SHORTS AND MUSIC
This framework comprises the International short film competition programme, the Baltic music video competition programme and… lots of parties! Because it makes no sense to watch a whole lot of incredible cinema and leave without having a chat about it afterwards. Look for the “S” sign (or is it a snake?) for adventure – cinematic, social and just fun!
SHORT RIGA: Festival Darlings
Fresh bounty from the sea of short films, caught during the most important film events of 2016 and 2017. A handful of successful short films travels the world every year. Five distinctive pieces from this range that show the prevailing trends in the short format over the last two years.
Short story about a mother, her son and their relationship. Who is the grown-up here? What does it mean to be a grown-up?
Sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s Princess X – a futuristic bronze phallus instead of a bust of Napoleon’s relative, Marie Bonaparte.
Because of ID issues, a man risks the authorities separating him from his underage daughter, who has just had a baby.
SHORT RIGA: Cinema Cinema
German photographer and filmmaker Leni Kastell Leni talks about her memories in 1945.
The painted portraits… mesmerize both the viewer in the movie and in front of the screen.
A tour of the place will prove that sometimes one painting is not enough.
Georgian Film is one of world’s oldest movie studios. Now it looks like a ghost land.
The Wizard of U.S. is an animated collage, a social satire referring to a popular American story by L. F. Baum The Wizard of Oz.
SHORT RIGA: Space Between Us
On us who create intellectual, physical and emotional spaces.
An immense dissappointment. Instead of a puppy for her birthday she got a father…
A mother with her daughter missing, refuses to go gentle into this good night.
SHORT RIGA: Strange Strangeness
When you’re strange, no one remembers your name.
SHORT RIGA: Take Us As We Are
On everything they expect from us.
As puberty approaches, they recognize the differences between body and mind.
The physical transformation and deconstruction of gender identity during a pregnancy. Filmform, © Maja Borg – Man, 2016.
SHORT RIGA: The Other World
Places that only exist there and then, where and when we are not present.
In Pranjani, a small village in Serbia, locals compete in Rakija-making and Rakija-drinking.
An ironic story about the farewell to the phantoms of the USSR in Ukraine.
Airport – a place where the limits of borders, security and tolerance are tested.
SHORT RIGA: Waiting
When you are longing for someone, something or somewhere
The family’s experience of Geir’s disappearance. Living with unanswered questions.
Father and son try to make the dying mother feel comfortable during her final hours.
SHORT RIGA: #BMV
The Baltic music video competition programme consists of the latest music videos with high artistic quality from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The audience will also have a chance to meet the authors and get a first-hand insight into the convergence of the text, music and video.