SHORT RIGA:
COMING SOON SESSIONS

In 2017 the SHORT RIGA Baltic Student Competition programme has grown into a session for coming-soon projects from the Baltics – an opportunity for young Baltic filmmakers to present their projects to a panel of international experts right before their films hit the screens. The experts give their feedback on the crafts and advise on the best ways to add finishing touches to the production as well as insight on how to best position the works in the short film festival circuit.

#SHORT_RIGA
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THU SEP 14
14:00 – 18:00
Short film project presentations
Kino Bize

FRI SEP 15
10:00 – 14:00
Short film project presentations
Kino Bize

THE EXPERTS

PETER MURDMAA
Director and founder of ShortEst Estonian short Film agency.

 

ALEXEI DMITRIEV
A Russian filmmaker and  film curator who has been to almost every short film festival in Europe.

 

NIK POWELL
Producer and Director of National Film and Television School in the UK.

 

SONORA BROKA
Film programmer, Creative Director of RIGA IFF, Latvia.

 

NIV FUX
Director of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival (TSFF), considered to be the largest student film festival in the world.

 

ULO PIKKOV
Internationally renowned Esotinan filmmaker, producer and film scholar.

PARTICIPANTS


LAST STOP IS THE MOON

Animation, Experimental PL/LT 8'39''
DIR.: Birute Sodeikaite
PROD.: Justyna Rucinska, Wojtek Leszczynski, Anna Mroczek, Agne Adomene
COMING: 2017
PROD. COMP.: Likaon, Art shot

A story of a girl who is trying to deal with her illness. Imagining the illness as a Lion and herself as a Unicorn she goes through the different stages of acceptance.

BIRUTE SODEIKAITE

BIRUTE SODEIKAITE is a puppet animation director, puppet and scenography artist, animator. An alumni of The Arts University Bournemouth, UK. With practice at the greatest puppet animation studios in Europe (Aardman, UK, Nukufilm, Estonia, Se-Ma-For, Poland). This is her debut film as a puppet director.


NOTES FROM INSOMNIA

Fiction, Experimental LV 11'44''
DIR.: Antons Barons
PROD.: Mārcis Jansons
COMING: 2017
PROD. COMP.: Latvian Academy of Culture

Strange, that slumber comes at dawn.

ANTONS BARONS

After graduation from Riga School of Design and Art Antons had worked at the theater as a projectionist. After finding his real passion - moving image he started his film studies in audiovisual arts production, later on moving to film directing in 2016.


SAND COWBOY

Fiction LV 26'
DIR.: Marta Martinsone
PROD.: Daiga Livčāne
COMING: 2017
PROD. COMP.: Latvian Academy of Culture

Billy Joe lives in a small town and his biggest dream is to become a famous country musician. All he wants is to participate in the Bauska Country Festival, forgetting about the needs of his girlfriend and reality as such.

MARTA MARTINSONE

Marta has studied theater directing and has directed several plays in Dirty Deal Teatro and Ģertrūdes ielas teātris. She’s interested in the symbiosis of theater and cinema, as well as the relative relevance of reality and the genre of art.


YANA

Fiction LT 30'
DIR.: Saule Bliuvaite
PROD.: Vitalijus Gylys
COMING: 2017
PROD. COMP.: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

The main character of the film Jana slept with her sister's husband - her sister throws her out of the apartment where she has been allowed to live.

SAULE BLIUVAITE

After finishing highschool Saule studied journalism for a year and then, in 2014, she started film directing studies in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In the last year Saule created short film Life is beautiful which was screened in the Vilnius international film festival.


THE YEARNING

Fiction EE/LT 30'
DIR.: Cesar Reyna
PROD.: 2017
COMING: Johannes Magnus Aule
PROD. COMP.: Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, Cesar Reyna

An overwhelmed single mother who lives with her blind son must keep her feelings for him back until a mysterious young guy arrives at their home to live with them.

CESAR REYNA

Cesar has studied Philosophy at Central University of Venezuela and a BA in Audiovisual Media in Filmmaking at Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn. While living in Venezuela, he worked as a Producer, Cameraman and Editor.


THE LAST DAY

Fiction LT TBC'
DIR.: Klaudija Matvejevaite
PROD.: TBC
COMING: 2017
PROD. COMP.: Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

What would you do if you knew your day of death?

KLAUDIJA MATVEJEVAITE

Born in Vilnius, 1995. 2002-2014 went to the National M K Čiurlionis School of Arts (Fine Arts department, Graphic Arts class). Since 2014 is a student of the Film Directing course in the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Currently working as director and casting director in film and TV.


PINOKIO

Fiction LV 17'
DIR.: Elita Kļavina
PROD.: Latvian Academy of Culture
COMING: 2017
PROD. COMP.: Latvian Academy of Culture

Actor/mother confronted by agonizing decision.

ELITA KĻAVIŅA

Elita Kļaviņa is a Latvian actress and a former journalist. She has worked for Jaunais Rīgas Teātris and has taken part in several films.