Artdocfest/Riga film festival coming end of April

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International Film Festival Artdocfest/Riga will take place from April 28 to May 3, organizers said in a statement April 14.

The festival's organizers have decided that the pandemic-time festival will be taking the form of a documentary film.

“Film plot: Festival organizers bring a film to one viewer or a small "bubble" of viewers and document the film's premiere in person. A question and answer session/author discussion with viewers takes place after the film session,” said the statement.

Since the festival/documentary shooting takes place in restricted conditions, only one of the programs, "Baltijas fokuss" (Baltic focus) will be shown in seven sessions. One individual session will be held for the festival's film “Gunda.”  On May 3 , the final festival ceremony will be held, with the announcement of winners and awards.

From May 1-3 , a documentary cinema symposium will take place at the festival.

Reports from film premieres, symposium and festival award ceremony will be broadcast online and published on the festival's home page.

All festival films are scheduled to be shown in August to the general public in cinemas, along with meeting authors.

Initially, the festival was planned in November 2020, but due to the state of emergency it was postponed. 

Artdocfest programs, until now, were organized in collaboration with Rīga International Film Festival (IFF) as part of its documentary section.

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