv

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ZANE DZENE

MEDIA & PUBLIC RELATIONS

“To me the festival is a celebration where one can be overwhelmed by on-screen delight that’s built on an artistic vision rather than shamelessly commercialized code that directs one precisely when to laugh and when to cry. The festival – it’s the authors in search of their audience, it’s directions that will reach the mainstream only in the future, so that each one of us can discover a genius – a star that will outshine the lot in the days to come.”

press@rigaiff.lv

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AMANDA BOKA

General Manager, European Script Meeting

“IT’S NOT JUST KEEPING FILM PROJECTS ON YEAR AFTER YEAR, IT’S ABOUT UPPING THE ANTE – HOPEFULLY – EVERY TIME WE MEET. THE EUROPEAN SCRIPT MEETING AS A PART OF THE FESTIVAL I BELIEVE CAN BECOME ONE OF THE INSTRUMENTS FOR DEVELOPING THE TRULY NEW IN THIS INDUSTRY. BECAUSE – HOW ELSE THAN BY ACTUAL HUMAN CONTACT CAN WE SURPRISE OURSELVES INTO NEW CREATIVE HORIZONS?”

amanda@rigaiff.lv

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VITALY MANSKY

President, ARTDOCFEST

“ARTDOCFEST – Riga means premieres. Premieres that the best documentaries of the year definitely deserve but cannot possibly have in Moscow. Because of authors and their heroes being in peril, because of censorship, because of Russian law and Russian lawlessness. Yet the very nature of these obsticles is also what constitutes the contemporary Russia. This Russia is what these films are so telling of – even if some of them are made thousands of kilometers away from the Russian borders.”

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KRISTĪNE GILUCE

Curator, KIDS WEEKEND + #YOUTH_MATTERS!

“It is one of the main responsibilities of any festival to offer an experience as diverse as possible. For a festival to take its diversity to the level of engaging with the youngest film audience is risky business but it’s definitely worth it. Especially if you can share stories that captures not just their imaginations but can potentially provoke a discussion amongst them, amongst the family. It’s the most beautiful thing – to have fun and learn something about this world at the same time!”

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ANNA VEILANDE-KUSTIKOVA

Curator, SHORT RIGA

“A short film is the natural habitat for the contemporary avant-garde in cinema. It is a format through which the filmmaker explores and experiments, where we see him/her questioning the contemporary trends of cinema and the concept of cinema itself. The world needs this habitat, we would like to be it’s protectors.”

anna@rigaiff.lv

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IEVA ROMANOVA

Project Manager, LIELAIS KRISTAPS

“The national festival and it’s award has always been about thanksgiving. The integration of Latvian productions into the international dimension of the Riga IFF is a sign of the formation of an industry which has to date been too large a term for our scope. Not anymore. This year we’ll say thanks altogether again!”