Rīga International Film Festival open for competition submissions

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This year, the Rīga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) will be bringing audiences and film professionals together for the 10th time. The festival, which is the biggest celebration of cinema in Latvia, will take place October 12–22, but March 15 sees the opening of submissions for its four competition sections.

Juries made up of a mix of international and local experts will select the winners of the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries, the best international and national short film, and the best music video from the Baltics.

All competitions are open to submissions with no restrictions on format (narrative, documentary, animation, or hybrid etc.) or genre. To read more about deadlines and the rules and regulations for each competition, please visit enter.rigaiff.lv.

The deadline to submit international short films is 31 May, but other entries can still be submitted until 30 June. All submitters will be notified of the status of their applications by 10 September 2023 at the latest and the winners will be publicly announced at the Awards Ceremony on the last Saturday of the festival.

RIGA IFF will not accept films produced or co-produced by the Russian Federation and/or Belarus.

The winner of the RIGA IFF Feature Film Competition receives the festival's main prize, the Golden Rooster, and a EUR 4,000 cash prize. The best international short film will receive a cash prize of EUR 2,000 and the best national short film will receive EUR 1,000. The winner of the Baltic Music Video Competition will receive a cash prize of EUR 1,000.

RIGA IFF is celebrating its 10th edition in 2023 and last year welcomed 25,000 visitors to its screenings and other events. RIGA IFF receives support from the State Culture Capital Foundation, the Riga City Council, the National Film Centre, and Creative Europe MEDIA.

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