Hosted at this eastern Latgale provincial center’s new showpiece ‘cultural embassy’ venue Gors (Spirit), the Open Place festival’s Grand Prix was awarded to a short film from Denmark for the second year in a row.
Nominees were awarded in four categories, plus three special awards were given. Danish director Karl Olsson’s “Blessed be this place” won best documentary short, Polish director Bartosz Kruhlik’s “Heat” won best fiction film, and Latvian director Edmunds Jansons won best animation for “Choir tour”.
Russian director Anna Janovskaya won the audience favorite award for her short film “The good person”.
Altogether 27 films took part in the festival program, made by young directors from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Denmark, Germany and Russia. A jury of professionals from Latvia and Sweden rated the entries, which were honored at an awards ceremony and all-star music and dance concert performance.