The seventh Riga International Film Festival (RIGA IFF) ended on Sunday 25 October, concluding the first time a hybrid format combining physical screenings with online shows has been used.
This year, the festival lineup consisted of 129 films in 10 thematic programs and was presented in a new format – films were available for viewing in person as well as online across Latvia.
Liene Treimane, the Director of RIGA IFF said:
“This year has proven that a festival can be different. Cinephiles can still come together despite having to watch films on screens in their homes and having to distance and observe the multiple restrictions that have been imposed on cinemas. This year, we created a festival like none of us had ever experienced before: it was made up of 129 films in 66 in-person and 50 online screenings, and countless online meetings with film professionals from around the world. I would like to extend a special thank you to the festival’s daring team, including the over 100 tireless volunteers, as well as to all of our viewers.”
Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s drama Conference (Konferentsiya, Russia), a film about overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder over the course of many years and coming to terms with a tragic event, won the festival’s feature film competition’s main prize.
The FEATURE FILM COMPETITION program included eight films from the Baltic Sea region and the Nordic countries and included the long-awaited national premiere of the surreal tragicomedy What Silent Gerda Knows (Ko zina Klusā Gerda).
The feature films were judged by an international jury – director and producer Laila Pakalniņa, Marge Liiske, Head of [email protected]