Latvia to celebrate 50 years of animation films

On Tuesday, the cinema “Splendid Palace” will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Latvian-drawn animation, said the Latvian Filmmakers Union October 28.

The event on November 3 includes a meeting with the animation masters and an animation film program.

50 years ago, a creator team of two-dimensional animation films was founded under the auspices of Latvian Television. 

The first film Lietaina diena (Rainy Day) (director Rose Stiebra, operator Ansis Bērziņš) was made of cardboard, fabric and application paper. The team averaged two animated short films a year, establishing tradition and putting forth a leading genre – musical films based on a poem or song.

In 1983, the first hand-drawn film, Kabata (The Pocket) was taped. In the late 1980s, the group moved to the Rīga Kinostudija film studio, where they formed a separate animation studio Dauka, which has since become legendary and iconic in Latvian animation.

The contribution of Roze Stiebra and Ansis Bērziņš to the introduction of animations and the education of future generations of artists and the sharing of knowledge is invaluable, said the Filmmakers Union:

“Since the experience of Dauka, Latvian two-dimensional animation has developed, improved and achieved real attention and appreciation in the world.”

Entry to the event is free. One must register at [email protected]

The program is available on Splendid Palace website.

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